This past Friday my husband and I were at the Cabo San Lucas Marina when the daily weigh in began for the richest sport fishing tournament in the world, the Bisbee Black and Blue. The overall purse stood at $3.5 million. I didn’t see the entire thing, though I heard the winning marlin was 537 lbs. Fishing tends to be a male preoccupation or so it seems. It’s not to say that women don’t participate – in 2013 a woman claimed the jackpot with a 774 lb catch. However, I did not see any female anglers arrive on the schooners I witnessed coming in. There were 121 boats entered: the atmosphere, organized chaos. It was lots of fun to watch: beer, food, music, and mucho camaraderie. Even though my husband loves to fish, I never really got it: the slow wait for the chance to capture one big prize. But I will admit the party on the docks was great entertainment. And it was exciting to watch as anything under 230 lbs was eliminated.
This event got me thinking about men and their sport’s obsessions. Perhaps that is why this month’s partnership between Saxx Underwear Co. and the Movember Foundation, a charity whose mission is to raise awareness for men’s health and wellness, caught my attention. Saxx has developed Stache, a special print design whose sales profits will be donated in part to Movember. My interest was aroused for two reasons. First, Saxx was born from founder Trent Kitsch’s discomfort during an Alaskan fishing expedition in 2006. Second, Saxx is the first men’s fashion underwear that my husband, a longtime boring boxer wearer, has ever coveted. He raves about the comfort level, including the cool wicking waistband, ultra soft viscose fabric, the 9 panel flat seam fit and in particular, their signature Ballpark Pouch™ which reels in his privates without constraining them. He claims they are perfect for any exercise routine and now even wears them beyond the gym. And although, I doubt I will ever see him on a motorbike, I guarantee he has them on when he pursues his fishing passion here in Los Cabos.
“Fishing Is Not An Escape From Life, But Often A Deeper Immersion Into It. . .”