The First Annual Hanamoenoa Beach Coconut Bocce Winner-Takes-All-The-Marbles Extravaganza

(Hanamoenoa Bay, Tahuata, Marquesas, French Polynesia)

Back during Gregory’s coconut crab obsession in Fatu Hiva he began to collect the husked and hollowed coconuts that were driving his beliefs. Not only did it offer him something semi-productive to do during an otherwise fruitless venture into crab hunting, it gathered the necessary equipment for today’s First Annual Hanamoenoa Beach Coconut Bocce Winner-Takes-All-The-Marbles Extravaganza!

Although hollowed out coconuts do not resemble a bocce ball in weight, their size and affordability make them ideal for a cruiser’s tournament on the beach.

While Greg made the rounds notifying the entire anchorage of the official kickoff time, I jazzed up the coconuts to make team lines clear.

When the sand finally settled and the sun began to set there was no clear winner to be crowned – a good thing to because the tournament name was a little misleading on the actual presence of any marbles to be taken. What we did have was a couple of busted up coconuts, some new friends, and many more great memories to add to the vault.

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Four teams and two spares. Turns out we definitely needed them.

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Working on team red.

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Paint markers all the way from the oil fields of northern Alberta. Bet they didn’t think they’d be used for this!

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Lobbing one out there, no doubt missing the mark. My bocce skills are definitely subpar. Jack and I were taking on Mark and Eileen.

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Blue’s point.

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Marce and Andy taking a round throw the trees.

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Pulling out measuring techniques from curling! No one else was really getting my reference.

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Sundy laying down her best throw.

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Paul chucking one out there as Greg schemes in the background.

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What goes with beach bocce? Skimboarding of course.

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The final bocce players. No point carrying home anything in the cooler. Time to empty it!

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Sundowners and good hats.

2 comments

  1. Sounds like great fun, and awesome decorating!

  2. Judy and Ken Johnson · · Reply

    This is so cool! Creativity and fun in a tropical paradise and everyone is a winner!

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