Wow! Hard to believe it's been an entire week since we lifted off from the island. In that week, we've seen some great photos, read some great stories, and in Pete's case....even seen a slick video. That's what makes Searaider special, it's each individual's experience that contributes to the whole. Searaider 2008 was truly a blast, and I hope everyone who has a passion for diving and DOXA, get to experience it one day.
Now speaking of great, we all know how great Searaider 2007 was. This year was no different. We started off at the airport, with everyone arriving within minutes of each other. There was only one minor delay(right Jas) but we secured our vehicles, and headed for the East End.
Figuring that most of us had a fairly stressful and tiring day of travel, I thought it best to keep the remaining part of the day as relaxing as possible. Once checked in, we found our way down to Portofino. If you ever find yourself on the East End of Grand Cayman, Portofino is a "must dine" establishment. It's right on the water, comfortable and the turtle steak(Cayman style)....is superb.
After an incredible dinner, and a bit of grocery shopping, I started making my rounds distributing the great gifts that had been showered upon the Searaiders. Once again, DOXA came through with more great loot(huge thanks guys!). This year, the black 1889 caps made their debut, along with the orange 5000T t-shirts. Coolest of all though, were the new 2008/2009 Caribbean inspired Sub patches. Looks really good on an orange wet-suit.
Along with DOXA's surprises for this year, TUSA climbed aboard and gifted us with some awesome stuff as well. T-shirts, caps and some really cool "fin" key chains, helped to round out the gift packages. Big thanks to Jon Davy(the man behind the TUSA 1000T) for hooking us up
Since we're on the subject of gifts, I was surprised when a few Searaiders were bearing gifts of their own. MTJO gave everyone really nice embroidered "Searaider" polo shirts, and whse handed out some commemorative Searaider 2008 patches, that he embroidered. They accompany the DOXA patches quite well, which you'll see later on. You gotta love the love.
Now, as I made my rounds playing "Caribbean Santa", I started to notice some of the watches that had been brought along. I don't think there was a single reissue that wasn't represented, and the vintage assortment was astounding. Even the non-DOXA pieces were striking, as I'd never seen a Dreadnaught, a Rasmus, much less a PloProf. Even if we'd never gotten around to diving, the "watch meet" element was bigger and better than anything I'd ever seen.
Amazing what a day it had been so far, and we hadn't even been diving yet. With the night marching on, I checked the time on my TUSA....time to check gear and hit the sack. Camera battery charged...check. Dive light charged...check. Regulators in order...check. Man, I can't wait for in the morning.