Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tamba!


Go to pro surfing events on Oahu’s North Shore, Brazil, California, and even Australia and you’ll see hats, shirts, and board stickers emblazoned with this word, sprinkled in amongst the big names of surf wear and gear. Pro champs Andy and Bruce Irons are among the volunteer devotees. All the stuff originates from this guy, Kauai boy, Saa Tamba Ginlack who for ten years has operated from his narrow storefront next to Kojima’s market in Kapa'a. All of Saa’s clothing and handcrafted boards come from here, as he has thus far avoided franchise offers and Internet-based sales. If you want to catch Tamba mania, you need to walk through the door here. Tamba is a state of mind, an ohana formed around the aloha of Kauai and its forever rolling waves.