Friday, June 5, 2009

Spinning Fire

Location: La Boquilla, north of Cartagena, Colombia.
Rundown: Spent a night on the beach in Boquilla with the boys spinning fire.

As we saw the end of the year coming quickly, Nick, Austin and I decided we should do one more boys night and set our sites on La Boquilla and its long stretch of sandy beach north of Cartagena. We brought sushi from our favorite place in Centro, swam in the sea and practiced with unlit poi before the real show. We decided that we'd look tougher if we had some mean lookin' war paint.

Poi are weighted balls on the end of a chain that you spin around you. The poi we use are Kevlar. They're dipped in kerosine and lit.

The trick is to make it look neat without whackin' yourself (or anyone else) with the flaming poi. They make for an amazing spectacle at night.

The poi roar when they're lit and spinning through the air. It's so loud when you're spinning and inside the sphere of flame that you can't hear much of the people outside.

We spun on the beach under the moon. We figured that if one of us caught on fire the other two could extinghuish him in the sea! No major burns. No hair lost.

Good clean fun.

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