HIC PRO Sunset Beach 2011

Hawaiian Island Creations PRO @ Sunset Beach

This is a qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of surfing and one of the last star events of the year. There was solid Hawaiian 5-8 sized swell and today they almost finished the round of 64. They are going to have to push tomorrow to get the event finished because the waiting period is almost over and there isn’t a swell coming up this week big enough for Sunset Beach to go off.

Personally I felt like there should be more people watching the event on a saturday but what do I know I just got here.

The wettest place on the planet

The wettest place on the planet, is Mt. Waialeale on Kauai. Even though the Kauai is a 100 miles away from Oahu is still affected by the same weather patterns. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining for one minute about anything. It just another reason why I can’t wait for my water housing to arrive. I think there are a lot of amazing shots to be taken in inclement weather. Blue sky’s, perfect waves and smiling faces are anything from reality. That being said here’s a cute picture of a rainbow after the rain let up enough to snap a photo on my phone. Don’t let the blue sky fool you it was even sprinkling during this photo.

Round 1 of time lapse

A time lapse (a picture every 30 seconds for 45 minutes at 2 frames per second) of the sunset over the North Shore. Climbing up the mountain was really sketchy so I didn’t really want to hang around till it got dark to climb down. Once I learn the lay of the land a little better I plan on redoing this shot. Maybe even going up there with a telephoto.

Pipeline Sunset

Just another cool sunset over pipeline. Cheers 

My New Toy

My new toy will be built and shipped on Friday, to say I’m excited is an understatement. I have to throw a big shout out to Sean @ http://splwaterhousings.com/  for hooking me up and fabricating a port for my Nikon 17-55 F/2.8 DX lens (something he doesn’t normally make). But thats why sean is the MAN.

This water housing will bring me to the next level of surfing photography. It will also put me in one of the dangerous place on the north shore, Inside the biggest gnarlyist waves people are stupid enough to ride (maybe I’m the stupid one, at least they have floatation devices). But never the less, it’s going to be a blast. Stay Tuned

On top of Sunset Beach

Today I climbed the Koolau Mountain Range behind Sunset beach, if you think this is an easy task, GOOD LUCK. I hate to sound cliche since I’ve only been here a short time but if you don’t live here you don’t go there. I’m definitely learning the little rules of the North Shore but I think I’m breaking a few of them by posting this picture. Its like a great beach break that is off the beaten path that only a few people know about, You fuck it up by taking pictures of it. Sorry I guess but the barriers of entry are still there. I hope you don’t see this picture and think I want to get that same shot, cause sadly you won’t. Just another gem from the surfing photog 

Exploring the Island

I have decided not to purchase a car on the island, mostly to save money but honestly I could live comfortably without one. That being said I rented a car for week when I got on the island so I could pick up the essentials. Since I got 90% of my errands done yesterday I took a driving tour of the island. Passed Turtle Bay Hotel where the locals where protesting (KEEP THE COUNTY, COUNTRY) about the over development of the Island. Pass the shrimp fields (sill have to do more investigating about this but I think they raise shrimp in lakes here?) And to this beautiful bay that I sat down at and enjoyed the sunset. I’m absolutely loving my new life and it’s making all my sacrifices this year worth it 🙂

The beautiful blue

Cleanest water I’ve ever seen. 

Day 1 on the North Shore

I spent the day running around with my head cut off. Every thing I took with me fit in a standard back pack, a board bag and a Mid-sized Travel backpack. I needed a lot of supplies and if no one has told you this yet “EVERYTIME COST MORE IN HAWAII”. It’s all good though, mission accomplished and it only took me one day. Just need to find the right mountain bike tomorrow, fit it with a tail rack and surfboard rack and I’m in business. Only one picture today and unfortunately the rain rolled in by the time I could grab my camera. Mahalo

Let’s Start With About Me

I am entering the exciting word of Surfing Photography. This winter starting in November 2011. I will be moving to the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. This Website/Blog will document my first year leaning and advancing my craft of professional in water photography.

For you that are not knowledgeable about the surfing word, the winters on the North Shore are the mecca for the professional surfing industry. Surrounding the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing the elite surfers in the world compete in some of the most technical, advanced and dangerous waves on the planet.

I have saved, trained and planed for this trip for the last 27 years of my life, I don’t know if this will be an Epic Fail or the turning point in my life. All I know that my passion has lead me this far and there is no turning back. Enjoy