Vava'u was a "warm, slow, relaxed" kind of place, more appealing to Robert's mindset than New Zealand, with its complex regulations and the daunting passage to get there. Persuaded by the local statistic of one bad storm every 20 years, the Bryces decided to stay in Neiafu through cyclone season. Their boat came through Waka relatively unscathed, and after the storm, Robert felt energized. He plunged into business, opening the Ifo Ifo Bar. A year later, he sold it at a profit. "It was the first time anyone had sold a business in Neiafu," he says, and that started him brokering businesses and real estate from his computer desk at CocoNet. "In the States," he says, "you're just a little guy in a big pond, but here you can have impact."