LAST LIGHT WITH SAGE ERICKSON

Life is a wild ride, and this year seems to be one of my wildest. I love traveling, but I wasn't expecting to have Australia, Maldives, and Fiji under my belt by mid year. And with Tahiti, New York, Bali, and France upcoming, it was particularly nice to squeeze in a few days with my bestie Sage Erickson at home on the North Shore. Being apart of the WSL tour, her travel schedule is always more hectic than mine. So for the stars to align for her to spend a Summer week in Hawaii was pretty major.

I've had my water housing for over a year now. To me, having a housing was about experimentation and being immersed in a familiar yet unpredictable medium with a camera. I always new I wanted to my first housing to be from Waterhousings Hawaii. Taro Pascual is family and makes every water housing by hand through molds he's also made himself. Handmade by family, in my hometown on the North Shore; it was a no-brainer. With tv series Lost, the original Point Break, and shorebreak photographer Clark Little on his client list, having one of his housings is pretty sentimental. My housing feels like a family heirloom of sorts, and if digital cameras didn't evolve so damn fast I would pass it on to my future kiddos.

This is a snippet of the water images we collected that week for an upcoming project of Sage's. Bitty waves and giggling like 7yr olds, just her and I enjoying a last light session on the North Shore. As you can see, style comes easy for her.

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EUROPE ON FILM

It was late Summer in 2013. I had never been to Europe before and I was going to spend a month there. Sage [ @sageerickson ], Willie [ @williekessel ] and me. Three best friends driving the coast of three countries; from Porto Portugal, through Spain, to Hossegor France.

These disposable Fuji film captures don't span the whole trip, mostly just France because I forgot I had the camera in my bag up until then. They're mostly grainy and definitely average composition, but they help me remember the moments surrounding each click. Like Sage taking a photo of me at a cafe for the sole purpose of us getting a photo of the steezy french babe sitting behind us. Or the first image below; we were on our way to France, somewhere in Spain and we stopped for petrol and food. We'd been driving all day, listening to one of Sage's burned mix cd's for the 100th time and we were hungry. Unfortunately this wasn't one of those good petrol stations, the ones with the cafes attached. This one was as basic as they come, full of packaged honey roasted nuts and such. I probably bought the nuts, though I remember Sage and Willie bringing a bag of rice crackers and couple cans of sardines to the table. Sardines. Sardines! For as hungry as I was, I still couldn't bring myself to dig in. 

More grainy memories below. x

THINGS NOTED

1. Play on. Make a few Spotify playlists in 'offline mode' or download some Apple Music. It's better than listening one of Sage's mixed cd's over and over and over.

2. Hand-carry. Bring a disposable camera on your trip and keep it on you throughout the day. I like disposables for all the in-between moments, and it keeps things spontaneous. 

3. Pay the man. If you're driving in Europe, have Euros on you for the tolls. There are many of them. 

FIJI TIME

After the Maldives trip with Corona, just a month ago, I was feeling pretty content with my quota of countries visited so far this year. A week in Fiji wasn't exactly on my mind...

Though as I sit here stealing wifi from a cafe at Musket Cove Island Resort, I'm trying to snap out of this daze and soak in the last few days of this South Pacific paradise. Corona graciously brought me along for another adventure, and i'm not mad about it. The cherry on top though was that my best friend Sage Erickson and her brother Noah happened to be here as well. Our dates overlapped by a couple days after she surfed in the WSL Fiji Women's Pro and we couldn't have planed it better ourselves. What are the odds. 

Fiji's beauty comes in two forms; its terrain and its people. The Fijian people are some of the kindest and most welcoming i've ever met. "Bula!" right and left. Time goes slower here. And me being from Hawaii, you know that statement is no joke. Touring by boat we've island hopped to uninhabited beaches, shell hunted on a sandbar 50ft across, and sipped sunset drinks on Cloud 9. Can't wait to get my roll of film back. Sitting in the channel at Cloudbreak as it showed a glimmer of its potential was pretty surreal. I'm totally cool with admitting how nerded out i was being in one of those boats that calmly slips over oncoming swell lines. Fiji time is pretty great. x

 

THINGS NOTED

1. Wind breaker. The main form of transport between islands is by boat. It's a good idea to bring along a windbreaker to ward off the chill and salt spray. 

2. Rise up. Set your alarm and get up for a sunrise at least twice during your stay. The colors and calm of the morning is an incredible way to start the day. Don't miss out on this.

3. Hook up. With some fish. Get on a boat and cast a line in. Few things feel more right than cooking up the days catch for dinner that night.