Jaws Peahi Maui Hawaii Opening Day November 13 2013. Huge Paddle In Sessions set a new precedent in surfing history as Shane Dorian, Mark Healey, Ian Walsh, Ahanu Tson-dru, Marcio Freire, Greg Long and a few promising young guns like DK Walsh re-defined what is possible in big wave paddle in surfing. Ahanu Tson-dru’s XXL wipeout is at the end of the clip and I kept the camera rolling the entire time with natural sound. You can see him pop up in the video after what seems like an eternity and jump on a jet ski. His inflatable vest was still intact as was his will to succeed despite playing tag with the reef on one of the heaviest wipeouts of the year.
Shooting timelapse of the sunrise at the top of Mt. Haleakala was pretty awesome. Being part of a new documentary featuring the trials and tribulations of big wave surfer Ahanu Tsondru is an honor beyond compare. Ahanu (seen in the video) suffered a traumatic brain injury on a huge wipeout at Jaws and experienced amnesia, loss of balance, and nausea for years before being properly diagnosed.
Jaws (Peahi) Maui was going off this time last year (2012) with one of the best paddle in days ever recorded at the fabled big wave spot on Maui’s North Shore. Stay tuned for more epic days of big wave adventures coming soon!
The Drivers rocked the after hours promo shoot with about 20 top 40 songs belted out like they made them up. This is a super cool group of Maui musicians who play mainly cover songs at Weddings, Parties, Birthdays, Corporate Events, etc… I loved this shoot because I got to use some of my favorite lenses, a bunch of stage lights, and even brought out the jib arm.