We all met up at Panchos house to start setting up for the shoot around 8:00am, but there was a bit of confusion with the rental company. Seems they thought we were picking up the gear, and we thought they were delivering it. Luckily, Dona was on the ball and got them to drop off the stuff right to Panchos house in 45 minutes! Seems the driver was very familiar with the area, since one of Panchos neighbors, Lucas, is the head electrician on LOST and rents from him all the time. It didnt take us long to set up, and we were shooting Alex and Koa in our makeshift studio in Panchos garage. After breaking for lunch, we hit our first snag of the day…seems our next athlete (Yadin Nicols from Australia) left the island to follow an epic swell in California! After frantically calling the other athletes, we couldnt seem to find anyone else to shoot. Seems as if they were all “too busy” watching the finals of the Vans Triple Crown at Sunset beach. So we decided to shoot some cool water/texture shots instead.
Seems as if a huge storm ripped thru the island in the middle of the night, knocking out the power in all the North Shore. You would have thought Armageddon had hit! People were lined up outside Foodland (the only grocery store for miles) stocking up on beer. They were only letting people in 1 at a time and the line went thru the entire parking lot. We, being on a mission to shoot 4 athletes in one day, were not afraid! Coffee would have been nice, but nonetheless, we headed back to Panchos to keep shooting. Luckily the lights had plenty of battery power to get us thru the day. Like clockwork we shot Bobby, Kai, Pancho, and CJ and by the time we were done, we it was 6pm. We headed back to the hotel, and the only thing open for dinner was the buffet and it was quite crowded since most of the locals were there getting food as well. The power was finally restored, but it was late and we all headed for bed.
The weather seems to be getting better, but because the waves are also getting better, its hard tracking down the athletes. With most of the studio shots in the can, we are waiting to meet up with CJ and Pacho to shoot some lifestyle. Stay tuned!