Another early start waking about 7 and had breakfast in our pergola again. We went and checked out the progress in the show hall and chatted with a few peeps.
Tal's flight got in about 10.30 so we collected him and delivered him to the hotel.
After a quick lunch we set off for la Jolla and the sea cave kayak trip. There was a bit f mucking about making sure everyone knew what they had to do and getting us kitted out in helmet and life vest. A two block walk took us to the ocean, again a short instruction on paddling etc and finally we were launched in our tandem kayak. We were the first to get out and within a few feet of the shore we were paddling in the shallows with leopard sharks all around us - awesome!
The paddle was a couple of hours long, we got a lot of local info from our guide Chuck who we felt treated us a bit like teachers pet due to us being the only ones who kayak on anything approaching a regular basis. We went into a sea cave, watched sea lions playing all around us and saw Pelicans fishing. It was a really great couple of hours out on the water, fairly calm for the most part and under partially cloudy skies so not too hot. We both loved it despite our usual aim to stay clear of anything vaguely organised.
We got back a little after 4, showered and changed before heading back to the hall to get our accreditation and see what's happening tonight. Times just inside the door, we chatted and he gave us VIP passes and invited us to the first night VIP event. It's something we've only ever heard of before so we feel we've finally made it lol
We checked in with Randy. To see if we could do a quick booze run for him but he felt we were running out of time if we were all to get the 6pm bus to the VIP event at the aquarium. We also chatted to a few others including Tom from Seaside for the first time this trip and then headed back to our room to change before catching the bus. I tried to get in touch with Tal to see if he had his VIP credentials and was coming but he didn't reply so we headed off on our own.
It was a fantastic night, we chatted at length with Julian Sprung and no end of other gurus of the industry. The aquarium had all their back room areas open for us to roam freely. Pete got to interact with an octopus, now we have played with an occy; seriously cool.
There were drinks and an amazing buffet; an altogether amazing night.
We got the last bus back at around 10pm. I think mainly due to the kayaking we were knackered so opted to head for bed rather than any of the after parties.