We come, we eat, we race. What do we give back?
Money, yes. But a lot of that money will never enter the hands of the friendly people everywhere that welcome you and wish you well in your race, and heck, your life. After having a brief chat with a self described 'washed up old pro' surfer today, it became clear to me that this island are these people's everything. They love this island and they have crazy respect for the people who come to race here. So, do you respect these people in return? What can you do to show your thanks?
So all I want to say is, buy local. Do it when you can, and don't worry about being perfect about it. I'm not here to preach, just to say, always keep an eye on your options.
Here is an excellent example I felt great about. I splurged on a FUSED hat. It's awesome. I love it. And I think it's about 1000x more 'cool' than a headsweats m-dork visor (of which, of course, I own).
Just sayin'. Want something really cool to take home with you from this race? Get FUSED. But don't get mine, I have the humpback whale.