Aguadilla

Met up with some friends in Aguadilla for the length of one Carl Hiaasen novel. There wasn’t a lot of swell, but the trades provided some clean ones in the morning. Plenty of scenery to take in.

Cameras in order of use

1976 Pentax Asahi

1968 Nikonos II

Canon 5DIV

Sargassum Slow-Down Shuffle

A postcard from a few charming days in Florida. Sargassum Slow-Down Shuffle is a short film inviting you to break focus, and lose yourself in the colorful haze of the short-lived, subtropical Winter. Featuring Saxon Wilson, Produced by Endless Sea, Filmed in and around the original East Coast Surfing mecca of Cocoa Beach, Florida; November 2018 through February 2019.

Gulf Coast Winter Storm

Somewhere between Key West and the Florida-Bama line I linked up with Saxon Wilson and some of his buddies from around the state. A few appreciated tips from some locals and we ended finding a couple good sessions. The vibe was rad, it’s own scene, mellow and friendly. If it wasn’t so cold, I’d call it warm. Mahalo for the good times.

Highlands, NC

We were lucky enough to tent camp in the Nantahala National Forest; the Blue Valley Experimental Forest to be exact. Long hikes, and cold fresh air did us well considering the red tide issue at home. The Highlands, Cashiers area of southwest North Carolina is an old section of mountain range with gorgeous cliffs and water falls.

Big Island Summer Trip

A recent trip to the Kona side of the island of Hawai'i gave us some opportunities to hike, surf, swim & play. Our first return after moving back to the mainland & it felt like a second home. The flowers were in bloom, the water was clear & cool, the vog was heavy, & there were some fun, log gable waves.

All photos shot on Kodak Portra 400 35mm on either a Pentax K1000, or Nikonos II

Spring Vibes

We’ve had a cold start to spring here on the east coast, but it’s produced some beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Here’s some of my favorite spring shots from this season and a few from the past. 

Hurricane Season 2017: Irma

My wife and I spent the night on a mattress placed on the ground in the center of the house. Boards on the windows, food and water in the cooler and the local radar pulled up on the TV while we maintained power. It was our first real hurricane back in Florida, we fell asleep to Moana playing on her laptop; a happy, if superficial reminder of our time living in Hawaii. 

We we woke up to minimal damage (a few downed fence panels and a salt burned mango tree) and no power, resorting to a propane grill for our morning coffee ritual. Driving south down A1A you could tell the neighborhoods that hadn't kept up on their tree trimming and many of the power lines crossing the beachfront highway were hanging too low to pass on the pavement, requiring us to pull as close to the poles as possible to pass.

Under an emergency declaration, no state officials were patrolling for parking at the state parks, so access to many stretches of beach became attainable without the usual long walks. These kind of swell events can be like a high school reunion of sorts at the right sand bar. Young and old, pro or am; everyone who stayed the night on the barrier island was showing up at their favorite sandbar to at least witness in nature's beauty. The waves resulting from hurricane Irma over the next few days was nothing less than epic.

These collection of photos were taken  in the days waiting in anticipation for Irma’s arrival and over the next couple weeks as we had combo swells overlapping with hurricanes Jose and Maria. 

There is is a link at the bottom of the page to donate clean water methods for hurricane affected communities.  

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Waves for Water

Puerto Rico and much of the carribean suffered greatly through these storms and they are still recovering. Take a minute to help bring people in need of clean water closer to feeling comfortable and safe at home again.