Sunday, April 25, 2010


Last night was the Annual Billabong XXL awards...It was a night to remember with party buses, red carpets, tacos, beers, tequila, and of course the years best waves all pulled into one night!  3 of my images were nominated in the monster Paddle in award, 2 from Mavericks and one from Waimea!  Here's a few shots from the evening and the 3 images that were in the event...
Mark Healey and Shane Dorian at Waimea

Twiggy at Mavericks, shot during the 2010 Mavericks contest (10 point ride)
Also was awarded ride of the year for this wave!

Shaun Dollar (winner)

The Grove

Ramon after accepting his award for 2nd place on ride of the year

Twiggy when he found out he won...Congratulations bru!!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Flying home from Australia

I've been sitting at my house for the past week and trying to take it easy on my wrist so it heals up quickly and I can get back to shooting and surfing sooner rather than later.  As I was cleaning my equipment I realized I still had a couple photos on my CF card from when my flight from Australia home was cancelled.  We ended up spending 13 hours in the airport before Qantas put us up in a sweet hotel for the night before putting us on a new plane the next day.  As we were getting on the bus leaving the airport from the cancelled flight and the morning we got on the flight the next day, the news and media were all over it.  Here's a couple photos of what it was like to be in an airport with cancelled flights, kids screaming, peoples vacations being delayed, crying babies, crying adults, batteries dyeing, flashes popping, faces getting red, lines being formed, irritation levels going up, people being happy, people being sad..good thing is, we all made it home safely the next day...
Day 1..what we wish we were doing

Day 1:12 hours later, walking to the 1 of 2 buses for the 400 people to go to Hotels

Day 2: waiting in line to check in again

Day 2: after checking in the news interviewed a couple of us. I asked to take a photo of the reporter and cameraman, they said it was the first time anyone had done that.

After all was said and done, we made it home safe and despite the delays we got to spend the night in a great hotel with a good meal on Qantas's dime.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

broken wrist

Broke my wrist snowbarding 2 days before I flew to Australia...after shooting for 5 weeks, I came home and got an xray and scaphoid was split in 2...Dr said it should heal somewhat quick, what that means, time will tell....for now, I have a metal pin connecting the 2 pieces together...I can't wait to get the splint off and go surfing!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Extra large in Hong Kong

Dragons new ad campaign starring Rob Machado and Josh Hill in Hong Kong!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Friends covers

My good friend, teacher and mentor Chris Orwig ( shot the cover of this months Triathlete Magazine.  I went on his blog to check it out and saw that he had set both of our covers up at the newsstand...Check it out!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Surfin Life Japan Cover of Machado!

Dragon ads

Here are a few of the new ads for Dragon I worked on while I was in Australia and just before I left (Josh Hill)..These were taken off the website, but will be in print soon!
Owen Wright

Owen Wright

Josh Hill

Brett Simpson

Monday, April 5, 2010

a day in the life of surfing in australia

Waves look fun Joel, lets go surfing!

I don't know Beau, they don't like us around these parts...

What was that!...I could have sworn I just saw a shark..look!

no worries mate, we'll be fine, they don't like purple.

being out there made everyone feel like a warm cookie fresh out the oven at fat camp...

you've got to be kidding me...what are those!

a friendly pack of dolphins...

Chris was ecstatic "you should have seen these things!!!"
With everyones nerves being calmed there was still one thing to worry about....