Pali Lookout

Aloha. Its been a while since I have had a chance to talk story. I have been busy creating some new art that I am really excited about sharing with everyone. I did, however, get a chance to take a beach break out at Lanikai Beach this past weekend. We stopped at Pali Lookout to take in the view and had lunch at Maui Tacos, a lunch time favorite. I like to keep my camera with me and take lots of pictures when I am crusing the Island. You never know when there is going to be a great photo opportunity and a chance to capture something incredible. A recent trip to Lanikai served as the inspiration behind "Lanikai", an original crayon art piece of the Mokulea Islands. I am currently working on a surf piece inspired by another one of my photos taken at Kaisers during the big swell a few weeks ago. The water at Lanikai Beach is amazing, pictures really do not do it justice. It was a great chance to take a break, go for a swim and enjoy the day. Here are a few pictures from the trip. Enjoy.

Walkway to Lanikai Beach
Look at that view
Nice Backyards

The bluest water


Sneak Peak at my new original

I've Got That Country Feeling

I took a drive out to Haleiwa yesterday to deliver a commissioned piece of art to Wyland Gallery and visit a friend of mine Kyle Bernhardt. Kyle is a master shaper behind Country Feeling Surfboards, some of the most sought after boards in Hawaii. Unlike a lot of surfboard companies, Kyle's boards are completely custom. He hand picks the material, shapes, finishes, and even sells them himself. I have been surfing with a few of his boards over the past few months and have received numerous compliments on them. With the large swell this past weekend I really got a chance to see how they handle, I wish they made quality boards like this when I was growing up. My daughter's fiance has been using one of their hemp deck "green" boards. I think making surfboards that are environmentally friendly really go hand and hand with surfing and the ocean. I look for these "green" boards to continue to grow in popularity. After dropping off the boards I went by to see my sister, who lives in Haleiwa. She has the coolest German Shepard, Stevie, who fetches coconuts instead of tennis balls. I always enjoy spending time on the North Shore and with fall around the corner and winter not too far away I look forward to being out there a lot more in the months to come.

Kyle and Jeffrey
Jennifer and Stevie


The Swell of The Summer

6 to 10 foot waves on the south shore! The largest swell of the summer. There seemed to be a buzz in the air as the forecast called for waves up to ten feet from Friday morning to Sunday night. We hustled down to the beach Friday morning expecting big surf and large crowds and for the most part we were not disappointed. Our usual spot, Threes, had well over thirty people waiting for a ride so we moved over to Paradise and Popular's, two surf spots near by. My daughter's fiance has been surfing for a little over a month now and was getting to experience the excitement of surfing larger waves for the first time, thanks to some peer pressure. After surfing I decided to head down to Magic Island and take some pictures of The Bowl. It was a sight to see. People headed out, others paddling in, everyone stoked. It's hard to describe the atmosphere and the intensity of the weekend but luckily I took a lot of pictures that help. Here are a few. I think I will head back out. Enjoy.
Magic Island- check out all the white water

The Bowl