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The Catalina Classic Paddleboard race is coming up this weekend. It is a 32 mile open ocean paddle board race that begins at Two Harbors on Catalina island and ends at the Manhattan Beach pier.   I recently had the opportunity to photograph some of it’s competitors.  These are only a few of the people that cross the channel every year.  It’s an amazing feat of Strength, stamina and endurance.  I think Joe Bark described the race the best  “What’s neat about the Classic is that it’s not a dog-eat-dog thing. There’s no money. It’s a respectable, honorable race, and you fight it out there with your friends until the end. It’s a race of honor. You help your buddies—it’s still a race and a sport where you do the right thing. Every paddler is out there to challenge themselves, and at the end of the day, you go back to your day job.”   

Letterpress love from Aardvark printing.  Thanks to @liquidsalt for the great logo design.  #letterpress #freshink

Letterpress love from Aardvark printing. Thanks to @liquidsalt for the great logo design. #letterpress #freshink

I’ve always thought spear fishing was cool and wanted to try it some day so when the opportunity came up to photograph some spear fishermen I jumped at the chance.  One of the things that really struck me visually was how light bright and airy it was on the surface and how dark and small it felt when down in the kelp beds.  This makes it incredibly difficult to find and catch fish. The fishermen can be out for half a day exploring the kelp beds looking for fish and and still come up empty handed.  Regardless it’s quite the journey either way. I loved exploring this whole other world not that far away from my own.

This is a follow up from the last post.  These photos were for a magazine  assignment. Do a summer lifestyle fashion shoot that uses the Photos of Leroy Grannis as the influence. It was a fun project that involved looking at old Surf Photos and spending the day at the beach. These are the results.  

Shot in Hermosa Beach, CA with local surfers, Hudson Ritchie, Hunter Jones, Rachel Tominaga, and Sara Curran. Styling by Cindy Whitehead.  

Young Guns. 

Young Guns. 

The Boys of Summer  

I feel very fortunate to have met, spent time with and photograph Louie Zamperini back in 2012. He was extremely gracious and generous with his time. we were told that we only had a half an hour and it lasted almost and hour and a half. He had a way about him that instantly put you at ease and made you feel comfortable. He family requested this photo because he was of hime smiling and telling stories. It’s also how i remember our brief meeting. My grandparents would tell me “It’s not what happens to you in life it’s how you handle it that defines you” I think Louie’s life is the finest example of that thought. #louiezamperini #unbroken #hero #generous #olympicathlete

I feel very fortunate to have met, spent time with and photograph Louie Zamperini back in 2012. He was extremely gracious and generous with his time. we were told that we only had a half an hour and it lasted almost and hour and a half. He had a way about him that instantly put you at ease and made you feel comfortable. He family requested this photo because he was of hime smiling and telling stories. It’s also how i remember our brief meeting. My grandparents would tell me “It’s not what happens to you in life it’s how you handle it that defines you” I think Louie’s life is the finest example of that thought. #louiezamperini #unbroken #hero #generous #olympicathlete

Fun Run #running #marathonrunner #hermosabeach #california

Fun Run #running #marathonrunner #hermosabeach #california

Long distance swimmer Dr. Ryan Bullock.  #swimtohear #oceanswimming #swimming

Long distance swimmer Dr. Ryan Bullock. #swimtohear #oceanswimming #swimming

A girl and her horse.  Equestrian rider Hannah Heidegger.  #equestrian #horsejumping #horses

A girl and her horse. Equestrian rider Hannah Heidegger. #equestrian #horsejumping #horses

Cue the Rocky theme.

Cue the Rocky theme.

San O days with @nikaukai  and @kaysdaddy #sanonofre #california #surfing #surftrip #ocean #dogpatch

San O days with @nikaukai and @kaysdaddy #sanonofre #california #surfing #surftrip #ocean #dogpatch

Paddle out?  With @nikaukai @kaysdaddy #surfing #waves #california #sanonofre

Paddle out? With @nikaukai @kaysdaddy #surfing #waves #california #sanonofre

Pelican POV #surfing #waves  #ocean #manhattanbeach #surfer #california

Pelican POV #surfing #waves #ocean #manhattanbeach #surfer #california

Portrait of Paulie DiMeo from Building Wild on @natgeowild #buildingwild #cabinkings #natgeowild #portraits #craftsmen  #carpenter

Portrait of Paulie DiMeo from Building Wild on @natgeowild #buildingwild #cabinkings #natgeowild #portraits #craftsmen #carpenter