Posts Tagged ‘Jack McCoy’


Friday, January 21st, 2011


Ours is a watery world. Immersed from the point of our conception, we have an affinity for water.

So it comes as no real surprise that many of my closest friends and colleagues are fans of my work, and in turn me of their vision and passion.

Greg Huglin, Dick Hoole,  Falzon, Davey, Aichner, Havassy, Croci, Koniakowski, Bruce Brown, etc. The list is long of those men whose work fuels my own desire to produce.



I met Jack McCoy one evening as I was walking down the beach on the South Shore of Oahu. I was hand holding a little Panasonic video cam with a fisheye I had built a press mount for. A tall guy smiled at me and asked about the little camera. A short conversation ensued and in a few minutes we were both laughing going “Holy shit, you are him!”

Awhile back I got a  call from Jack. He told me that he was working on something pretty special and was looking for footage of something I had shot in Hawaii on that very same trip when we met, as well as some Hawaiian stuff I had produced with Tom Stone on Java. I sent it to him.

Well the film is done and will premier in my home town. Here is the Press Release for Deeper Shade of Blue.

Here is the film’s trailer.

I have no idea if Jack used my footage or stills. But it does not matter really. I am a huge fan of this aging Cinematographer whose vision and physical ability defy almost any other person alive to match. When I asked Jack how long he planned on making movies and doing what he does in the impact zone, he looked at me and said enthusiastically “I don’t know, maybe 65 or 70?”

He will do it.

The images I get to build are assembled based on the tableau produced by my clan. This blog’s work was shot on the heels of a visit by Robb Havassy. We are feeding off each other. Surf Story Volume 2 is in the works.

Jack will be in it of course.

Hope he lets us come see his film.

Click on any of the images in this gallery to toggle through as a slide show. The surfer is Hans Rathje.

Everything was shot on the Canon 5D Mark 2 system. You should see the motion capture from this shoot.

Hopefully you will get to some day!

Fifty Waves to Leave Your Lover For

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009


I live in a place many consider to be California’s Gold Coast. The term conjures up images of glassy warm Winter days, and crisp blue green lines which  swell and pitch into morning light, flashing golden with a brilliance that is breathtaking and addicting as it sets an emotional hook in one’s soul.

Dolphins reflecting dawn on glistening lean muscular bodies are syncopating rhythmic reflections which dart into the pull of northwest groundswells and burst into amber flecked projectiles as energy and joy erupt in the life pulse of a distant storm,¬† that ebbs on the shores of this place. Their high pitched chatter and surging¬† wakes, massage my senses as the pod passes. A pedestrian’s view this most definitely is not. I will never tire of it. The serenade is otherworldly.

I swim manically. It is what I do. The season for taking best advantage of the unique geography and potential lighting conditions on the Gold Coast exists for maybe 4 months of the calendar year, as swell, sun angle and weather converge to create what is possibly the best natural studio in the world.

In the last 12 years of swimming each day, I have acquired maybe 20,000 wave images that made the grade and  I kept. The women in my life, well, they were hard to pull away from at O dark thirty when excitement roused me with its irresistible reveille. It is black outside and the wind chill near freezing, as air temperature cuts atmospheric haze and focuses the morning into crystalline brilliant clarity.

But I am not the first to be so plucked from warm bed and body, though I may be the most prolific. Nor will my passion, be mine alone.

Kudos to  Doc Ball, Leroy Grannis, Bruce Brown, Craig Peterson, Woody Woodworth, Scott Preiss, Greg Huglin, George Greeenough, Jeff Divine,  Alby Falzon, Mike Moir, Guy Motil, Dale Kobetich, Peter Crawford, Jack McCoy, Don King, Larry Haynes,  Flame, Aaron, Art, Sakamoto, Scott Aichner, Sean Davey, Vince Cavataio, Warren Bolster, Yuri and to everyone who everyone that goes down to the sea with a camera. They all share something transformative with us. The world can be a tough place. We will never see enough beauty or drink enough elixer from nature to transform this blue ball into the oasis it could be. But at least they tried.

Here is a great documentary done by Gregory Schell called The Far Shore. See it if you get the chance. The story documents the travels of two unique characters I had the pleasure of meeting at a slide show many years ago at Dan Johnson’s house in Santa Barbara. Just when I thought that I was getting good, one of them sent me an image just like mine, done 25 years prior. Got to love colleagues. They keep us in check. Their tone became Surfer Magazine and presaged surf travel as it exists today.

This was a fun gallery to put together. I am as humbled by my predecessors as I am by my subject. The ocean gives your heart scale.

To the newest “Best in the world”: Good luck. You will need it, swim lots, share what you see, live and learn. Seth Godin has this to say.

Here is a music piece by composer Mark Mancina, from the film August Rush. Maybe open it in a separate window and play it while you toggle through. It is a brilliant one. I have read that it took him over a year to write it.  I hope that he never stops either.

Here are fifty waves to leave a lover for. Click on the images for the back story and to enlarge them. Oh and thanks to Jason Murray, one of my editors at Surfer Magazine who pioneered this gallery concept in one of the most popular spreads that Surfer ever produced.

This was fun. I think I will do my Wiamea shorebreak and Keiki images next. (Kidding, sort of)

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