Monday, July 30, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
On our last trip to Indo we did a photo shoot with a great group of Japanese pro surfers. We had lots of fish and waves for everyone. One of the best seats on the boat is on top watching the sunset, sipping a bintang, after getting the barrels of your life. Here Tokura-san (below) with a double hook up.
Kirby Fukunaga took some amazing photos for Go-Naminori magazine and you can check out the action here in part 1 of 2! Click Here! I can't wait to do it again later this year with our group from Hawaii.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Today was such a beautiful day in Hawaii. Winds finally backing off for the weekend and looking nice! I stopped by INTOVA to meet Joe Ganahl, the owner and he showed me their latest video camera to compete with Go Pro!
It has the flat port and screen in the back and retails for $199 in stores. Intova is a proud sponsor at this years shootout and we are thankful to all our sponsors for their support!
Then I decide to drive to pick up dinner but see Waiola Shave ice is on the way. Hmmm..Dinner? Dessert first? I ask God should I stop or keep going? Ok if I get a parking then I'll stop I said. No parking.
Then I see this man in front of the store looking at me like I wanted to eat something cool? He waves his shave ice! After the 10th time around the block I find a parking and my prayers are answered. I stand in the long line and place my order, then...
I look and see my friend Gary Abrajano, his girldfriend and son standing on the sidewalk? Gary is here a few more days and we wanted to hook up before he left but been so busy with work we had a hard time connecting.
Gino is so big now and he is as tall as me. Last time he was half the size. He even ate a bigger shave ice than me too! Moral of the story is..."always trust your instinct!" Or was it a "Gut" feeling? Ha Ha!
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
It seems cameras and video cams have become so compact and light that anyone can take great HD photos or video with a click. Intova had allowed me to test one of their cameras called IC14 on a dive to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. I put a little Intova light on it and it worked great. Click here for video
They recently came up with a Sport HD model which is comparable to the Go Pro cameras but cheaper in cost and also has the add on wide angle lens and monitor on the back. Hopefully I will be able to test that one out next. Mahalo Joe and Intova team for all their support!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
I remember the days we used to get dropped off at the beach by our parents and surf all day. We have our brown paper sack lunch, leave it at the lifeguard stand and spend 6-8 hours surfing. My 2 nephews have been interested in going to the pool and beach so we planned to teach them how to surf.
All it takes is one good ride and you will be hooked for life! Here Kai was so happy he had to throw a shaka to the camera! One day he will be in a 10 foot pipeline barrel getting the cover shot for surfer magazine.
Maika caught on fast and before you knew it, he was throwing spray and carving it up! Get ready guys, next lesson is how to paddle, then how to catch a wave!
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Good morning everyone! Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July day off! I decided to battle for a parking spot and scored one so paddled out and got some some uncrowded surf at my favorite spot in town. 5 guys out and some overhead sets made it a perfect day. Today looks similar with dropping swell so better get out there if you can!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Well the day has finally come! Years of praying, planning, and production of the Red Sea Boat is here. We have so many people to thank for all their help and support with making it all happen. My family, friends, crew gathered as my "hanabata days" friend and pastor Kevin Oshiro (bald guy 2nd from left) did the honors in blessing our boat.
Next was time for the kids to have some fun. We organized a "go fish" game for them to hanapa'a some cool prizes with their bamboo poles. All the kids climbed up on the boat and set our their lines. Brandon Yamane was showing the kids how to do it.
My nephews Maika and Kai had so much fun also. I can't wait to take them on the boat have them drive while I relax and dream.
Then it was time to put the boat in the water. It was the first time so I had to make sure I had all my plugs in and everything was in order. I was nervous but with my faithful crew and mechanic on my board it couldn't have been any better launch.
We went out for a spin in rough seas so it was the perfect test. Winds were around 20 mph and heavy seas outside the bay. I drove it to the head buoy as the big waves came in and she rode like a dream. No pounding, just cutting through the surf smoothly. I let my crew take turns driving the boat and we headed back in. This was one of those days I will remember for the rest of my life. I'm sure there will be lots of fish caught on this boat, lots of adventures and stories to tell, but for now I will enjoy the ride!