• Donavon Does Japan Part 4

We all met in the lobby early that morning, as the day ahead was to be a busy one. It was the day of Donavon’s Groovy Beach Party…

Donavon, Eric, Doc, Naki-san, and Hirata and the film crew all drove to Kamakura, where they went and seen the Big Buddha. They all had a lot of fun!!

In the meantime, Randy, Kenji and I went to Costco to buy supplies for the BBQ. It was my first trip to Costco, and I was blown away!! The trip to Costco was successful (although it took us a while to find the hamburgers), and we made our way to Chiba.

By chance, we had timed it so that we met up with everyone on the highway. Donavon was sleeping so we asked the crew to keep it a secret from Donavon, so we could surprise him when we arrived at Chiba…

We arrived at the Billabong Oceanside store for the BBQ. A number of people had already arrived, and some were hungry, so we decided to cook the sausages and make hot dogs first...

After everyone was full of hot dogs we all went surfing.  During the surf, Donavon swapped his surfboard with a girl who was riding a paddle board. Even though it was a big board, Donavon still ripped it up!!!

After surfing we all went back to the Billabong Oceanside store to cook the dinner BBQ. Hamburgers and corn on the cob. Around 100+ people turned up for the BBQ…

After the BBQ, Donavon played a few songs. Donavon had played 2 nights at the GRF to around 10,000 people, but he said "This was the best gig of the trip. I have never played in a car park before…" A very, very cool gig!


View from the Yokohama hotel in the morning.
View from the Yokohama hotel in the morning.

Supplies for the Barbeque. Checking out at Custco.
Supplies for the Barbeque. Checking out at Custco.

Kenji and Randy planning the sneak up on Donavon's car which was ahead of us. (Donavon was asleep in the front seat.)
Kenji and Randy planning the sneak up on Donavon's car which was ahead of us. (Donavon was asleep in the front seat.)
We managed to catch up with Donavon's car. Donavon was asleep with a 'Japan' bandana over his eyes.
We managed to catch up with Donavon's car. Donavon was asleep with a 'Japan' bandana over his eyes.

Donavon gets his barbie on. Cooking the snags.
Donavon gets his barbie on. Cooking the snags.

Donavon cooks the barbie, while Eric enjoys a beer.
Donavon cooks the barbie, while Eric enjoys a beer.

Yatabe-san, a.k.a - Timmy was a HUGE help with the barbeque.
Yatabe-san, a.k.a - Timmy was a HUGE help with the barbeque.
Kenji writes the barbeque schedule poster.
Kenji writes the barbeque schedule poster.

Donavon and Randy prepare to go surfing.
Donavon and Randy prepare to go surfing.
A fan's car on the way to the surf.
A fan's car on the way to the surf.

Donavon prepares to get out there.
Donavon prepares to get out there.
Donavon out the back, sitting on a LARGE blue paddle board.
Donavon out the back, sitting on a LARGE blue paddle board.
Donavon cooks dinner. Hamburgers and corn on the cob.
Donavon cooks dinner. Hamburgers and corn on the cob.

Eric helps out with the barbeque.
Eric helps out with the barbeque

The line up for hamburgers.
The line up for hamburgers.

Donavon's car park gig.
Donavon's car park gig.