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My name is Dwayne Kenny and
I do a moonlight bioluminescence
stand-up paddle-board tour of
Bon Accord Lagoon.
I m originally from Port of Spain
but I ve been living in Tobago for
12 years. Since I was a child, I ve
come to and loved Tobago. My
parents have a picture of me with
water-wings on on the beach at
Pigeon Point when they didn t even
have huts on the beach.
I tell foreigners: Trinis drive at
200mph, Tobagonians drive in
reverse. But, if you like the outdoors
life and the sea, there really is no
other place to live. I look at what
my friends in Trinidad do, Monday
to Friday: they get up; they re in
traffic; they re at work; they go
back in traffic; they hit the gym;
and then they go to bed. I surf at five in the morning,
work is one minute away, I get out of work at five,
five-thirty, I can get in another hour-and-a-half
surf! If I want to to go to Trini for my "fete fix", it s
a 20-minute flight. And I m not a fan of traffic!
I went to Fatima. There were four classes in my
year. And there were, maybe, ten white boys. Your
friends were Chinese, African, Indian. That kinda
trained me forlife. When you get someone who is
not so open in their head, you just let that wash off
your back. I may or may not be able to convince
that person but I could definitely choose whether I
let him ruin my day or not.
My Fatima friendships persisted all my life. If any-
body from Fatima wants to come to Tobago, I m the
guy they call.
I m not married. I m waiting for the right one but
I definitely want a family. I m the first of four children
and we all love and can t get enough of one another.
I live with my brother.
I listen to all music: rock; reggae; dubstep; Kes
and Machel. When we had Sting in Tobago it was
spectacular. Stevie Wonder playing harmonica on
Every Breath You Take---you can t
get better than that!
Everybody s worried about pol-
itics in Trinidad and Tobago. But
don t be a talk shop: go out and
I ve been doing water sports all
my life. I ve been a surfer for 22
years. My brother Brett has a
kitesurfing/windsurfing shop. Peo-
ple buy packages for two weeks and,
when they have no wind days, we
have stand-up paddle. I thought I
would develop that. I went to the
US, took a course to be a level two
stand-up paddle instructor and
came up with tours and lessons.
Most people don t realise we have
bioluminescence in the Bon Accord
Lagoon! We went out one no-moon
night and, I joke you not, it was
Avatar in the ocean. If you pick up the water, it s like
pixie dust pouring out of your hand! We were watch-
ing stingrays, glowing in the dark, swimming! In blue
and pink and orange.
We leave Pigeon Point in the light, 6-6.30 pm,
and arrive at the lagoon in the dark. It s very con-
dition-based: you got to have a lower tide; you got
to have no moon; it s nice to have a clear sky; if it s
rainy, the rain dilutes the seawater. We don t guarantee
phosphorescence but we guarantee a really nice time.
At the end, you lie on the paddle-board and look at
shooting stars while a gentle wind at your back pushes
you back to Pigeon Point.
The best part of doing a stand-up paddle tour is
that it s close access to nature in a totally eco way:
there s no fuel. There really isn t a bad thing about
it. A Trinbagonian embraces diversity. You can date
every kind of person: Indian, Chinese, black, white.
And, at least in our current generation, there s no
stigma. People just meet people.
Trinidad & Tobago, as a people, we help each other.
When my Dad s brother had brain cancer, the whole
of Trinidad and Tobago came out to help. That s
what separates Trinidad and Tobago from everywhere
else: there s a community spirit when we need to
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TRINI TO D BONE
As Told to BC Pires
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