Most of us have seen Guy Hagi on the news, giving us the weekly weather forecast and the daily surf report. Guy also hosts Hawaii News Now’s ocean-themed spot Pacific Pulse, which features interviews and stories from surfers and other ocean-going folk. The show is a natural fit, since Guy himself is a passionate surfer, often seen in the various lineups here in Town. He also has experience in the surf industry, haven’t worked as a rep for Rip Curl and other surf brands for 20 years!
Guy stopped by Hawaiian South Shore this past week to chat with us for an episode of Pacific Pulse, focused on the fact that, even though the economy has been brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic, surfboard sales (and the sales of surf hard goods in general) are through the roof the past few months. We believe this is because schools and a lot of offices have been closed and a lot of people have had more free time than usual—but the ocean has remained open! With both kids and their parents looking for ways to stay busy during the COVID-19 shutdown, more and more parents are taking their keiki out to surf together, only to realize that the boards that used to float them aren’t adequate anymore. This leads to them coming in to check out our selection of new boards—and then once they get new boards, their kids end up wanting new boards too!
Even though this pandemic crisis has been hard on all of us, it has also been nice to reconnect with a lot of our customers who have been too busy working to surf over the past few years, but who are now rediscovering their stoke for the ocean. It feels good to be able to inject some positivity into a dark time by helping people find the perfect boards to continue their relationship with the surf. After all, that’s why I started this shop in the first place!
The Hawaiian South Shore crew was super honored to be featured on Guy Hagi’s Pacific Pulse show, and we hope that you caught it when it played live on TV! If not, you can always check out the archive of shows on HawaiiNewsNow’s website here, where the episode should be posted in a few months!