"Wow! So proud of @maluhiakinimaka ! She does everything from surfing, jr lifeguard, swimming, and now a future Stanford University student! Great job juggling sports, school, family, friends, and many more and achieving many things in everything you do! AND staying super humble and thankful for everything she got. I know it's not easy specially being a teenager with so much temptations and peer pressure to do bad things. Great job Maluhia! Proud of you!"
"This guy... @kaitokino. Proud of this kid doing well at @volcom #pipepro. No main sponsors, always been an un-noticed guy by the industry since he's a kid. Glad he got good group of people (family and friends) supporting him even tho they don't have much to give like major companies do. At this event, he showed the world with hard work and right support from good people can do amazing things. Good job Kaito. Proud of you. Btw, they taking top 8 hawaii surfers into the Pipe master? If so, you're equal 7th finisher! Pic: @tammymoniz "
"You live with me, I make you go buy a car at midnight on Saturday. Haha. Murph is a proud owner of a 98 GTI. got a crazy good deal on it! I almost didn't want to tell him about it and buy it for myself. Haha"
"Learned tons of stuff about shaping surfboards today while translating for @teppeitajima, his dad and @bricesurfboards... Yet still feel like I don't know anything about shaping. I respect all surfboard shapers even more now. "
"End of a chapter, the van is sold. So many fun, good, bad, and fun memories driving kids around for past several years in this thing. Was going to tag all you groms but too many of you... Running out of space so I stopped. Haha"
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.