Hey there, San Francisco.
Happy Friday. We had an awesome conversation last night with Cyril Derreumaux, the Marin kayaker who recently attempted a solo paddle from San Francisco to Hawaii. Ultimately, his trip was cut short after just six days due to his sea anchor getting caught in his rudder.
Derreumaux said on that final night he was faced with the decision of jumping in the water among massive waves to try and untangle the anchor, or call for help. He chose the safer path.
“It’s part of these adventures that sometimes Mother Nature is just too big,” Derreumaux said. “You just have to respect the ocean.”
We learned some funny things about Derreumaux’s trip. Like, when high winds and rough seas forced him inside his tiny cabin for three days straight, he spent much of his time watching Seinfeld reruns. “I loved it,” Derreumaux said. “It was like a marathon for three days. I didn’t have to go anywhere.”
He also said the freedom of being on the open ocean can feel like reaching “inbox zero.”
“It’s so refreshing,” Derreumaux said. “It’s like, ‘For the next 70 days guys, I’m not reachable. See ya!’” (His paddle, he estimated, would take 70 days to reach Honolulu.)
Derreumaux said he isn’t giving up, though his next attempt may not be until next year. He’ll need some time to regroup and repair his rig. He also doesn’t want to hit the upcoming hurricane season. “One hundred percent I go,” he said. “It’s not over. I’ll finish when I get to Hawaii.”
I also loved his message at the end.
“A lot of people look for happiness, and happiness could be a bigger job, an extra zero at the end of your paycheck, bigger travels, or a better car or whatever. But I think looking for happiness is the wrong thing,” Derreumaux said. “I think you have to look for what makes you vibrate. And what makes you vibrate is…that thing that makes you say, ‘Wow, I loved it!’ Just do more of that. Do more of that.”
You can check our full interview with Cyril at the top of this post. And to follow his future adventures, you can always visit his website: solokayaktohawaii.com.
For now, as we do each Friday, let’s take a bit of a break from the news and give you some ideas for your weekend ahead:
🍿 Pride Movie Night at Oracle Park is this weekend! In The Heights will play tonight and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will play on Saturday. Doors both nights open at 6:30 pm, while the movies start at 8 pm. You can find tickets here.
🎟 Set calendar reminders for Stern Grove tickets. Stern Grove released its free summer concert lineup this week, but given this year’s limited capacity rules, tickets are going fast. The first show on June 20 featuring Oakland Grammy winner Ledisi, for instance, is already sold out. Tickets are available online 12 days before a show, so maybe take a look at the lineup this weekend and set some calendar reminders to make your reservations.
😋 Check out one of Soleil’s favorites. Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho released her list of top 34 San Francisco restaurants this week. They range from Michelin-star standouts like Lazy Bear and Rich Table to everyday favorites like Capital and Square Pie Guys. Maybe take a look at Soleil’s list and try something new!
🚶♀️ Noodle around San Francisco. Broke-Ass Stuart had a good article today on noodling. What’s that exactly? Well, according to local Sheila McElroy, who runs the Instagram account, noodlingaround_sf, the term “comes from the jazz phrase, to improvise.”
“You go beyond your set route,” McElroy said. “No matter how open minded we think we are, we do the same darn thing. Why don’t you go just two blocks further than you normally would? Why don’t you go left instead of right? Why don’t you follow your curiosity? What do you notice? It can be five minutes, an hour, an afternoon. It’s not a matter of how fast you go or how far.”
Maybe give it a try. Go wandering. I mean, noodling. And if you need some tips, McElroy offers small group and team-building sessions. You can DM her via Instagram for more information.
That’s all for today! Have an awesome weekend y’all and we’ll see you here next week. - Nick B.