Coolibar customers are very passionate about sun protection and leading healthy, sunny lives. Customer Scott and his wife Kara fit this description perfectly. After winning the 2012 Coolibar Hawaii Sweepstakes, Scott and Kara shared with us that they were already avid promoters of protecting skin, especially during vacations. We asked the couple to share their story of why sun protection is important to them and how it can make vacationing even better!
Growing up with red hair and a fair complexion was not easy in the 70’s. Sunscreen was not a priority and the medical community did not fully understand the dangers of the sun. Unfortunately I had some significant sunburns as a kid and have paid the price as an adult with two melanoma diagnosis in the past few years. Fortunately, both of my incidences were caught early, but I am still amazed at how many people (fair skinned or not) still underestimate the dangers of sun exposure.
My wife started buying Coolibar swim shirts a couple years ago for vacations and time at the pool. With young kids we spend a lot of time in the water. I remember the first time I tried on Coolibar clothing thinking, “yes I will definitely wear this!” The quality of the material, the styling, the cut and fit were perfect, very similar to high quality fitness wear. In the water, the shirts tighten to the body so you barely even notice that you have them on.
This year Kara was ordering some more clothing from Coolibar for the family trip to the Carolina coast and entered to win the trip to Hawaii. We were blown away when we won and we so grateful for Coolibar (and our parents) for letting us take a second honeymoon without the kids! Part of the award was free clothing so we ordered various items and put them to full use. I was wearing Coolibar the entire trip.
A few benefits of the Coolibar clothing we noticed were: 1) I only had to apply minimal amounts of sunscreen (face, hands, etc.), which is a nice for someone used to full sunscreen everywhere, not to mention a money saver; 2) The clothing breathes very well, so even in warmer temps I was very comfortable; 3) I am an avid diver and my wife and I both like to snorkel, which we did a ton of in Hawaii. We used the long sleeve swim shirts and swim tights as lightweight wetsuits. Even with the cooler temps of the Pacific, I was able to stay in the water for over an hour without getting cold.
Our trip to Hawaii was so memorable not only because of all the exciting excursions we went on, but it also gave Kara and I a chance to reconnect as a married couple without our three wonderful children. I know Kara’s favorite part of the trip was snorkeling with dolphins at the Puuhonua O Honaun reef just south of Kona. We swam out into 150 feet deep crystal blue water to catch up with a mother and baby dolphin that was performing acrobatics just for us. My favorite part was diving and snorkeling with the Manta rays off the Big Island. Other unforgettable moments include: paddle-boarding at Waikiki, riding scooters around Oahu to the North Shore to watch surfers tackle 20 foot plus waves, hiking to numerous waterfalls, diving with sharks, playing with a Pacific Octopus in 50 feet of water, and watching humpbacks breach almost the entire time we were there. Of all of our travels this vacation has to be at the top of the list! And we did it all in Coolibar!