Here is a video that BG put together of the last team trip we took to Hawaii. Some pretty good clips. It wasn’t the biggest while we were there but still really fun. I was psyched to get a couple at Backdoor.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:50:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Here is the vid Scott Smith and Body Glove put together of our most recent trip to Northern California. SurfRide was nice enough to let us borrow the van and head up the coast. Jason Bennett and Will Smith were heading up to SF to put on an art show with good bud and Chemistry sales rep Wyatt Fields so we decided to make a full surf trip out of it. We got really fun waves from Jalama to Fort Point, San Francisco. Enough said, check the vid.
Friday, January 7, 2011 11:22:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
Wow! Lots of traveling today! We should change the name of the drop zone to planes, trains, and automobiles! So, the day begins with us leaving the Tui Tai at about 5:00 am. After that we take a three hour van ride to the airport. We arrive there and find out our flight is delayed an hour, as usual.
Finally get on the plane for an hour and get off to quickly be informed we have another hour and a half bus ride to the harbor. Get to the harbor and take a two hour boat ride to the surf spot! Done. Sort of. Wow my fingers hurt after typing that! So the juice ends up being worth the squeeze and we pull up to a reef pass absolutely FIRING!
Huge barrels and shallow water. Great combo. So we all freak out and jump off the boat like sharks at the first scent of blood. Everyone is getting good waves and having the best time ever. Then, Murphys law kicked in. I kicked out of a wave and a huge set behind it landed on my head. I bailed my board and my leash snapped, shit. I come up and immediately my broken leash leaves my thoughts at the sight I beheld at the surface. The dingy with all the photographers and video guys are literally riding a wave. I watch in horror as everybody bails out and the boat gets sucked over the falls and capsizes. Everyone was freaking, I made sure I could see everyone that was on the boat and started swimming towards them. Luckily, no one was badly injured and everyone made it back to the mothership in one piece. The tally for lost equipment was: 1 video camera, 1 still camera, the engine, everyones towels and clothes, and the priceless photos and video contained in the cameras. I was able to throw on a mask and somehow find the still camera lying on the bottom of the reef. It was unreal, but it could have been worse. So we all celebrated just being alive on the boat ride home with a couple beers and accepted our loss. Hey, you gotta pay to play.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 12:38:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
Star Date June 22nd, 2010 Earth Time 4:33 PM. We have just finished up our first day of epic diving off the Tui Tai in the north of Fiji and I am stoked. Our first dive was a drift dive along an outer reef just to get acquainted with our new underwater surroundings. We saw some cool stuff: sharks, parrot fish, and my personal favorite Christmas tree worms. Those little things are super fun to see and it reminded me of Pandora from Ã¢â‚¬Å“Avatar.Ã¢â‚¬Â
We surfaced and went back to our floating Hilton and had lunch. After that we dove the great white wall which is thus far my favorite dive yet. We saw some awesome sea life, the highlights of which included: giant groupers, soft coral, and a Ã¢â‚¬Å“horny oyster.Ã¢â‚¬Â It was an awesome dive and everyone high fived afterwards. It was cool to have Bede along with us because he has never dove in the tropics and he was freaking out about everything!
Its always fun to be there for peoples first experiences because it becomes contagious. At the moment I am sipping a Fiji bitter writing this blog about to get a Swedish massage on our boat shaped paradise. Life is good.
Thursday, July 8, 2010 12:57:00 AM America/Los_Angeles
So today we traveled from the south of Fiji to the north. We had to get up super early and we were still late as usual. I really enjoyed taking the little island hoppers because the view of Fiji from the sky is nothing less than breath taking. All the little islands and barrier reefs surrounding them make for a really entertaining flight! All I could think of was what was swimming around those reefs and if anyone had ever dove them.
When we touched down in Vanua Levu we were informed that our car ride to the Tui Tai would be about three hours. Six hours and about thirty farts later we pulled up to a little cove with a MASSIVE pirate ship anchored in it. I was freaking it was like seeing Captain Hooks ship from Peter Pan. We took the dingy out and were greeted by about fifteen crew members singing and handing us leis. The Ã¢â‚¬Å“boatÃ¢â‚¬Â was more like a floating five-star resort complete with fully stocked bar and spa. So we all indulged in a few cocktails and talked about who was going to jump off the mast first and pulling a mutiny on board and just living on the boat. I cant believe how lucky I am to be able to come on these trips and today was just another reminder how blessed we all are.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 1:25:04 AM America/Los_Angeles
Today I dove with bull sharks, on purpose. That sounds stupid. I actually think it is too. Bulls are super unpredictable and curious and they have a bite first think later mentality. If it was not for the Fijian divers surrounding us during the dive we would all be shark poop now.
Those guys are super heroes. That being said the dive was one of the scariest and coolest experiences of my life. I have an even higher level of respect for sharks and their awesome power. It was an amazing experience and I will never forget it.
If you are ever in Fiji and want to be reminded of how small we really are in the big scheme of things go to Beqa and do this dive!
Monday, July 5, 2010 2:16:39 AM America/Los_Angeles
Thats how I can describe our first days here in Fiji. Thats optimum for me because I just want be underwater the whole trip anyways. That being said we have been logging some serious bottom time! Its day two and we already have three dives under our weight belts and one very successful free dive for yours truly. So far the marine life tally is through the roof with sightings of but not limited to: turtles, snapper, reef sharks, sea snakes, and my favorite Spanish mackerel.
So if you dont know I am also an avid spearfisherman and the Fijian boat men were more than happy to let me jump in and try to catch some dinner the other night. I couldnt believe my luck when my favorite reef fish swam underneath me right when I jumped in! So after two over excited botched shots I was able to pick off one of the medium size guys that was just a little to curious! I was so excited and I immediately made sure to dispatch of him as humanely and quickly as possible and rushed back to the boat. I made sure to be sure I filleted him myself so I knew NONE of this fish went to waste! He fed our entire crew and some of the Fijian staff here at our hotel and we even used the carcass for chum on our scuba dives. I want everyone to know that spearfishing is a very selective and conservatory way of obtaining fish for eating purposes. The first rule I ever learned and still live by is Ã¢â‚¬Å“never take more than you need.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Friday, July 2, 2010 5:14:44 AM America/Los_Angeles