New video webisode is out! There was the 35th Annual North Shore Menehune Contest at Ali'i beach past couple of weekends. It is a fun event for kids 12 and under. The first weekend was fun knee high waves for younger kids and the 2nd weekend was over head waves for older kids. There were tons of stoked kids for 2 weekends straight!
I got an email from HSA and they now have a NEW entry form with new divisions and entry fees.
"We recently held a Board meeting and have made some big changes at HSA. We have changed all of our divisions to match the Surfing America age groups. We also lowered the entry fee for the youth 17 under age groups effective with the next contest and will credit those who paid for future events in advance (past event payments remain unchanged). "
Red Bull held it's event, Red Bull Rivals 2011 Town vs Country, this past Saturday. I love this event because the surfers were voted in and the teams get to surf against each other for bragging rights! There's always friendly rivalry between South Shore and North Shore and this is a great way for surfers to battle, SURF!
The waves were small waist to chest high at Half Point, where water is only about 6 inches deep above sharp reefs. Surfers were ripping out there tho, no wonder why these surfers were voted into the event!
I had the youngest competitors of the events, Noa Mizuno (South Shore) and Devin Brueggemann (North Shore) to host this webisode. Thanks boys!
The losing team had to give their boards to winning team at the end and the boards were donated to Surfrider Foundation. Great people, great weather, friendly competitions, and just plain fun event! Thank you Red Bull for holding this fun event again!
People at Proof sent me a couple of pairs of their sustainable wood sunglasses to review. YES, these sunglasses are made of WOOD! People at Proof are proving that wood can produce amazing sunglasses. They are stylish, light, durable, comfortable, functional, and way more environmentally friendly than everyone else's plastic glasses. They donate part of their profit to India, China and Native Americans' eye clinics. AND they offer recycling program for Proof eyewear owners where owners get discount towards new Proof glasses by sending in old glasses to be used to create bedding for animals and sawdust.
Novus Swell product reviews are not about what I think but what surfer kids think. So I had Charlie Akao from Big Island review the glasses over the weekend by having him wear them before, between and after his surf sessions.
Thank you Proof for sending me wood sunglasses to review. Visit them at www.IWantProof.com to find out more about Proof and purchase their products.
Check out what 14 years old Charlie Akao thought about the sunglasses and the company Proof! Enjoy the video!
There's still 2 days left to vote for your favorite surfers for Red Bull Rivals which will take place this Saturday at Sandy Beach! So go vote now at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9Q39KQL
When I was done with what I wanted to take care of today, it was already too late to hit North Shore. I ended up surfing town and there were some fun waves. Not many people out so Brisa and I had a really fun session. The waves were fun and the sky was amazing. Just another day living in paradise!
So here it is. I figured I should do this so people can see what is up with my life.
I'm a surf photographer here in Hawaii and also the owner of Novus Swell.
When I started shooting surfing, i realized i was floting around right next to other photogs trying to capture all the pros. So I figured why not shoot all the groms who are not getting enough exposures in the industry. So now i mostly shoot Hawaii's grom surfers.
After a while, i realized there are not much market for shots of groms... Specially Hawaii kids since all the big surf companies are in California.
So instead of convincing big surf companies that they should be using Hawaii kids for their ads and promotions (which would've been a full time job on it's own), i started Novus Swell.
Novus Swell features Hawaii's grom surfers. We come up with a new video webisode every Tuesday showcasing Hawaii's groms.