Sunday, February 7, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Even though we didn't get much snorkeling time this last trip to Maui because of the high surf it did bring out the surfers in droves.
As luck would have it, Aaron and I were driving around the north end of Maui looking for photographic opportunities and stopped where some surfers were to take some photos.
We met a professional videographer that was filming the surfers and he gave us the run down of who was in the water.
One of those surfers was Bethany Hamilton-Dirks, a world class and world famous surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack about 12 years ago.
I have to say she is truly an inspiration for pushing through hardships and getting on with your life.
When the news broke out of the shark attack, a family of fishermen led by Ralph Young presented to investigators photos of a 14-foot-long tiger shark they had caught and killed about one mile from the attack site. It had surfboard debris in its mouth. When measurements of its mouth were compared with those of Hamilton's broken board, it matched. In late 2004, the police officially confirmed that it was the one that attacked her.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board.
Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum.
Friday, February 5, 2016
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
I wasn't in the water much this trip. We had high surf most of the trip which made the water less than ideal for snorkeling. The surfers were going crazy but I didn't get a chance to take many underwater photos.
This is just as I was going under the surface with a wave breaking over my head.
It's a little weird but then again, so am I.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Okay, you got me. I wasn't actually on the moon. I wasn't wearing stilts either!
I was close to the top of the world though. Aaron and I went to the top of Maui's dormant volcano, Haleakala, to shoot the sunset and some star photos one very long day/night. Because the volcano is so tall, 10,023 feet at the summit, it makes the shadows very long since you are parallel to the sun as it sets.
If you are at the top of the volcano at sunset you can actually see the shadow cast by the volcano on the opposite side of the island and it's a BIG shadow!