January 25th, 2011
Got back to Sisters Oregon 2:30 AM. Boy sure liked the Hawaiian flight that left at 1:30 instead of this new 3:40 stuff. Was beyond disappointed with the early morning footage from the east side of Waimea Bay. Just way to much mist in the morning combined with a little rain made it difficult to get the clear HDDVCPRO shots I crave. Met a nice guy named Ashley who had flown over from L.A. to film we agreed the first guy that got there would try to save a spot for the other. It was helpful to have someone to watch the stuff. I gota love other deranged folks like myself. Here is a quick take of some of the action. About 2:00 PM I headed back to the vacation rental to download some data and charge the batteries. I looked at the Buoy close to Kauai and knew that there would be some bombs coming in around 5:00. I headed to the West side of Waimea Bay that I had shot the Eddie last year and took some footage. Lisa a free lancer that just moved to Ohau said it was clearer on the other side. A few good sets came in and I think you will love that angle. The guys at the Eddie made the correct call 1000 percent it was not quit The Eddie well not even close really.
The best filming of the swell was huge pipe the next day. the outer reef was going off and guys were making it inside to Pipe for a few huge barrels. The bodyboarders were insane. Hope you enjoy and will be back with more. Leave the 30th to film the wind tribe on Maui. I have been spending the last day trying to get the flash working on my macs. let me know if you are having any issues. e-mail the staff at the Inn of the Beachcomber.
SURF TV at The 2010 Billabong Pipe Master,
For the full story click on the Pipe Masters link. OK I get how the French felt during Lance Armstrong’s incredible run of 7 Tour de France wins. I knew something was up when Kelly Slater donned the Maillot Jaune (yellow Jersey) as the World Champion. I liked it because it was really easy to see through the eye piece of the camera. What a day that started with the first big wave of the day and Jeremy Flores in the first quarter with an 8.00 to move on to the semis. That was followed by Kelly Slater and his 8.77 in the next quarter. Jordan Smith’s 9.5 in the third heat was not enough to hold of Kieren Perrow’s 7.5 on his last wave of the heat. Dave Reynolds made it to the semis with a 7.67 and a 9.0.
Like I said go to the Pipe Masters page for more, Slaters perfect 10 Stephanie Gilmore and some unreal footage of Rockpiles going of the first day.
SURF TV and the Sick Northshore Bodyborders
This footage was shot during December and January of last season. I would hit Pipeline a little in the early morning and then peddle down to Waimea Bay to film the show. I have a good amount of footage from the two weeks of the Pipe Masters and the swell I flew over for the 20th of January. The 21st of January was unreal. Life being what it is you can check back in March