“Pacific Warriors” posted on October 26 to their Facebook page that for those who missed the season premiere, the first episode is now available on the Discovery website. One cast member that was featured is Boogie-D (David Elgas), along with his fishing partner, Jason Valle. He is in the process of training and teaching the younger man all about the sport of sea kayak fishing. Examiner talked with him on Tuesday to find out more about his very interesting and busy life.
As Boogie-D and the other kayak fishermen can undoubtedly attest to, kayak fishing is not for just anyone, this is an extremely dangerous pursuit. For those not familiar with the new six-part series, a Daily Two Cents article states that the show is filmed off the island chain of Hawaii, and will give viewers a new experience never seen or heard of until now. Due to the unusual geologic conditions where steep cliffs were produced by volcanic activity deep under the water, this area has some of the very best deep-sea fishing in the world. Seven teams will be featured as they struggle to land fish that can often weigh over 100 pounds. With other hazards around them such as dangerous currents and sharks, this proves to be no easy feat.
As for Boogie-D, he moved to Oahu in 1987 with only a bicycle and boogie board in tow. Almost immediately, the locals bestowed upon him the nickname he proudly wears today. He began kayak fishing approximately 13 years ago and was mostly self-taught. “At that time there was no information around and so I kind of gathered what information I could from the local fishermen,” he explained. “Nowadays it’s completely different, there’s hundreds and hundreds of resources.”
Before deciding on his current career choice, he held a variety of jobs, including working as a pizza chef and painting for a construction company. “I realized construction wasn’t the love of my life, and I really loved the ocean and wanted to be out there as much as I can, and that’s when I started Coastal Kayak Tours,” he told Examiner. Not a surprising path to take, given the fact that he spends so much time in the water. He began the thriving business seven years ago and it is Haleiwa’s oldest guided kayak tour company. On a side note, as if he weren’t busy enough, Boogie-D also pursues a few notable hobbies such as sky diving and brewing his own beer.
Besides being a successful businessman, he is equally successful as an experienced kayak fisherman. He currently holds the record for the largest barracuda weighing in at over 65 pounds, which he caught from his kayak in 2008. What he really wants is the coveted marlin record, currently held by Andy Cho, that was almost in his grasp at one time. Unfortunatley, he lost the massive fish right as he brought it up to the boat, and says he will be talking more about that in future episodes of the show.
Being competitive by nature, he won the prestigious Mahi Masters tournament one year and says that the other men in the show compete in the tournament as well. In regard to one competition held annually in Kona he says, “On any given day I’ve been able to take out every single athlete on the show.” Although he is now 48 years old, Boogie-D is still clearly a force to be reckoned with. If you’d like to keep up with Boogie-D, you can follow him through his Facebook or Instagram accounts or check out his YouTube channel.
Do you plan to watch this new series as these brave men and women battle the sea, the sharks, the fish and each other? Leave your comments, thoughts and opinions below. “Pacific Warriors” airs on Friday’s at 10 p.m. ET on the Discovery channel.