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FIJI TIME ON FILM

Film, it's a beautiful thing. The instant-ness of our digital world sure is convenient, but it's hard to argue the happy feelings of getting back a roll of film and reliving the split moments you've nearly already forgotten about.

This batch of exposures is from my trip to Fiji a few months back. Of all the exotic destinations i've been to, there's undeniably something extra special about this place and it's people. Simple living does the world good, i think.

All shot on my Leica Mini Zoom 35-70mm film camera.

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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.

MALDIVES PLEASE

The Maldives. If you're a surfer or have access to social media you've probably heard of them. I had, but I never thought I'd actually ever get to go there. A country comprised of 26 natural coral atolls and made up of hundreds of islands. It's beauty checks off all the tropical boxes that may come to mind; white sand, live coral reefs, palm trees, #cloudporn like crazy, and turquoise lagoons of the Indian Ocean.

This trip was totally unexpected and far surpassed epic. It came about when my friend Eden [ see his boards here, Dead Kooks ] mentioned his friend at Monster Children Creative was looking for a girl to go along for the filming of a new Corona campaign in the Maldives. I kind of laughed inside, not really expecting anything to come of it. But the stars aligned and a month later I was on a boat loaded up with boards and camera equipment. The crew, Chris Searl, Jasson Salisbury, Kieran Burke, Tallon Clemow, Rob Gray, and Lincoln Jubb was undoubtably the reason the trip was so fun. Lots of talent, great stories, and a few mishaps at the buffet. Epic. 

To me traveling is about those mind blowing, in awe, I can't believe i'm here right now, moments. And there were plenty of them on this trip. The elements of the Tropics make me melt; sunset colors backlighting a silhouette of palms, turquoise gradient depths of the ocean, surfing off a deserted island with no one else out. The Indian Ocean knows paradise.

Thanks for the amazing trip Corona!

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THINGS NOTED

If you're planning a trip to the Maldives [ lucky! ] here are a few things I took note of while there. These notes relate to the time of year I was there as well, mid to end of April, so things may be different depending on what time of year you choose to visit.

1. It's hot. I'm talking like 85% humidity, sweating 100% of the day, thank the Maker for AC, hot. The atolls basically straddle the equator so prep well for sunshine and also the heat. Brimmed hats [ in this case bigger is definitely better ], sunscreen, and my forever go-to, coconut oil for pre and post sun moisturizing. 

2. Snacks, bring them. The resort and surfers package we were on included all of our main meals, but I brought raw granola bars, chocolate, and other small items that were easy to toss in my bag. These small bites were nice to have when we left the island and boated to other surf spots for the day. 

3. Go snorkeling. Stick. Your. Face In. The. Ocean. This was one of the most memorable parts of the trip for me. The water is incredibly clear, you can already see so much from above surface. Though i'll never forget the instant I put my face in; mask on and my eyes focused. The reef is so alive, it was like Times Square down there! Schools of fish and iridescent-like coral hues playing off the depth of the ocean floors gradient.