In October 2011 I moved to the North Shore of Hawaii to cover the Triple Crown of Surfing. Surfing and Photography have always been my passions, it was only a matter of time before the two came together.

I came here with no experience in the field of water photography other then what I have idolized in magazines since I was a kid. Some how I gained a VIP access Pass to the Triple Crown, allowing me backstage and in the water at all the events on the North Shore. This is like being able to go on the field at the Super Bowl. Epic to say the least..

More then any thing I have tryied to remain humble and pass along the Aloha I was shown. I Love the ocean and the trill I get from it everyday. Don’t assume to know all the answers or where this will lead me but I’m having a blast. 

Currently I’m traveling around North America on a Mobile Marketing Tour, so I’m excited to showcase different spots around the US and Canada… But I can’t wait for next winter in Hawaii 2012-13

No matter what I’ll always be “The Surfing Photog”

25 responses

  1. jesse fryer

    Epic win . Keep it up .

    October 31, 2011 at 9:31 pm

  2. Jean M Fryer

    Good Luck with your dream. You have worked really hard for this. Enjoy everyday of your life in Hawaii and with your surfing.

    November 14, 2011 at 12:12 am

  3. sal sodano

    ” dont let ur dreams be dreams ” JJ

    November 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

  4. Dan,
    No one knows how Hawaii will work out for you. Regardless of what happens, this is a turning point in your life. Depending on what transpires with your surf photog, one could define it as an epic fail. But the mere fact that you made it to Hawaii, fulfilling your passion, is a success in itself. Thats real. Have Fun! Kill it! Wrd!!!

    November 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm

  5. hi, there!

    a friend just fwd’d a photo of me on your blog (last pic on the rocky point session, dec 4).

    i just wanted to congratulate you on the good work you’ve being doing so far!

    besides miraculously making my tiny wave look so big, you’ve made a bunch of beautiful, beautiful photos from the eddie ceremony, amongst others.

    you should have a bright future ahead of you.

    i wish the best of luck!


    Rafael (rio, brasil)

    December 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

  6. Amazing photos – Best of Luck!

    December 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm

  7. I found your blog, not sure how. I wish you the best — you’ve got a good story. I look forward to keeping up on your dream! Much Aloha, Charles

    December 8, 2011 at 6:14 am

    • luckiezz802well im gessing yea. i live in haiawi but not maui haha. but the waves get HUGE in wintertime. trust me i surf but not big waves haha. well yea but they dont get tht huge ne more..

      March 9, 2012 at 7:58 am

  8. Michael Fryer

    It better be a win if not i’m coming out there and beat ya up it looks beautiful stay safe and live well

    December 10, 2011 at 2:23 am

  9. nominated your blog for the versatile blogger award.
    great photographs!

    December 20, 2011 at 4:11 am

  10. Congrats on getting “Freshly Pressed”!

    Saw the new ones and was stoked because I saw one was about surfing. You have some great shots! Cool that you are also in Florida too. Instantly recognized the L.W. Pier. I am up at Ponce Inlet.

    Anyway, great shots! I have a lot to go through on your site.

    March 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    • Yeah I’m here for my Grandma’s birthday for 2 weeks before I start my New Tour. So might as well hit the beach I’ll be here till the 19th

      March 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      • Cool! I am from Hawaii by the way. I did the opposite of everyone in the world. I was born and grew up in Ewa Beach and then moved to Florida in high school. Cool you got to be there for the Triple Crown!

        March 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

  11. Hey Daniel!

    Congrats on the VIP and the Freshly Pressed!

    Are you from Cslifornia? I noticed the beach above and the Al Merrick… :). I’m a Santa Barbara native, have spent some good time with the Merricks, amazing people.



    March 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    • I spend a lot of time in California but I have a cool job Managing Mobile Marketing tours so I spend 6-10 months on the road then take my winters off to explore the world. Jalama state park is one of my favorite spots on the planet, 2 years ago 4th of july I got 12-15 foot chunky airdrops into close out barrels all day. Amazing… I surfed almost every break in the US (not alaska) but that picture is from Golds Beach, OR

      March 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

  12. Awesome! So glad to see someone from home on here. I’m teaching in China currently, but got to go home (HI, I’m a towny) during winter break. There were a couple days we drove up to NS and watched the daredevils surf. The Volcom Pro was going on at the time. Congrats on Freshly Pressed!

    March 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm

  13. As someone who grew up in Hawai’i, it’s great to see someone as passionate as you are about the sport and our islands. Much aloha.

    March 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

  14. I’ve nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award you can find all the details here: http://theliliaproject.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/genuine-blogger-award-thank-you/

    March 25, 2012 at 4:40 pm

  15. Charles Pacqué

    I nominated you for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’. If you don’t now what it is, it will make sense.


    March 31, 2012 at 3:32 am

  16. Thanks Dan, you really get my juices going with your surf shots. How much do I appreciate it? I’ll tell you. I’m going to give you my favorite place to shoot. You may already be aware of this spot, but I doubt it. It’s in Humboldt County in the Lost Coast north of Shelter Cove. A rather secret spot called Big Flat where the big storms thousands of miles towards New Zealand send in the ever so clean swells we label 20/20s. These swells are generated, usually in the Spring when the water temperature is somewhere around fifty-two degrees because of the upwellings in the Gulf of Alaska. If you intend to shoot here it is a good idea to begin your study of the place a year before to get to know some of the locals who boat or fly into Big Flat. It is very localized but the picture I have of you is a humble man who does what he loves to do. It also helps if you surf the big waves yourself. If you undertake this mission I guarantee it will be a life changing experience. If you are interested let me know and I’ll share the specifics with you. Dave Trumble

    July 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

    • Hi Dave,
      Thanks for the kind words and offering your favorite spot to me. I drove into Shelter Cove last year in the summer but there wasn’t any waves. I work on the road most of the year so a spring execution might be tough because it’s when I start to go back to work. But I will be well trained after the winter so I hope I can handle the size you are talking about. I’m well aware how big it can get and If I was to go with people I would have to feel a high trust factor. I have your hotmail email address and I’ll send you an email in a day or two to pick your brain about it.
      Aloha Dan

      July 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

  17. Dan. This is not an expedition for the weak at heart or body. Big Flat is eight miles north of Black Sand Beach with several nasty creek crossings in the spring. Black Sand has been known to take lives in the past when sneaker waves ( clean ups) have swept in and there is a prominent rock point called Gitchal (spelling ?) that must be navigated at low tide and even then can be treacherous in large swells. A preliminary inspection during the summer is advised and once again get to know at least one or two of the locals. Photography is a touchy subject but you can surmount it as I did by agreeing not to reveal the break in press. To see it at its’ best keep track of the swells coming in from the south. The worst weather at the Lost Coast comes out of the south and can drive you off the beach. Good luck. Dave

    P.S. If you ever decide to shoot Baja let me know and I’ll share my extensive knowledge about the surf spots there.

    July 10, 2012 at 10:43 am

  18. Nice blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. Many thanks

    September 5, 2014 at 8:58 am

    • Thanks for digging the design, it’s a standard WordPress theme, I pay for the custom design option so I can change the font size but that’s it. I also inverted the color too black

      September 5, 2014 at 9:05 am

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    September 23, 2014 at 4:30 am

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