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Neal's Images of the Day

Posted By: sponge

Neal's Images of the Day - 05/28/13 02:23 PM

Rather than author many pages of surf/photo sessions, here is one thread where I'll try and publish a surf image a day. Hope you like!

Glass Cylinder, Sandy Beach, 5/26/13. Went to shoot with low expectations. Surf has been pounding at Sandys but the swell is gone and the winds are up. Still managed to snag a few nuggets, including this glassy beaut. Shameless excessive Photoshop enhancements make this photo art.

Posted By: HeyyNow

Re: Neal's Image of the Day - 05/28/13 02:34 PM

Nice Neal. I've had one of your Pipe photos as screen saver for the past few months. Thanks.
Posted By: Q_Surf

Re: Neal's Image of the Day - 05/28/13 02:38 PM

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Rather than author many pages of surf/photo sessions, here is one thread where I'll try and publish a surf image a day. Hope you like!

Glass Cylinder, Sandy Beach, 5/26/13. Went to shoot with low expectations. Surf has been pounding at Sandys but the swell is gone and the winds are up. Still managed to snag a few nuggets, including this glassy beaut. Shameless excessive Photoshop enhancements make this photo art.






never thought Sandy's would be accused of having a yellow streak in it.

sweet shot sponge.
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Image of the Day - 05/28/13 02:43 PM

That's a beaut!
Posted By: youcantbeserious

Re: Neal's Image of the Day - 05/28/13 03:55 PM

Mahalos Neal!

Mods please pin this thread to the top.
Posted By: DaGrizTex

Re: Neal's Image of the Day - 05/29/13 08:36 AM

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Mahalos Neal!

Mods please pin this thread to the top.


Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 11:27 AM

Mad skills

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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 12:48 PM

Thanks all.

David, Big Rights, 5/18/13. Back to the recent south swell, Saturday morning was really glassy; so much so that you can plainly see the LM logo in the water's reflection. Didn't realize at the time, but the surfer is a friend. This was actually pretty trusting because this stranger (at the time) stabbed a bottom turn right in front of my face. Funny too because once we recognized each other, we couldn't line up for another shot.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 12:58 PM

That is a really great shot Sponge! I love the reflection and you really get a feeling for the speed from the spray off of the back of his board
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 01:05 PM

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That is a really great shot Sponge! I love the reflection and you really get a feeling for the speed from the spray off of the back of his board




Spray does look a bit blurry even at 1/1250 sec shutter speed.
Posted By: Drumsurf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 01:24 PM

Great idea for a single thread with all of your photos. I like it!
Posted By: RemyXO

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 03:06 PM

Wow, great angle Sponge.

Umm, could you get a chick in a bikini next time?
Posted By: tenover

Re: Neal's Image of the Day - 05/29/13 03:28 PM

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Mods please pin this thread to the top.




Good idea. Done.
Posted By: bloomies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 03:34 PM

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Thanks all.

David, Big Rights, 5/18/13. Back to the recent south swell, Saturday morning was really glassy; so much so that you can plainly see the LM logo in the water's reflection. Didn't realize at the time, but the surfer is a friend. This was actually pretty trusting because this stranger (at the time) stabbed a bottom turn right in front of my face. Funny too because once we recognized each other, we couldn't line up for another shot.






Fin detail!



Posted By: youcantbeserious

Re: Neal's Image of the Day - 05/29/13 03:50 PM

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Mods please pin this thread to the top.




Good idea. Done.





Thanks tenover! Sick shot again Neal! Keep em comin'. One of these days I hope to connect with you in the water and become immortalized on this thread.
Posted By: Rickoray

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 06:00 PM

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Score an Alana Blanchard shot like that and it would net you a 5 figure buy out
Posted By: frvcvs

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 06:08 PM

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Score an Alana Blanchard shot like that and it would net you a 5 figure buy out




Posted By: Bullnutts

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 07:46 PM

Saw a shot on the news of Point Panic about that time and I can't recall ever seeing the South Shore that glassy.
Posted By: mapache

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 08:45 PM

lovely pics
Posted By: surf cat

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/13 11:56 PM

Aloha Neal Do you take requests? I've always wondered what your cameras and cases look like????
would you consider taking a 'self portrait' in a mirror?
Some time ago you posted several pictures and one was a surreal underwater taken shot of the spinning tube....
we loved it so much, someone started a thread to acknowledge a thanks for showing us how sexual the tube looks underwater..... I've searched for that those threads,no luck. I enjoyed out your website till I forgot what I was looking for....If you have some idea of the picture I'm talking about, do you sell them?
LOL or could you just post it again?
Posted By: neinfore

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 07:38 AM

this thread has the makings of one of the best EVER on the erBB!

thanks AGAIN neal!!

we truely appreciate what you do to delive the goods day in and day out!

peas,

9'4''
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 10:51 AM

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Aloha Neal Do you take requests? I've always wondered what your cameras and cases look like????
would you consider taking a 'self portrait' in a mirror?
Some time ago you posted several pictures and one was a surreal underwater taken shot of the spinning tube....
we loved it so much, someone started a thread to acknowledge a thanks for showing us how sexual the tube looks underwater..... I've searched for that those threads,no luck. I enjoyed out your website till I forgot what I was looking for....If you have some idea of the picture I'm talking about, do you sell them?
LOL or could you just post it again?





Thanks Dale. I use Essex waterhousings, not the Slant-X but the older model. Haven't ever taken a mirror shot but you can kind of see me and my camera in this amusing Stabmag article.

As for that image, I think you are thinking about my "Blue Cylinder" image from 2011.


If not, let me know.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Image of the Day - 05/30/13 11:00 AM

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...One of these days I hope to connect with you in the water and become immortalized on this thread.




Just PM me. I usually shoot on the weekends.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 11:06 AM

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...Score an Alana Blanchard shot like that and it would net you a 5 figure buy out




Don't have one of Alana like that (though I may or may not have shots like that of other female surfers). Here's Alana all duked up for the 2011 Surfer Poll Awards.
Posted By: surf cat

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 11:08 AM

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(Guava Nectar)
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 11:15 AM

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Underwater Zombie paw.

So the guy that was behind you got worked, what about you?

Personally I think you're crazy but I really like your work.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 11:19 AM

Casey, Sandys, 5/26/13. While shooting this sequence Casey went from front lit under the open sky to darkened in a green tube. The camera didn't adjust for lighting in time for this shot, but thankfully could essentially "fix the exposure" in post-production. Fun to line up for these tube shots especially because they are so fleeting.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 11:28 AM

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Underwater Zombie paw.

So the guy that was behind you got worked, what about you?

Personally I think you're crazy but I really like your work.




If memory serves it was a smalish day with poor conditions and I just tried fooling around underwater. Can see my hair in the bottom left corner.

I'm not crazy. I was the most thrill-averse guy when I was young. Nowadays, I try to be calculating about the conditions I put myself in.
Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 12:00 PM

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Aloha Neal Do you take requests?



As for that image, I think you are thinking about my "Blue Cylinder" image from 2011.






Ooh, ooh, do you know misty?

That is an amazing shot Neal. I really like the low light, but it's still really clear and the details come through well.

It does make me instinctively want to reach down and grab my leash so I can figure out which way is up
Posted By: mapache

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 02:22 PM

Oh man. The blue cylinder is perfection.
Posted By: jp68

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 03:57 PM

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Aloha Neal Do you take requests? I've always wondered what your cameras and cases look like????
would you consider taking a 'self portrait' in a mirror?
Some time ago you posted several pictures and one was a surreal underwater taken shot of the spinning tube....
we loved it so much, someone started a thread to acknowledge a thanks for showing us how sexual the tube looks underwater..... I've searched for that those threads,no luck. I enjoyed out your website till I forgot what I was looking for....If you have some idea of the picture I'm talking about, do you sell them?
LOL or could you just post it again?





Thanks Dale. I use Essex waterhousings, not the Slant-X but the older model. Haven't ever taken a mirror shot but you can kind of see me and my camera in this amusing Stabmag article.

As for that image, I think you are thinking about my "Blue Cylinder" image from 2011.


If not, let me know.




so im the only drunk that sees a beer keg rolling ,about to take me out
Posted By: Q_Surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/13 04:17 PM

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...you posted several pictures and one was a surreal underwater taken shot of the spinning tube....
we loved it so much, someone started a thread to acknowledge a thanks...




remember posting that - because it's one of my favorite underwater wave shots ever. that neal took it is just the sponge on the cake.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/31/13 01:59 PM

Unknown, Pipeline, 1/25/13. Taken back in January, this was a small but silky day in the Country. Think I posted the closeout shot one frame later. This image still gives the impression that the wave could be makeable. I just love this wave!

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/31/13 09:50 PM

Posted By: Steamroller

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/01/13 01:02 AM

+1

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/01/13 12:08 PM

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Image of the Day - 06/01/13 01:35 PM

great shots as always

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...One of these days I hope to connect with you in the water and become immortalized on this thread.




Just PM me. I usually shoot on the weekends.



not speaking for him, but I think YCBS wants it to be a bit more spontaneous ... it seems it'd be his style
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/01/13 05:33 PM

Mike Ito, Bowls, 5/17/13. The swell angle seemed to favor more southern shorelines, but there were still some fun ones at Bowls. This guy scored a clean one before it got insanely crowded.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/01/13 07:00 PM

His name is Mike Ito. He's a long time Bowls regular.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/02/13 04:55 PM



Gassed, Sandy Beach, 5/26/13. Gas Chambers at the Ewa side of Sandys can get some serious barrels. Bonus is the vision of the cliffside and blowhole if you go left.
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/03/13 08:34 AM

Shattered glass in the lip. Is it an optical illusion or does it really throw out 2 X the wave height?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/03/13 11:44 AM

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Shattered glass in the lip. Is it an optical illusion or does it really throw out 2 X the wave height?




Not unusual for it to pitch like that for a lot of shorebreaks. Fisheye can distort a bit though.
Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/03/13 11:52 AM

It is really frustrating for someone like me with slight to moderate photo skills after a life time of taking pictures even now that I can afford to buy some pretty good equipment.

It's sort of like guitars. My folks got me my first guitar around 1955-56. No matter how many nice guitars I've been able to play or collect, my skills keep me in the background or rhythm section.

The good news? Checking out posts by Sponge and some of the other cats in the erBB who can truly stoke the 'experience' through their mastery of their equipment.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/04/13 05:12 AM

Your Ad Here, unknown, Big Rights, 5/17/13. Still got some space on the board.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/05/13 09:04 AM

High surf advisory today and tomorrow, we're waiting...
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/05/13 10:26 AM

Bottom turn, unknown, OTW, 5/3/13. Rainos had a surf camp with a bunch of groms from around the nation. Here's one of them bottom turning just under me on a tiny wave. Just good fu.

Posted By: centralcoastlurker

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/05/13 02:33 PM

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Bottom turn, unknown, OTW, 5/3/13. Rainos had a surf camp with a bunch of groms from around the nation. Here's one of them bottom turning just under me on a tiny wave. Just good fu.






Cool Shot
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/06/13 07:40 AM

into the Blue, unknown, 5/19/13. Wave is bigger than it looks as I was shooting upwards. Colors that day were vivid.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/06/13 12:10 PM

About how long do ou usually spend in the water when there is decent surf, decent surfers/boarder's in the water, good conditions for shooting, etc.?

Although I know you've been filming for a few decades (I used to follow you in the alt.surfing BB in the 80s) do you find yourself exhausted or pretty tired after a session? Your quads must be like iron! J
Posted By: tyrez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/06/13 09:24 PM

Neal, you live stoke...
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/06/13 09:50 PM

Typically out about 2-3 hours though I've been out as long as six.

I'm always tired afterwards! But that is part of the point--to get a decent workout.

Due to genetics I have pretty thick thighs and calves. Although that doesn't mean they are strong, they seem to help for endurance.

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About how long do ou usually spend in the water when there is decent surf, decent surfers/boarder's in the water, good conditions for shooting, etc.?

Although I know you've been filming for a few decades (I used to follow you in the alt.surfing BB in the 80s) do you find yourself exhausted or pretty tired after a session? Your quads must be like iron! J


Posted By: Bullnutts

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/07/13 02:56 AM

Always nice braddah. Keep um comin.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/07/13 07:34 AM

Below Sea Level, 5/3/13, OTW. Small day with superclear water just begged for experimentation. On this shot, I sunk the housing underwater and pushed it towards shore as a wave passed me by. Got lucky with the descending lip as seen by the fishies.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/08/13 03:35 PM

Panics Perspective, Point Panic, 5/18/13. The early morning view can be mesmerizing, even in Town.

Posted By: EarlEByrd

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/08/13 03:39 PM

You are picking some great shots with unique angles for reals.
Posted By: Surfdog

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/08/13 08:01 PM

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Panics Perspective, Point Panic, 5/18/13. The early morning view can be mesmerizing, even in Town.






The overall composition of this one is just fantastic. The clouds, the sun, the bending reflection and shadow from the cloud, and with a bodysurfer to boot. Badass!
Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/08/13 08:32 PM

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/09/13 12:03 PM

Deep Blue, unknown, Backdoor, 1/25/13. I've never been much of a Backdoor photographer. So sketchy out there, plus shooting with my left hand is on my "backhand." But the visuals out there are so mesmerizing.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/09/13 12:20 PM

powerful
Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/10/13 12:40 AM

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Panics Perspective, Point Panic, 5/18/13. The early morning view can be mesmerizing, even in Town.






Neal, you're killing it! One of the best surf shots I've seen in a long time.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/10/13 12:55 PM

Glowing, Sandys, 6/9/13. Marginal day but managed to eke out a few shots, magically enhanced with P-shop. Nearly got decapitated when a lip slammed me in the head. Still got stiff neck from that one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/11/13 10:00 AM

Southern Cal soul, 6/7/13.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/12/13 12:36 PM

How close? Big Rights, 5/24/13. Pretty much uncropped on a full-frame camera and a 15mm lens.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/13/13 12:17 PM

Drops, Pipe Masters 2012, 12/8/13. Lookback at an unintentionally artsy image from the Pipe Masters. If you look real carefully you might be able to see a surfer bottom turning on this wave (CJ Hobgood or Corey Lopez?). Those octagonal lens flares with mini-rainbows are trippy.

Posted By: r32

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/13/13 01:18 PM

Looks like the lens you were using has an 8 bladed aperture.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/14/13 06:59 PM

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Looks like the lens you were using has an 8 bladed aperture.




Whatever the 5D mkII uses.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/17/13 12:15 PM

Two-tone, Sandys, 5/16/13. They don't call it Sandy Beach for nothing. Lots of sand gets churned up as consecutive waves break, sometimes creating multi-colored waves.

Posted By: r32

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/17/13 12:51 PM

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Looks like the lens you were using has an 8 bladed aperture.




Whatever the 5D mkII uses.




Actually the aperture mechanism is in the lens. It's whatever lens you were using that caused the sun flare. Generally, more expensive lenses have more blades than cheaper lenses. And in general, the more blades in your lens aperture, the more smooth the opening which has a positive effect on image quality. Some pro lenses have up to nine blades in the aperture.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/17/13 03:33 PM

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Looks like the lens you were using has an 8 bladed aperture.




Whatever the 5D mkII uses.




Actually the aperture mechanism is in the lens. It's whatever lens you were using that caused the sun flare. Generally, more expensive lenses have more blades than cheaper lenses. And in general, the more blades in your lens aperture, the more smooth the opening which has a positive effect on image quality. Some pro lenses have up to nine blades in the aperture...




Probably shot a 70-200mm 2.8 lens (eight blades says the specs). Back in 2005 I got one similar using my Nikonos V with the 35mm lens (must've had six blades).

Posted By: hilldo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/13 12:52 AM

^^THIS^^
Posted By: hilldo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/13 12:53 AM

^^THREAD^^
Posted By: hilldo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/13 12:53 AM

^^RULES^^
Posted By: hilldo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/13 12:53 AM

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/13 04:07 AM

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funny how things link up sometimes...







LIKE
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/13 12:45 PM

Pitch Black, Keaka G, Sandys, 6/16/13. When Keaka came up after this one, he said the wave went pitch black. With all that sand, I can see why. Btw this image was pushed two f-stops just so can see what is happening inside.

Posted By: surfer57

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/13 04:15 PM

Looks more like what I'm used to here in NJ.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/19/13 01:29 PM

Keaka, Sandys, 6/16/13. Keaka and I lined up for some fun ones that day. This one cozied him up a bit.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/20/13 01:01 PM

Two-tone, Sandys, 6/16/13. Interesting how sand sometimes adds to the picture.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/20/13 04:16 PM

Good stuff keep it up Neal!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/21/13 01:02 PM

In the Zone, Pipeline, 2/8/13. From February of this year. No better view than from the impact zone. Well, I guess the surfer's POV is the best view. It is an exhilarating place to shoot.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/21/13 01:08 PM

Nice shot sponge!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/22/13 10:02 AM

Welcome to Town; Have a Nice Day, Bowls, 5/17/13.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/22/13 10:25 AM

a clusterfk day at bowls for sure. isaiah moniz dropping in on mikey bruneau. haha. welcome to town is right.


great capture!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/23/13 05:51 PM

Got a few nugs at Sandys, 6/22/13.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/23/13 05:55 PM

Do you get busted up getting shots like that! I mean, it looks like the world is about to close your windows in a few seconds! Great shot as usual, had me flinch a little looking at it though
Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/23/13 06:15 PM

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Got a few nugs at Sandys, 6/22/13.






Sandy's having a good summer, our next real swell next weekend?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/13 03:36 AM

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Do you get busted up getting shots like that! I mean, it looks like the world is about to close your windows in a few seconds! Great shot as usual, had me flinch a little looking at it though




You kind of learn how to deal with the wave. But I must admit, today I got slammed and bruised/scratched the middle of my back.
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/13 03:40 AM

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Do you get busted up getting shots like that! I mean, it looks like the world is about to close your windows in a few seconds! Great shot as usual, had me flinch a little looking at it though




You kind of learn how to deal with the wave. But I must admit, today I got slammed and bruised/scratched the middle of my back.




You youngsters heal fast. Go get some mo!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/13 12:28 PM

Pitch, Sandys, 6/23/13. Love the throw on this wave.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/13 12:48 PM

Wow Sponge! That is a superb shot

I love the little window to the shy through the falling lip. NIce textures too
Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/13 12:53 PM

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Got a few nugs at Sandys, 6/22/13.






Sandy's having a good summer, our next real swell next weekend?




This!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/25/13 12:27 PM

Ron McAdams, Sandys, 6/22/13. Uncropped image. He got so close he actually bumped the housing. Need to have trust when shooting.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/13 12:22 PM

Lipped, Sandys, 6/22/13. Sometimes its fun trying to get real close to the cascading lip. At size, no thanks.

Posted By: CharmingSophisticate

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/13 12:52 PM

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Ron McAdams, Sandys, 6/22/13. Uncropped image. He got so close he actually bumped the housing. Need to have trust when shooting.





I wouldn't trust him. On numerous occasions I paddled out at the rock alone at zero dark thirty thinking I was all hardcore only to find that crazy f-er already out there where he proceeds to tell me how good it was........3 fcuking hours ago.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/27/13 11:10 AM

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Ron McAdams, Sandys, 6/22/13. Uncropped image. He got so close he actually bumped the housing. Need to have trust when shooting.





I wouldn't trust him. On numerous occasions I paddled out at the rock alone at zero dark thirty thinking I was all hardcore only to find that crazy f-er already out there where he proceeds to tell me how good it was........3 fcuking hours ago.




Ron is a hardcore waverider.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/27/13 11:13 AM

Vibranced-Out, Sandys, 6/23/13. Photo-art of a messy, breaking wave. Tweak it till it looks pretty is what I always say.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/28/13 02:21 PM

Turning the Corner, Sandys, 6/23/13

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/29/13 09:00 PM

Pure Panics, Point Panic, 6/29/13. Still trying to perfect this dawn view of Town.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/30/13 07:04 PM

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Pure Panics, Point Panic, 6/29/13. Still trying to perfect this dawn view of Town.






Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/01/13 12:57 PM

Psychedelic Slam, Sandy Beach, 6/30/13. Surprisingly empty lineup so a friend and I took advantage and enjoyed the dawn's sun for a change. This shot was taken just before the barrel completely collapsed, but not before some colorful visuals were recorded.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/02/13 12:12 PM

Sharpened, Sandy Beach, 6/30/13. Clean one throwing down the line.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/04/13 12:33 PM

Chandeliered, Sandy Beach, 6/30/13. Hate when the wave doesn't pitch hard enough and it fall down the lip. Surfers call it a chandelier; photographers call it a missed opportunity.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/04/13 04:42 PM

Thanks again sponge.
Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/04/13 05:12 PM

++!

Happy Independence Day Gentlemen!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/13 12:53 PM

Westside View, 7/4/13. Beauty above, danger below. In fact on this day one bodyboarder faceplanted on the reef, breaking his nose and got lacerations requiring stitches. Not for the casual rider.

Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/13 01:38 PM

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Chandeliered, Sandy Beach, 6/30/13. Hate when the wave doesn't pitch hard enough and it fall down the lip. Surfers call it a chandelier; photographers call it a missed opportunity.






Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/06/13 11:30 AM

Crystal Blue Persuasion, Someone, Somewhere, 7/4/13. Sometimes the conditions are so pristine.

Posted By: hilldo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/06/13 06:41 PM

Sick views!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/07/13 07:42 PM

Round, Sandys, 7/6/13. Amazing how round waves can get.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/08/13 06:10 AM

Been some decent days there this summer, but I stay scared of bodysurfing there. Maybe down the beach a bit.
Shot a few from rock ledge last swell.
Your shot makes it look playful.
Keep up the good work and stay safe.

Quote:

Westside View, 7/4/13. Beauty above, danger below. In fact on this day one bodyboarder faceplanted on the reef, breaking his nose and got lacerations requiring stitches. Not for the casual rider.




Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/08/13 12:45 PM

That WS shot is just gorgeous!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/08/13 02:16 PM

Nug, Sandys, 7/7/13. Pretty marginal conditions in the early morning but there were a few nuggets, including this backwash-flared, sunrise-lit tubelet.

Posted By: Joshua2415

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/08/13 04:04 PM

Quote:

Psychedelic Slam, Sandy Beach, 6/30/13. Surprisingly empty lineup so a friend and I took advantage and enjoyed the dawn's sun for a change. This shot was taken just before the barrel completely collapsed, but not before some colorful visuals were recorded.






That is an awesome pic!!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/10/13 02:47 PM

Whizzing By, unknown, Sandy Beach, 7/6/13. At Half Point the kids were practicing for a bodyboarding contest. This guy got a good barrel and whizzed real close by me. Shot this one just as the wave enveloped the camera housing.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/10/13 05:08 PM

man..... what a great shot of one's self memorializing a favorite time of life... I'd have that one blown up, mounted and gifted to the parents (if they were still alive). Stoke... frozen in time forever.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/11/13 02:05 PM

Self portrait, Sandy Beach, 7/7/13. Half Point can get scary shallow and on this day it was like that. In fact, while swimming horizontally shooting a rider, my chest thumped the draining reef. When caught inside cannot dive under either; just gotta jump into the whitewater hoping you don't get rolled.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/12/13 03:13 PM

Backlit Pitch, Sandys, 7/6/13. Post sunrise can cause some extreme backlight, but can be artsy at times. I'm sure that kid is eyeing that little ramp, if he's not blinded by the light.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/15/13 03:41 PM

Sheet, Sandy Beach, 7/7/13. Love when the waves pitch out, lighting up the "green room."

Posted By: Stu Pidkook

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/13 03:23 PM

Quote:

Sharpened, Sandy Beach, 6/30/13. Clean one throwing down the line.






Thanks for sharing your work.....a view from the pit is always a great mental escape from work for a minute or two.
Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/13 06:00 PM

Quote:

Sheet, Sandy Beach, 7/7/13. Love when the waves pitch out, lighting up the "green room."






This is just great Sponge!!!!! It looks like there's a flash just on the other side of the curtain. Beautiful colors

Did you do a lot of correction to this one? (just curious, not criticizing)
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/20/13 04:25 PM

Carve, Westside, 7/19/13. Going around me.

Posted By: buttholesurfer

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/21/13 05:59 AM



Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/22/13 05:09 AM

Pocket Riding, Sandys, 7/20/13. Fun waves at Sandys the other day. This kid scored a clean one and probably got a rare make.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/23/13 12:05 PM

Cruising, in the water, 7/19/13. Was blessed to swim with some dolphins this weekend. Love them.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/24/13 12:32 PM

Azure Tube, Sandys, 7/20/13. Usually don't shoot towards the west this early in the morning, but this wave looked promising. Pulled this image out of the darkness in post.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/26/13 12:47 PM

Messy Tube, Westside, 7/19/13. This photo is just all over the place, but still enticing.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/27/13 12:43 PM

Taryn's new friends, Westside, 7/26/13. My daughter wanted to come out with me to look for dolphins. We were very fortunate and chanced upon a pod. Great father and daughter time, just before she goes off to college. We calculated we swam over a mile total!

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/27/13 10:43 PM

A memory she will share with her children one day! Awesome bonding in nature!
Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/28/13 08:58 PM

Quote:

A memory she will share with her children one day! Awesome bonding in nature!




She has the tree trunk legs of steel like dad?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/29/13 02:13 PM

Quote:

Quote:

A memory she will share with her children one day! Awesome bonding in nature!




She has the tree trunk legs of steel like dad?




Unfortunately. But lot of it is because she is a dancer.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/29/13 02:17 PM

First Shot, Sandys, 7/28/13. First image taken on this day. Little bit out of focus, but the significance is that the lip whiplashed my head. Bad way to start the day.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/29/13 05:39 PM

You da man.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/30/13 11:23 AM

Longboarding, Queens, 7/28/13. After shooting Sandys, I rushed over to Waikiki where China had his Longboard Classic. Caught the 50-year olds ripping the small surf.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/31/13 11:29 AM

Dueling Cameras, Sandys, 7/28/13. Would love to see this guy's perspective.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/01/13 11:53 AM

Twinkle Toes, Queens, 7/28/13. This was the Da Bla-Lah Division of China Uemura's Longboard Classic contest. Gotta have 40" and over waist. No matter how big, these guys still had lots of style and stoke.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/01/13 12:37 PM

mmmm I can identify! Love the stoke!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/03/13 03:14 PM

Green Closeout, Sandys, 8/2/13. Messy day but there were moments of (wait for it) awesomeness.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/04/13 12:05 PM

Quote:

Green Closeout, Sandys, 8/2/13. Messy day but there were moments of (wait for it) awesomeness.




Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/04/13 12:07 PM

Chambers Unloading, Sandys, 8/2/13. This double-up was especially impressive.

Posted By: HeyyNow

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/05/13 01:08 AM

Great shot. Great moment. To go when you know you're going to get creamed. Under appreciated aspect of surfing.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/05/13 10:31 AM

Shaving Cream, Sandys, 8/4/13. This shot was heavily underexposed but I managed to pull this out of the raw file. Love the blue foaminess.

Posted By: ratfink

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/05/13 11:05 AM

nice!
sponge worthy
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/06/13 10:47 AM

Dropknee sans Board, Sandys, 8/4/13. This guy got some skills!

Posted By: oneula

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/06/13 10:53 AM

Quote:

Twinkle Toes, Queens, 7/28/13. This was the Da Bla-Lah Division of China Uemura's Longboard Classic contest. Gotta have 40" and over waist. No matter how big, these guys still had lots of style and stoke.






brudda Destry
true hawaiian smile and all around great guy
fireman and friend
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/07/13 10:59 AM

Quote:

Quote:

Twinkle Toes, Queens, 7/28/13. This was the Da Bla-Lah Division of China Uemura's Longboard Classic contest. Gotta have 40" and over waist. No matter how big, these guys still had lots of style and stoke.






brudda Destry
true hawaiian smile and all around great guy
fireman and friend




He was a pretty good surfer. Could def turn his board when he wanted to.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/07/13 11:01 AM

Kaniela, "Inside Canoes", 7/28/13. This kid dominated the inside and I got lucky on one as he cruised nearby.

Posted By: b.r.

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/07/13 11:52 PM

this one is killer
Quote:

Chambers Unloading, Sandys, 8/2/13. This double-up was especially impressive.




Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/08/13 05:33 AM

Quote:

this one is killer
Quote:

Chambers Unloading, Sandys, 8/2/13. This double-up was especially impressive.









That one is frame 1 of the sequence. Here is frame 4, less than a second later.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/09/13 11:43 AM

Coloring Book, Sandys, 8/4/13. Just another "vibed-out" tube at dawn.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/10/13 02:32 PM

Predawn Colors, Sandys, 8/9/13. Oversaturated post-production of a great moment. Image actually is extremely noisy due to low light and high ISO setting.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/11/13 12:23 PM

Green Room, Sandys, 8/9/13. Just another tube at Sandys.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/11/13 05:11 PM

Quote:

Quote:

this one is killer
Quote:

Chambers Unloading, Sandys, 8/2/13. This double-up was especially impressive.









That one is frame 1 of the sequence. Here is frame 4, less than a second later.






Man, that is solid Chambers.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/13/13 12:13 PM

Ron, Sandys, 8/11/13. Ron McAdams can bodysurf too.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/13/13 12:36 PM

Quote:

Quote:

this one is killer
Quote:

Chambers Unloading, Sandys, 8/2/13. This double-up was especially impressive.









That one is frame 1 of the sequence. Here is frame 4, less than a second later.






Wow, nice shots Sponge! I surely would not have had the sack to keep shooting after the first frame
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/16/13 11:50 AM

Quote:

...Wow, nice shots Sponge! I surely would not have had the sack to keep shooting after the first frame




I was far away from the major slab. Image is heavily cropped. Still took donuts on a few that day though.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/16/13 11:57 AM

Ryan (Jedi Master) Beppu, Sandy Beach, 8/9/13. Ryan is by far the best water photographer at Sandy Beach. He's just a very low-key guy. Frame grab from my GoPro Hero3.
Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/18/13 12:18 AM

Quote:

Ryan (Jedi Master) Beppu, Sandy Beach, 8/9/13. Ryan is by far the best water photographer at Sandy Beach. He's just a very low-key guy. Frame grab from my GoPro Hero3.





You're killing it, Neal.

Beppu used to post up the goods every now and then - great pic of him at work! Also like the blue one and the fat guy at Queens (prolly cause I aint skinny and have had some good go-outs there.) Guy looks like a huge ballerina.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/22/13 03:11 AM

Bottom Turn, Queens, 7/28/13. Classic board, classic boardshorts at China's event. Good times in Waikiki.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/25/13 06:26 AM

The Wedge; Newport Beach, CA; 8/23/13. Jumped in with the GoPro just to get wet. Always an experience shooting a different spot. Maybe a half dozen GoPro shooters; most were gave each other a wide berth (I was probably the d!ck out there just trying to stand my ground). Even though it was small there were a few pulses that threw nicely. Here's one that is way oversaturated but pretty nonetheless.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/28/13 02:56 AM

Technicolor Tube, Sandys, 8/25/13. Had to pull this one out of a totally underexposed image. Very noisy, but still sweet.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/29/13 06:39 AM

Golden State, Wedge, 8/23/13. Morning colors are so different in California, but still so inspiring.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/30/13 08:57 AM

Early Pitch, Sandys, 8/25/13. Aimed a little bit too high on this shot. Slightly different perspective of the pitching lip at dawn.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/31/13 11:55 AM

Windansea Friends, 8/30/13. Bodysurfing historian Larry Asakawa, legend in his own mind Neal, WindAnSea / Blacks / LJ Shores OG (and Surfer mag cover boy) Bill Andrews, and former Surfer mag staff photog and Style Shark dude Ben DeCamp. BA went to his last day of work late because we having fun talking story.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/01/13 03:12 AM

Wow, looks like great conditions in my old hood.

Nice shot.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/01/13 07:41 PM

Lens Flared Grom, "Pastures", 8/31/13. This kid must've been around six or seven, but got into some way overhead ones (with jet-assisted take-off by Kahea Hart). Man, he's going to be ripping when he gets older... like 12.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/02/13 01:16 PM

Quad Action, "Pastures", 8/31/13. Kind of dirty water, but there were a few visions below sea level.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/03/13 08:47 AM

Kevin, "Pastures", 8/31/13. Was one of those days where you had to weave through the crowd. Kev about to zig before zagging.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/04/13 01:07 PM

Unfunctional fisheye, "Pastures", 8/31/13. A wide angle lens is not too functional out here, especially at size. You make the most with what you have.

Posted By: huryanpost

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/04/13 11:20 PM

Quote:

Unfunctional fisheye, "Pastures", 8/31/13. A wide angle lens is not too functional out here, especially at size. You make the most with what you have.






Works for me!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/05/13 10:46 AM

Takeoff at W/S, WindanSea, 8/30/13. GoPro frame grab of surfers enjoying a small day in La Jolla.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/13 12:16 PM

Calico, Sandys, 9/5/11. Found this random shot on the old hard drive and tweaked it out just for fun. Hope you like.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/07/13 11:20 AM

Bright Shorts, Outside "Turtle Beach" (aka Holtons), 9/6/13. As the winter season opens up, a huge controversy is coming to a head as the City and State try to address the horrendous traffic from tourists and tour operators flocking to "Turtle Beach" near Laniakea and Holtons. The gov't is considering closing off the entire Laniakea parking area and local surfers are pissed off. The waves continue to come though. Small, but fun day in the water... with no turtles to be seen.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/08/13 04:10 PM

Fitting a square peg in a round hole (terrible title), Rockpile, 9/7/13. Poor photo conditions, smallish waves, but had to get wet. Tried a different spot which was warpy, shallow, but pitchy. Got this vision that, if ridden all the way, would land you on an exposed coral head. Wheee!

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/08/13 06:29 PM

Nice stuff to start off the season.

Mahalo.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/09/13 11:36 AM

Longboard Wahine, Holtons, 9/6/13. Always nice to see a girl with decent skills enjoying the lineup. She had a big tanker btw.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/09/13 01:12 PM

Quote:

Fitting a square peg in a round hole (terrible title), Rockpile, 9/7/13. Poor photo conditions, smallish waves, but had to get wet. Tried a different spot which was warpy, shallow, but pitchy. Got this vision that, if ridden all the way, would land you on an exposed coral head. Wheee!






Nice Neal! I love how round it is.

Is it sketchy shooting from the water at rockpile?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/10/13 10:06 AM

Quote:

Is it sketchy shooting from the water at rockpile?




For me yes. Only my second time out shooting there. Only like the fifth time even out there. When it is small that inside shelf comes more into play, along with the coral head and inside rocks. I guess I need to get more comfortable out there.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/10/13 10:13 AM

Fearless Grom, Rockpile, 9/7/13. Kids nowadays just charge. This guy and his friend took off way deep and went for the warpy waves just outside the exposed coral head. Inspiring.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/11/13 11:11 AM

Gone Fishing, Holtons, 9/6/13. Just ride anything.

Posted By: diro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/11/13 12:41 PM

love to see pics of the groms charging. stoked.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/12/13 11:55 AM

Sick Shorebreak, Ke Ikis, 9/11/13. To mix it up I went with a friend to this North Shore shorebreak, realm of Clark Little. So challenging to shoot this place; so scary even at this size. Respect to shooters and riders who regularly get out there.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/13/13 07:33 AM

Atort at Sunset, Anthony Tortoriello, 9/11/13. Lots of droplets and blemishes, but managed to pull out this dramatic shot of Anthony enjoying a sweet, highly enhanced Hawaiian sunset.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/16/13 02:02 AM

Green-blue or blue-green? Sandys, 9/14/13. Regardless, always some interesting hues in the early morn.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/17/13 01:14 PM

Willy Petrovic, Sandys, 9/14/13. The art of dropknee riding is challenging but Willy's got it down pat.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/18/13 12:36 PM

Underwater View, Sandys, 9/14/13. Interesting view from below. Cool how the water is being sliced by the rail.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/19/13 11:49 AM

Backlit Drop, Kainalu Mahiko, Ke Ikis, 9/11/13. The kids are charging nowadays.

Posted By: youcantbeserious

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/19/13 04:31 PM

Mahalos again for this thread, Neo!
Posted By: Greg Griffin

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/19/13 06:12 PM




More Money
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/21/13 11:58 AM

Cylinder, Sandy Beach, 9/20/13. Shot with my GoPro using my friend Harry Antipala's KNEKT trigger system. Works pretty good! Junky day but managed to snag a few shots including this vision.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/13 11:23 AM

Accepting my fate, me, Sandys, 9/20/13. Friend Anthony Tortoriello caught this wave with me in the background. I was caught inside and did one of those accepting my fate / embracing nature / posing like an idiot positions. Interestingly I did *not* get rolled on this wave. That Mike Stewart theory on null points worked amazingly.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/13 03:18 PM

Quote:

Gone Fishing, Holtons, 9/6/13. Just ride anything.






Post Card of Fun.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/23/13 12:47 PM

Fabian, "Pastures," 9/22/13. Fabe rips the shortboard but he used to be a hardcore bodyboarder too. Didn't realize that he cut his teeth with the likes of Tedford and Tharin. Here he is *not* dropping in on anyone.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/24/13 12:51 PM

Dennis Pang, "Pastures", 9/22/13. I'm thinking Dennis is in his 50s, but this consummate surfer/shaper rips like a kid.

Posted By: tenover

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/24/13 11:51 PM

Awesome shote Neil......You done good with this thread!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/25/13 12:33 PM

Quote:

Awesome shote Neil......You done good with this thread!!




Thanks. Hopefully winter will bring more diverse photos.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/25/13 12:36 PM

Hectic, Ke Ikis, 9/11/13. If you look carefully you can see "bathers" reveling in the testy conditions. Note that I was out of the water at the time (I wanted no part of it). Clouds are pretty cool too.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/25/13 03:32 PM

Angry waters,

Foolish Bathers.

If one takes a board,

Win the Darwin Award.

Nice shot Neal!
Posted By: bsnyder

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/26/13 02:24 AM






Love this shot Neal.
When I travel there, this is what I'm looking for.
Love it!
Keep up the beautiful shots!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/26/13 11:09 AM

Thanks everyone. Been different since I've been used to posting "session" reports. Refreshing though.

Glass, Sandys, 9/15/13. There are speckles of imperfection on this image (sand or water spots), but it still is a nice little nugget.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/28/13 06:16 AM

me and a cute friend, Sandys, 9/15/13. Was fortunate to share water time with a baby seal. Inset photo courtesy Addison Bear.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/29/13 11:57 AM

Wanted to get away from the photog madness in the shorebreak and surf crowds in the Country. Found some cetaceans to hang out with and was just at total peace. Of course, dozens of tourists followed, wanting a piece of the action. I soon realized I didn't get away at all.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/29/13 12:50 PM

Brilliant commentary! Photo is unfair (that you keep showing up at the right place ant the right time with the skills and the right equipment).
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/29/13 04:36 PM

Quote:

Brilliant commentary! Photo is unfair (that you keep showing up at the right place ant the right time with the skills and the right equipment).




Thanks but I always feel like I'm behind the curve. Lot of my friends seem to be on it and get way more epic shots, including Clark Little, Sean Davey, Ryan Beppu, Maurice Aubuchon, Aaron Mizushima, Danny Black, Anthony Tortoriello, and many many others.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/30/13 08:43 AM

Grom at the Bottom, Rocky Point, 9/29/13. Just got a new port for my fisheye from Mike Waggoner and Essex Surfhousings. So stoked! Tried it out at marginal Rockys. Just nice getting out there.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/01/13 11:08 AM

Blue Tube, Rocky Rights, 9/29/13. For some reason this spot always seems to cast a deep blue hue. Not complaining one bit.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/02/13 12:12 PM

Supergrom, Rocky Point, 9/29/13. This kid was charging, sometimes with Jet-Assisted Take-Offs.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/03/13 11:09 AM

Streaking, Rockies, 9/29/13. This guy did a nice launch-carve on an incoming section (forgot if he made it or not). Bummed about the water droplet streak behind him, but this adversity is what makes water photography so challenging.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/04/13 07:36 PM

Line Dancing, Oahu, 9/28/13. More of our cetacean friends playing in the semi-murky waters.

Posted By: ifallalot

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/04/13 08:03 PM

Your idea of semi murky is entirely different than my idea of it

Love the pic
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/04/13 08:14 PM

Quote:

Your idea of semi murky is entirely different than my idea of it

Love the pic




Thanks. I know murky is relative. For Hawaii anyway there was lots of particles in the water. Check my video shot at the same time with a mounted GoPro (0:47 is the same moment this photo was taken). Even with the video I increased contrast a bit. With the photo, I enhanced much much more.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/06/13 11:17 AM

Supergrom Again, Rocky Point, 9/29/13. Here's that little kid again (maybe the son of Shane Beschen?), killing it. I see huge airs in his future.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/06/13 06:35 PM

Great shots, laughing how you think you are "behind the curve" and then I note that your friends are some of the best ever.

Sir, you are the curve.

More please.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/08/13 06:26 AM

Lost and Found: Out of Shape, Pipeline, 3/21/13. Looked back at a special session last winter. I actually tried shooting with my 100mm macro. The lens had focusing issues, but when it locked in, it was pretty solid. I have no idea who this guy is but I found this intense wave along with his gut (not unlike mine) such a fun dichotomy.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/10/13 04:18 AM

Waiting for days like this. Another one from last winter. Kai Mana Henry, Pipeline, 3/21/13. Shot with a 100mm macro lens. Harvested a few more decent shots from that session.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/11/13 01:09 PM

Yet another one from macro day, 3/21/13. Jeff Hubbard on a round one. The 100mm macro lens was just so slow to establish focus, but when it did, it was nice. Patiently waiting for our winter season to truly kick in.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/12/13 10:42 PM

Our friend Douglas Palama, an avid bodysurfer, passed a few weeks ago. Had a paddleout today at Point Panic with friends and family. Very touching gathering (maybe 200 people?). After his ashes were spread, Dougie's fins were also given back to the sea. Aloha Doug.

Posted By: Hump

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/13/13 09:36 PM

.

Thanks Neal.




Take care.
Posted By: craigj532

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/14/13 04:46 AM

Quote:

Our friend Douglas Palama, an avid bodysurfer, passed a few weeks ago. Had a paddleout today at Point Panic with friends and family. Very touching gathering (maybe 200 people?). After his ashes were spread, Dougie's fins were also given back to the sea. Aloha Doug.






So many people, myself included, loved Dougie so much. It broke my heart to not be able to be there yesterday. I'm happy there's no more pain for Doug, but Point Panic won't be the same without him. There's a spot on the reef, and under the tree, that will always be his.

Beautiful shot. What a way to be remembered.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/14/13 05:01 AM

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...So many people, myself included, loved Dougie so much. It broke my heart to not be able to be there yesterday. I'm happy there's no more pain for Doug, but Point Panic won't be the same without him. There's a spot on the reef, and under the tree, that will always be his.

Beautiful shot. What a way to be remembered.




Your commitment was absolute and Dougie would've wanted you to go. You are right though, Panics won't be the same without him. It was a nice gathering.

And congratulations on completing the Kona Ironman.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/15/13 10:29 AM

Beautiful conditions on Discoverer's Day, unknown, OTW, 10/14/13. The day before was bigger, but I heard it was insanely crowded too. Enjoyed shooting some decent waves.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/16/13 09:08 AM

U/W View, Wade Asato, OTW, 10/14/13. My favorite shot of the day was this underwater view. Love how the water is flowing off the rails and channels, and the sunlight streaming through.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/17/13 07:00 AM

Backwash, OTW, 10/14/13. Early season means lots of sand on the beach means lots of backwash. On this one the wave got a boost, opening up with the backwash.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/13 11:56 AM

Christina, OTW, 10/14/13. 0.25 seconds later, she ran right over me. Near miss!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/19/13 11:33 AM

Chaotic Closeout, Sandy Beach, 10/12/13. It ain't perfect all the time but the power is still there.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/20/13 08:02 AM

Bodysurfers at Pipe, 10/19/13. Wonky swell with backwash today. Although (us) bodyboarders were out en force, the bodysurfers were doing pretty well catching some impressive set waves. Very difficult to shoot bodysurfers, with water usually splashing all over the place. But on this one, the backwash burped this guy out to full view. Nervous about the rising swell. Careful folks.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/20/13 11:05 PM

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...Neal or Craig ...
wasn't Dougie, one of the bodysurfer's ( with 4 or 5 other visiting Hawaii bodysurfers) that made a trip to California to bodysurf different breaks and happened to be at the Wedge on a big day a few years back and tried to help save a guy, found him and got him to the Bay Watch Lifeguard Boat?

Aloha noooo, bruddah Douglas
Aloha noooo ...





Dougie was there that day. Not sure if he was shooting or in the water during the rescue. In his pictures, no more images of the boat, so Doug may have been in the water during the rescue.
http://www.808bodysurfer.com/California/...0&k=Dc5dHfg
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/21/13 12:02 PM

Mike Stewart, Pipeline, 10/20/13. Waves were tossing early in the morning. Was apprehensive to just swim out, but when I did, the surf eased and the conditions cleaned up. For some reason (maybe some recent rains) the waves had a very green hue. It was supergreen actually (Fifth Element reference).

Posted By: Blias Bloon

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/21/13 07:18 PM

Looks cold! Must be the supergreen...

Thanks for the daily stock Neal!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/23/13 11:51 AM

Big Takeoff, unknown, Pipeline, 10/20/13. Sometimes the sideswells would merge with the main waves and create some big peaks and short bowly rides. Here's one of them.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/24/13 01:45 PM

Winging It, Larry Russo, Pipeline, 10/20/13. Many of the bodysurfers headed to the Eastside, but Larry hung around to see conditions improve. He's the father of photographer Daniel Russo.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/25/13 10:19 AM

The one that got away, Pipeline, 10/20/13. Though it was way crowded, a few waves went unridden, including this grinder.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/27/13 08:58 AM

Maurice Aubuchon, OTW, 10/26/13. Been enjoying shooting from below. In this pic you can begin to understand why we love to shoot from the water.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/27/13 05:59 PM

Nice Shorts, OTW, 10/26/13. I'm trying for different angles, including the look-back down-the-line shot. Sometimes you get an okole shot though.

Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/13 01:12 AM

Love the bodysurfing pics, Neal. It's something that's underphotographed and underappreciated, but every time I do it I have a blast and wish I did it more.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/13 11:13 AM

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Love the bodysurfing pics, Neal. It's something that's underphotographed and underappreciated, but every time I do it I have a blast and wish I did it more.




I agree. I've actually took a bunch this weekend just for fun. Here's one:

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/29/13 01:06 PM

NS today -- 10/28/13 (borrowed fin) (separate post)

Bonus shot
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/30/13 11:36 AM

Unknown, Pipeline, 10/28/13. As the sun set, I was having a tough time with my camera focus. Bright light from shooting directly into the sun coupled with darkness everywhere else were wreaking havoc on my autofocus. Still lucked into a few.

Posted By: bloomies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/30/13 12:43 PM

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/31/13 11:08 AM

One that got away, Pipeline, 10/28/13. Even on the most crowded days, there are a few waves that go (mostly) unmolested.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/01/13 11:49 AM

JOB, Pipeline, 10/28/13. Jamie snagging a clean one in the late evening.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/02/13 01:29 PM

Separate post: NS today -- 11/1/13 (big Pipe; small Sunset)

Bonus shot. Conditions were not conducive for surfing, but this guy was doing his best out there.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/03/13 12:35 PM

Late Drop, Ian Mccaulley, Pipeline, 11/1/13. So I was shooting this sick empty barrel unloading down the reef when out of the corner of my eye a figure comes into frame. It was Ian taking a late drop into oblivion.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/13 01:02 PM

Shallow Shorebreak, Ke Iki, 11/3/13. Marginal surf so I checked out several spots looking for fleeting moments. Got lucky on this shot. Don't know how guys like Clark Little shoot this place at any appreciable size.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/05/13 01:55 PM

The View, OTW, 11/3/13. This is where we like to be.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/06/13 12:58 PM

Pancho Sullivan, HIC Pro Sunset, 11/1/13. Panch can read Sunset like the back of his hand, and hacks with the best of them. Looking forward to finishing the contest.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/07/13 11:10 AM

Glass Wall, North Shore shorebreak, 11/3/13. Timing takes on a new meaning at this spot. Need to watch for the sand and whitewater to settle. First wave in a set typically is the cleanest. Can be maddening waiting for the elements to combine but the results can be dramatic.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/07/13 11:18 AM

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Pancho Sullivan, HIC Pro Sunset, 11/1/13. Panch can read Sunset like the back of his hand, and hacks with the best of them. Looking forward to finishing the contest.






I'm thinking that's not as easy as he makes it look.

to you too for the thread.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/08/13 01:02 PM

Silhouette Drop, Pipeline, 10/28/13. Another shot from my borrowed fin evening session. Love to get the angle which shows the shoreline and the Backdoor wall. The lighting was very nice too.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/10/13 10:45 AM

Nate Yeomans, HIC Pro Sunset, 11/9/13. Swell swung to the north and winds and rain started kicking in. But there were some moments during the final day of the event.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/11/13 04:52 PM

Ezekiel Bartels, Westside, 11/10/13. OK, now I'm officially feeling old. Westside kid Ezekiel, 13, caught a good one at the IBA Hawaii event. Interestingly, I took a published shot of his *mother* Melanie back when she was 11! Just call me uncle.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/13/13 08:27 AM

Pondering the Paddleout, Lane, Pipeline, 11/9/13. It was a bit unruly so Lane took her time to jump in. The morning sky added to the photo op.
Posted By: j

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/13/13 08:28 AM








This image looked familiar. . Congrats!

http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/#!/newsDetail/23946785
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/14/13 10:06 AM

Imperfection, Westside, 11/10/13. The tube isn't perfect, but I like the lighting and composition of this image. Sometimes it doesn't have to be a perfect shot to be compelling.

Posted By: CharmingSophisticate

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/19/13 12:22 PM

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Lane



Beachley?

Neato.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/19/13 05:11 PM

Quote:

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Lane



Beachley?

Neato.




Davey. Photog Sean Davey's wife.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/23/13 12:04 PM

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Appreciate the photo's Neal while you're rehabbing. Get to mending and get back in the ocean!!!






Thanks Peter. Have been going cold turkey here and in FB. Frustrating but i'm trying to be positive and look to the future.

In the meantime, I've been slowly trying to archive my old surf sessions onto web pages I actually stopped archiving them back in January 2011, and they take time so I got a long way to go.

Btw, I do *not* have a cast; just have a brace/splint that I can remove. No weight bearing for six weeks, but at least I can start stretching it. Very swollen and gets noticeably worse when I move around. Sucks getting old.

In the meantime, here is a pic from 2011 from the old session I stopped archiving from. Aloha.

OTW (archive shot), 1/29/11.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/30/13 03:02 PM

Again, I snapped my ankle on 11/14/13 so I won't be doing water surf photography for a while. In the meantime, I've been trying to build web pages for my old images. Considering restructuring my old site, but in the meantime, I'm building pages for some old photo sessions. I stopped back in 2011, so I've got much catching up to do. I'll start reposting images from old photo sessions starting with the one I stopped at.

Archive shot; Dark Pit, Pipeline, 2/6/11. Shot with my old camera that had a bit of sensor dust. But still a nice, moody image.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/01/13 04:59 AM

Archive shot; Tucked, Pipeline, 2/6/11. The vision is awesome, though fleeting. Is it worth the tumble? Making it out makes everything worthwhile.

Posted By: diro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/05/13 10:52 AM

sooooo pittted!!!
Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/05/13 01:27 PM

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Silhouette Drop, Pipeline, 10/28/13. Another shot from my borrowed fin evening session. Love to get the angle which shows the shoreline and the Backdoor wall. The lighting was very nice too.





This is a really unique and magical shot!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/22/13 11:15 PM

My post on the 2013 Pipe Masters
Pipe Masters 2013 from behind the fence -- 12/8,14/13

Bonus shot
Posted By: Steak

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/23/13 12:12 AM

Hope you're healing up is going well!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/11/14 04:00 PM

Unknown, Pipeline, 1/10/14. Eight weeks and one day after my freak fib-fib fracture, I finally got to shooting in the water. Ankle still stiff and weak, but getting better with Jaco rehab. Heavy morning sickness and waves smaller than expected, but it was sooo nice being back in the water.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/11/14 04:24 PM

Good for ya! Stay safe.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/12/14 01:13 AM

Keahi Parker, Pipeline, 1/10/14. Not very many good waves, but Keahi scored this nugg.

Posted By: Steak

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/12/14 06:30 AM

Good onya Neal!!!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/13/14 04:00 AM

Bodyboarding legends: Mike Stewart, Pat Caldwell, Mike Prickett (cinematographer and former bodyboarder), Chris Ann Kim, and Ben Severson. All were enjoying the Da Hui Bodysurfing Expression Session held at Ehukai on 1/11/14.



Prickett is slowly recovering from a diving accident where he saved someone's life (true hero): http://prickett.explore.org
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/14/14 11:59 AM

I can count on one hand the times I went to the beach and *did not* go in the water. This was one of them. Not huge but a firm north with strong current. I just didn't feel up to it. Kai Santos, Ehukai, 1/11/14.

Posted By: craigj532

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/14/14 09:45 PM

The current was a real pain out there. You would've been fine, but you basically had to swim constantly just to stay in position. I got caught inside as soon as I swam out, which settled the nerves nicely and convinced me things weren't going to get any worse. When you caught the small ones and rode them to the inside, it was like a river in there.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/16/14 04:00 PM

Hand Jive, Pipeline, 1/10/14. There are so many subtleties when riding a wave that go unnoticed. For instance, note the way this surfer is gently touching the wave face, with water trailing like a disturbed water hose. The wall is not solid, but not "soft" either. In any case, for some reason doing that feels good!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/18/14 11:38 AM

Green Room, Westside, 1/17/14. Hard wave to shoot, but fun.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/19/14 08:35 PM

Lip Action, Westside, 1/18/14. Conditions were very nice.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/21/14 03:34 PM

Unknown, Backdoor, 1/20/14. Wanted to jump in badly at Pipe, but it just didn't look right. Not that it was big, but the sandbar from Gums to near Pupukea was dredging. Missing the seam meant a nightmare situation, so with my diminished strength, I decided to pass. Big big swell on the way, along with bad winds. Be careful boys and girls.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/22/14 03:04 PM

Hollowness, Westside, 1/17/14. It was really pretty out there.

Posted By: craigj532

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/22/14 06:57 PM

You made the right call. The swim out was pretty brutal as far as Pipeline goes. There was no way around dealing with the dredging sandbar. I watched for a while, but eventually jumped in. The surf was way more jumbled out there than it looked from the beach. Caught a few decent ones from the bodysurfers' corner. Got the inevitable thrashing from being caught inside by a north set. Saw some mind-blowing surfing from Nathan Fletcher, Tamayo Perry, and Gavin Beschen.

All in all, a good morning, but it was a lot of works with the currents and angle of the swell.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/23/14 03:59 PM

Thanks Craig. This injury has really clipped my bravado. I give you credit for just paddling out. That sandbar looked deadly.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/23/14 04:03 PM

Discretion is the better part of valor, unknown, Westside, 1/19/14. Think this guy made the right call and bailed before the drop.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/27/14 01:07 AM

Sailfish Dorsal, Base, 1/25/14. The backwash was unusually strong making for some dramatic, challenging moments. Btw, this wave actually flared even more in the next frame, but I like the colors in this one better.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/27/14 04:31 PM

Serious Backwash, unknown, 1/25/14. Yep that wave on the right is going out to sea. Think the rider was a lifeguard. Didn't get to see what happened, but must've been spectacular.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/28/14 01:25 PM

Sweetest Perfection, Eastside, 1/25/14. Sometimes it was just gorgeous out there. Quick, which band is the title song from?

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/29/14 04:24 PM

White marble, Eastside, 1/25/14. After wave #1, many times there's a lot of surface bubbles that end up on subsequent waves. Most times it is bothersome. I find myself counting seconds for that and kicked up sand to dissipate. But sometimes it makes the photo.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/30/14 09:30 AM

Turning the Corner, Noa Bryan, Westside, 1/19/14. Not as big as expected, not as clean as expected, but still good. Maybe it was better that way with less crowd and easier conditions.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/01/14 03:56 PM

One guy out at Pipe, 1/25/14. Couldn't believe that there was only one warrior out on this morn. Actually given the challenging conditions it made sense. In my debilitated state I decided not to try the paddle out and instead opted for smaller waves.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/02/14 01:37 AM

Pancho, Backdoor, 2/1/14. Southerlies started kicking in but a small pulse was throbbing in, making for some fun stuff. Sandbar was very prominent in front of Pipeline to Pupukea. Hope the contest goes off tomorrow.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/02/14 02:52 PM

Small Tube, Backdoor, 2/1/14. Just a small tube.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/02/14 02:52 PM

Under Rail, Backdoor, 2/1/14. Have been trying for this shot for a while now, under the board and down the line.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/02/14 06:12 PM

Are U farkin kidding me?!, Long live the Tree Trunks.

I just caught up on your thread after my winter sabbatical.

Very good one of Sir Pancho and the rest are stronger than my coffee.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/03/14 03:08 PM

Thanks Scott. Yeah, my left calf is finally getting close in size to the right. Almost back to normal. So fun being back in the water. Long your stuff too.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/03/14 03:11 PM

Best of the morn, Pipeline, 2/2/14. Multiple swells and increasing Kona winds made for lumpy conditions. However, a few solid ones came through including this beauty.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/04/14 02:47 PM

Unknown, Pipeline, 2/2/14. This guy was charging dk making lots of waves. Didn't make this one though.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/06/14 04:29 PM

Bowing in Respect, Pipeline, 2/2/14. Could not make this wave so gave a nod of respect.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/07/14 03:40 PM

Elbow Room, Pipeline, 2/1/14. Sometimes getting too close with a fisheye can distort humorously.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/08/14 04:08 PM

I lost my nerve and didn't go out on this day. Need to slowly rebuild my confidence.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/09/14 03:55 PM

Ben, Pipe, 1/8/14. Love shooting Ben Player because he understands how I shoot.

Posted By: Barracuda

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/09/14 04:18 PM

sick shot! so much airtime at pipe these weeks... cant wait for the contest, if it runs
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/10/14 04:52 PM

Thanks 'cuda. We'll see how things go. Trials start on Wednesday I think at Kea'aus.

Bottom turn, OTW, 2/9/14. Colors are funky due to image being severely underexposed. Still, makes for an interesting shot.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/11/14 11:29 AM

Down the Line, OTW, 2/9/14. Love being able to anticipate what's to come for the rider.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/11/14 06:33 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
One guy out at Pipe, 1/25/14. Couldn't believe that there was only one warrior out on this morn. Actually given the challenging conditions it made sense. In my debilitated state I decided not to try the paddle out and instead opted for smaller waves.



Wow Sponge. Plenty of great images in a short time. It's hard to pick just one, but this one seems really unique to me. Something about the lighting and the clouds and the blue lip of the wave.... I love it.

And yes..... that chit looks scary drowning
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/12/14 07:42 AM

Thanks Boneroni. Like that one too.

Sometimes you gotta know when to bail...
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/13/14 02:35 PM

The Flipper Girls are back in town, Pipeline, 2/2/14. Part of an annual pilgrimage, the crew of women bodyboarders from Japan are back in town (or rather the Country) attacking the Pipeline. Btw, Flipper is a Japanese bodyboarding magazine for girls and women.

Posted By: sirfun

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/13/14 06:11 PM

Thanx
very nice !! )

KUTGW !! )
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/14/14 03:33 PM

Thanks sirfun!

Hot Pink, Backdoor, 2/7/14. Mediocre day, but the board color provided a stark contrast to the weather.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/15/14 02:44 PM

Tube, OTW, 2/8/14. Just another tube at OTW.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/16/14 03:10 PM

Ben Player, Backdoor, 2/9/14. Not the best day, but was practicing the "pan even after the rider passes me by" shot.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/16/14 03:34 PM

Thanks sponge!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/17/14 08:18 AM

No probs ElOgro.

James "Booby" Jones, "Pastures", 2/16/14. Decided to shoot someplace different so went to the "lower-side" of the North Shore. Parked in the mud (since all the other parking is blocked off), said 'hi' to a turtle on the beach, swam out in the cool water, shot in some marginal surf that improved over time, avoided one big set that caught half the lineup, took a long time to swim back in, shot a portrait of a pair of Koreans with same turtle, left early.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/14 02:24 PM

Trevor Kam, OTW, 2/17/14. One of the newer old kids on the scene, been neat watching this guy improve over the years.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/14 02:28 PM

"Look ma, no surfer!," Pastures, 2/16/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/14 02:35 PM

Poser! 2/17/14. Note the distinctive Viper Vector fins; they are pretty awesome.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/19/14 07:12 AM

Pop-Wheelie, Unknown, Backdoor, 2/17/14. Looks a bit like the Huntington Hop.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/20/14 01:01 PM

Jimbo, Holtons, 2/16/14. Jimbo is an institution on the down-side of the North Shore.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/22/14 05:41 AM

Over the top, OTW, 2/5/14. Surf was scary at OTW while the Pipe Pro event went on. I was honestly scared for them on a few sets.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/22/14 06:33 AM

Some great angles lately.

Carry on.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/25/14 08:22 AM

High Line, "Pastures", 2/16/14. Fun ride on a fun wave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/26/14 09:29 AM

Wet Sponge, OTW, 2/7/14. Been trying to get different perspectives, most notably underwater views. Really interesting seeing how boards and people and water interact and are manifested underwater.

Posted By: j

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/27/14 02:29 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Best of the morn, Pipeline, 2/2/14. Multiple swells and increasing Kona winds made for lumpy conditions. However, a few solid ones came through including this beauty.



Very nice photo!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/27/14 06:01 PM

Baby Backdoor, 2/8/14. Small one on an unruly day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/28/14 02:59 AM

Edwin and me, Pipeline, 2/28/13, large photo by Chuck Trouville/IBA. During last year's IBA Pipe Challenge this kid attempted an insane el rollo right in front of me. Later found out he was Edwin Aldana from Venezuela. He was back this year for the contest and I finally got a chance to meet him. Very generous guy and full of stoke. Cool how our sport can transcend cultures and even languages. Aloha Edwin!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/04/14 03:00 PM

The view, OTW, 2/17/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/06/14 03:39 PM

From earlier this winter, Ian Mccaulley, Pipeline, 11/1/13. I remember shooting the grinding tube, then suddenly Ian dropped out of the sky and into frame. Blurry, but still an exciting shot.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/06/14 09:58 PM

That shot is so great, it almost seems photo-shopped for the perfection. The slight blur gives the water and the subject motion. I like!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/09/14 09:12 AM

Launch, Westside, 3/8/14. Surf was fun with some intense backwash.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/09/14 06:50 PM

I like that pool blue color the westside gets when clouds create a light box.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/10/14 08:05 AM

Trevor Kam, Pipeline, 3/9/14. Paddled out fairly easily but once out I was very uncomfortable. The currents and swell angles and size spooked me and I ended up lasting only 30 minutes. However, during that time, I got a few photos, including this one of Trevor charging.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/11/14 11:36 AM

Kiss the Lip, Westside, 3/8/14. The lip can take on a life of its own as it nearly thumps my head.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/12/14 10:33 AM

Skylight, 3/8/14. The inevitable slam is worth the fleeting vision.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/13/14 12:03 PM

Patrick James Murdock (I think), Pipeline, 3/9/14. The bearded one came in over and over again to retrieve his leashless board. Caught some good ones in between though.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/15/14 08:45 AM

Party wave! Some serious poundings but good fun with friends.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/15/14 02:57 PM

Two perspectives of the same moment
My photo


Gregg Daniels photo
Posted By: r32

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/15/14 03:05 PM

Murdock doing the Central Coast proud. jam_on
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/18/14 09:24 AM

Grinder, Westside, 3/16/14. Super-windy day, conditions were still nice, swell maintained, just three of us out, all smiles.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/19/14 05:07 PM

Wide Pitch, Westside, 3/16/14. I remember shooting this one. It pitched dramatically. It feels really good being in the eye of the storm.



Me, Westside, 3/16/14. This is me, possibly near the same moment. Photo by Adrian Matsumoto.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/19/14 05:10 PM

applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/20/14 10:10 AM

Kaimana, Maurice Aubuchon, Oahu, 3/16/14. The power of the ocean is celebrated by Mo.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/23/14 05:56 AM

Furrowed Lip, Westside, 3/16/14. When the sun came out it made everything look so pretty.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/23/14 06:02 AM

Travis Overley, Pipeline, 3/21/14. Taken in the first heat of the North Shore Lifeguard's Pipeline Bodysurfing Experience. Pretty sure the surf got bigger/better after I left.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/25/14 10:59 AM

Kinda Skunked, 3/23/14. Went out looking for something to shoot. Swell hadn't really picked up yet, so waves were small. At sunrise, this wave just wasn't popping. Went to another spot and was gently asked not to be around. Then went to shoot critters, but only managed finding a puffer fish. Oh well, at least I got some shorebreak tumbles and a one hour swim.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/26/14 03:38 PM

Unknown, Pipeline, 3/21/14. Before the bodysurfing contest waveriders of all disciplines were reveling in the dredging conditions. This surfer scored a sweet one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/28/14 08:51 AM

Wade Asato, Pipeline, 3/22/14. Not a very good day but still fun.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/28/14 12:27 PM

wave2
Posted By: SBSteve

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/28/14 04:58 PM

How's that Tib/Fib thing going? Looks like it aint keeping you out of the water.
Nice shots as always, thanks! jam_on
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/29/14 06:55 AM

Originally Posted By: SBSteve
How's that Tib/Fib thing going? Looks like it aint keeping you out of the water.
Nice shots as always, thanks! jam_on


Thanks. Still on the mend. Pau with insurance-paid rehab so am doing a supplemental rehab with Performance Rehab Ortho. Ankle still unstable and weak. Flexibility is decent. Expecting it to be a while longer. You can read about my journey here.
Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/29/14 04:13 PM

wow! quite a read. glad you're on the mend, it's a bitch to lose full use of a body part. wish I had been in town when you visited :-( if you ever return to Sandy Eggo, PM please. get well, great photo journal too!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/31/14 10:04 AM

Chick Turn (sequence), Emily Nishimoto, Rockies, 3/29/14. Not intending on denigrate our wahine. On the contrary, I'm so impressed with how girls surf nowadays, with power and control. Wish I could surf half as well.





Posted By: wills120

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/31/14 11:55 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Furrowed Lip, Westside, 3/16/14. When the sun came out it made everything look so pretty.



This one is just magical.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/01/14 06:36 AM

Martin, Rockies, 3/29/14. Cool acquaintance from South America.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/02/14 03:59 PM

Late Takeoff, Pipeline, 3/21/14. Surfer name maybe Gabriel? In any case, he's got over 90% of his inside rail on edge as he sets up the bottom turn.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/05/14 02:43 PM

Gavin Sutherland, Waimea River, 4/4/14. While heading to Pipe I noticed someone had opened the sandbar to release the river water, creating "standing waves." Gavin and his friends scored some fun ones before this very transient "wave" disappeared.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/06/14 01:30 PM

Closeout, Westside, 4/5/14. Still wasn't confident enough to hit macking North Shore so went looking for smaller stuff. Well, was way small but at least had fun talking story with the local boys. Made the most of it anyway, enjoying the rejuvenating ocean.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/07/14 06:31 AM

Dropping swell, dropping surfer; Pipeline; 4/6/14. I was too afraid to shoot at the peak of the swell yesterday. Thankfully the swell came down enough for me to get out and enjoy the remaining energy.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/07/14 03:49 PM

Backwash 1 of 2, Pipeline, 4/4/14. Outgoing wave first launched this guy in the air...


Backwash 2 of 2, Pipeline, 4/4/14. Backwash then flared the wave out. Happening a lot with the pronounced sandbar this season.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/10/14 03:53 PM

"I think I'll put my camera away now," Pipeline, 4/6/14. Just a bit too deep.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/11/14 03:45 PM

Classic Pipe, 4/6/14. I'd love to see the perspective that the other photographer got on this great ride and wave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/13/14 01:25 AM

Guilherme Tamega, Pipeline, 4/12/14. Purposely catching a bit of air on the takeoff, GT is as comfortable at Pipe than anywhere in the world. with Guilherme Tamega.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/14/14 03:45 PM

Slashed surf, Pipeline, 4/13/14. Nobody out from Rockpile to Rockies. Decided to stretch my legs anyway. People followed immediately after. Chaotic surf but had a couple pitch over me.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/17/14 04:16 PM

Unknown, Pipeline, 4/12/14. The sandbar at Pipeline is so far out it seems that spectators can cozy right up to the action. Still the perspective from the water is even better. ;-)

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/18/14 03:08 PM

Mike Stewart, Pipeline, 4/12/14. Still out there after all these years.

Posted By: Joshua2415

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/18/14 06:27 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Mike Stewart, Pipeline, 4/12/14. Still out there after all these years.



Great shot as usual Sponge! Keep'em coming. rockin
Posted By: craigj532

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/19/14 12:29 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Unknown, Pipeline, 4/12/14. The sandbar at Pipeline is so far out it seems that spectators can cozy right up to the action. Still the perspective from the water is even better. ;-)



I'm pretty sure "Unknown" is Mike Stewart, too.
Posted By: craigj532

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/19/14 12:31 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Guilherme Tamega, Pipeline, 4/12/14. Purposely catching a bit of air on the takeoff, GT is as comfortable at Pipe than anywhere in the world. with Guilherme Tamega.



One of my favorite guys to watch out there. Fearless and creative. He does stuff I could never even imagine on waves I'd never want.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/19/14 08:13 AM

Thanks all. Yeah, Craig that does look like Stewie after all. lol!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/19/14 08:16 AM

Prelude to Summer, Unknown, Sandy Beach, 4/18/14. Didn't have much time so I headed to Sandys today. Happened to be Good Friday, so the crowds were out en mass. Junky waves but still nice to stretch the old legs.

Posted By: buttholesurfer

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/19/14 08:23 AM

Rad pic'z man,As alway'z! rockin

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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/20/14 03:32 PM

Wahine, Rockys, 4/19/14. Nice lineup.

Posted By: goingright

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/20/14 04:04 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Launch, Westside, 3/8/14. Surf was fun with some intense backwash.



Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/21/14 12:43 AM

Grayness, PL/BD/OTW, 4/20/14. Small, windy, empty early on the North Shore. Went out once again to get some exercise. On the last photo (below) I finally got a little nugget pitch over me. Closing out Winter 2013/2014.



Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/25/14 03:15 PM

David Shinbara, Rocky Point, 4/19/14. Good friend from our old HSF days, David is one of the few old school kneeboarders still keeping the craft alive.


Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/26/14 07:45 AM

Hey, where is everybody?


Oh, there they are!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/27/14 09:16 AM

Tail Sitting, Pipeline, 4/6/14. Sometimes you gotta do anything you can just to make the wave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/28/14 03:26 PM

Crappy Day, Rocky Point, 4/27/14. Imho photographer's job is to make the image look as good and as enticing as possible. Surf was really bad this day, no more than chest high. But there were a few moments that were semi-decent and fun looking.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/29/14 11:38 AM

Micro-Barrel, Rocky Point, 4/27/14. Only a few pitched enough to tuck in and shoot. This was one of them.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/30/14 04:03 PM

Nitch, Rocky Point, 4/27/14. Making the most of the waning winter surf.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/01/14 03:02 PM

Jerrett Lau, Pipeline, 4/12/14. From a few weeks ago. Bummed that the camera went out of focus on the second shot, blurring what could have been a solid image. Such is life in the impact zone.



Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/04/14 03:20 PM

Harry, Sandy Beach, 5/2/14. Longtime friend Harry Antipala has created the KNEKT trigger system for GoPros. Here he is getting some promo shots shooting himself shooting.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/06/14 08:00 AM

Warble, Sandy Beach, 5/2/14. Even though it is imperfect, for some reason this tube is still compelling. Maybe it is because we relate it to invigorating energy. Regardless, I like closeout tubes.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/07/14 12:35 PM

Tubelet, Sandy Beach, 5/2/14. Cute little one under overcast skies.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/08/14 11:09 AM

Enveloped, Sandy Beach, 4/18/14. Like sleeping in a soft bed... until you wake up by a crushing lip on your head.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/14 01:01 PM

Flashback Friday: Jacky Buder, Point Panic, 1988. During our old HSF days Kainoa and Jacky were the dropknee masters, 1 and 2. Here's Jacky out at Panics when it used to be "legal" to bodyboard out there. Jacky told me he used this shot as the cover photo in his bodyboarding portfolio; I was truly honored. The guy had a great, low-keyed style, polar opposite to Kainoa's loud, brash (but incredible) attitude.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/14 01:33 PM

applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/11/14 12:56 PM

Ron's La Jolla Paddleout, Marine Street, 5/9/14. Gathering to celebrate the life of Ron McAdams, an extremely intense bodyboarder, family man, and friend. Ron had his share of demons (we all do to some extent), but he was in a good place when he unexpectedly passed. Aloha Ron!





Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/11/14 03:11 PM

You da man!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/13/14 02:00 PM

About six months ago I suffered a tib-fib fracture in San Diego. Was fortunate to have Dr. David Chao fix me up. Just wanted to show thanks in a small way.



Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/13/14 02:06 PM

That is class, Sponge. Pure calss!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/16/14 02:06 PM

Haven't shot for a while for am revisiting (regurgitating) some older images. Here's one of them.

Brian Toth (I believe), Pipeline, 11/21/10. The shot before this is one of my favorites ever. But this one is still pretty cool. Fellow photog/bodyboarder Paulo Barcellos got a great angle of the same ride.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/17/14 10:16 AM

Unknown, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/16/14. First swell of the summer (post Mother's Day swell) is always greeted with great anticipation. Surprise! Looks like it won't be quite as big as expected. Still fun out there, and likely to be a bit bigger tomorrow. Nice meeting you today BillyPink.



Synchronicity! Just got this photo of nearly the same moment by Chad Asuncion.
Posted By: bloomies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/17/14 04:29 PM

Love that drop knee shot! Mother's Day wave looks sweet too...... wave2
Posted By: BillyPink

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/17/14 05:21 PM

Neal nice meeting you!!! Love your work cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/19/14 01:24 AM

Wahine at the Sandy Beach Bodysurfing Championships, 5/17/14. Ultra low tide so conditions were funky in the early morning. The girls were still charging.



kook
Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/19/14 01:54 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Crappy Day, Rocky Point, 4/27/14. Imho photographer's job is to make the image look as good and as enticing as possible. Surf was really bad this day, no more than chest high. But there were a few moments that were semi-decent and fun looking.



Uncle Butch?

Great shots Sponge, lots of angles.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/19/14 03:28 PM

Nick Menas, Sandy Beach, 5/17/14. Before the contest, veteran bsurfer Nick caught a few nuggs.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/14 12:43 PM

Couple more from Bowls on 5/16/14


Posted By: craigj532

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/21/14 02:28 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Wahine at the Sandy Beach Bodysurfing Championships, 5/17/14. Ultra low tide so conditions were funky in the early morning. The girls were still charging.




Same moment in time?



And the inevitable result:

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/21/14 04:08 AM

Cool! She charged um.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/24/14 02:47 PM

Unknown, sacred place, May 2014. Fun wave, wherever it is.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/24/14 07:16 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Unknown, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/16/14. First swell of the summer (post Mother's Day swell) is always greeted with great anticipation. Surprise! Looks like it won't be quite as big as expected. Still fun out there, and likely to be a bit bigger tomorrow. Nice meeting you today BillyPink.





Synchronicity! Just got this photo of nearly the same moment by Chad Asuncion.


Isaac Lani his dad Clyde is a long time Bowls regular.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/24/14 08:27 PM

Thanks Teeroi! He was identified by friends on FB.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/29/14 09:58 AM

Even crappy days can have a few nuggets. Sandy Beach, 5/26/14. Of course, right after this session the norovirus hit me hard, giving a different meaning to the word crappy.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/31/14 11:02 AM

Happy Honu, North Shore, 5/3014. Rather than chase small tubes, I decided to look for turtles. Went to a remote part of the North Shore and found a few. Water clarity was very poor, but got lucky on a few shots, including this one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/02/14 03:54 PM

Grinder, Sandy Beach, 6/1/14. Surprisingly pulled this one out of the files.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/03/14 02:33 PM

Aaron, Sandy Beach, 6/1/14. Late takeoff at Sandys. Is there any other kind?

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/04/14 04:04 PM

Another Honu, North Shore, 5/30/14. It was really hard to find cleanish water, but got lucky on a few shots.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/05/14 03:58 PM

me, North Shore, 5/30/14. Selfie with a honu. We both were cruising on that day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/06/14 12:48 PM

Square Peg, Round Hole; Sandy Beach; 6/1/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/08/14 02:43 PM

Average day of shooting...


...so I decided to get back on the sponge. Bad idea.


Wheee!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/09/14 02:30 PM

More Currenty, Sandy Beach, 6/8/14. Surf was a touch bigger, but quite a bit more unruly as rips and lateral currents kept us honest.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/10/14 08:58 AM

Sweet Imperfection, Sandy Beach, 6/7/14. It can be fun no matter what the conditions.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/11/14 03:43 PM

Dumping, Sandy Beach, 6/8/14. It was all over the place on this day. Was wondering why no one was positioned here.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/15/14 01:30 AM

Messy Morning, Sandy Beach, 6/13/14. It was kind of hostile out there today. But it's always nice to get in the water, if nothing else to get tumbled a bit.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/15/14 01:31 AM

More tumbles, Sandy Beach, 6/14/14. Slightly bigger than the day before, more current, and tossing. Stayed out less than an hour but had more than enough doughnuts.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/17/14 03:54 PM

Choke Dolphins, Oahu, 6/15/14. Fortunate that a pod swam by today. Stoked!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/17/14 03:55 PM

Sunrise Vision, Sandy Beach, 6/13/14. Not quite what I was looking for, but ok.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/14 04:24 PM

Shooting Gallery, Sandy Beach, 6/14/14. Lots of crowds sharing the lineup nowadays. Can get frustrating, but can be fun with the right crew.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/19/14 02:59 PM

Passing Friend, underwater, 6/15/14. On the one pass of the pod, this guy got especially close to me. Always stoked to be with critters.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/21/14 04:26 AM

Mini-slab, Sandys, 6/13/14. A little bug near Chambers.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/22/14 03:49 PM

Enjoyed some sunrise surf with Bepps, the water photog Jedi Master of Sandy Beach, 6/21/14.


And here's Ryan sneaking into a funky barrel as the sun rises, Sandys, 6/21/14. Imho, Master Yoda Ryan is hands down the best photographer there, capturing some very compelling imagery through the years. Patient, creative, humble, and even a bit mysterious, but seemingly always right in the spot at the right time.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/23/14 02:51 PM

Small Wonder, Waimea Bay, 6/22/14. Small surf island-wide so i decided to check out the Bay. Very overcast and no dolphins, so I just swam around and shot randomly. This wave near Jump Rock may look imposing, but it probably had a 12-inch face.
Posted By: r32

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/23/14 03:26 PM

That last one is tits Neal! The colours are psychedelic and trip me out.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/14 03:42 PM

You like psychedelic r32? How about this follow-on shot. Both taken in burst mode with my GoPro Hero 3.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/29/14 10:01 PM

Vijay, Sandy Beach, 6/28/14. Taken during the first day of the Sandy Beach Shorebreak Challenge. Due to conditions, the contest was moved to the shallow reef at Half Point. Mostly everyone was stoked by the decision. This shot is very sharp; got lucky.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/30/14 02:35 PM

Nearly Overcast, Sandy Beach, 6/29/14. Driving to Sandy Beach, the skies did not look promising, with a lot of clouds blanketing out the sunrise. Jumped in anyway and got lucky with some color peeking through near the horizon.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/01/14 03:57 PM

Milliseconds apart, Vijay Maharaj, Half Point, 6/28/14

Chris Kincade's perspective


My perspective
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/06/14 04:09 PM

Went out only for 45 minutes during mid-late morning (while my wife and daughter went shopping) but still got a few. It was small, but still fun out there.

Got one decent shot of an empty tube


Yeah, it really is a zoo out there
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/07/14 02:17 PM

Before the wind, Sandy Beach, 7/5/14. It was small but calm for a while, then the winds picked up. Cloudy so kind of missed the sunrise. But still got a couple of shots. Note the sparkle of streetlights dotting the left side.
Posted By: el_calvo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/08/14 02:57 PM

Neal's beautiful images are all gone!!! bawling
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/09/14 06:11 AM

Hosting server was down. It is back up now.
Posted By: el_calvo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/09/14 11:08 AM

Thanks very much. Your work is truly spectacular.
It freezes and preserves the moments we are usually too busy to focus on as we are riding. applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/09/14 02:11 PM

Me shooting Keahi Parker, Sandy Beach Shorebreak Challenge at Half Point, 6/28/14, Addison Bear photo.


My perspective of that moment
Posted By: r32

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/09/14 02:22 PM

those psychedelic colors are mesmerizing. They look like paintings with smeared colors. Is that Beppu in the second to last shot? He must be bummed with all the photogs that flock there now-a-days.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/09/14 02:34 PM

Ryan doesn't shoot Half Point that much. I've never seen him shoot contests. But you are right. Mysto-man Ryan Beppu, who is arguably the best Sandy Beach shorebreak photog around, isn't very happy with the influx of photogs at dawn.

Ryan from last August
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/12/14 02:31 PM

The One, Sandy Beach, 7/11/14. When shooting in the water I'm always hopeful/grateful for at least one decent shot in any given session. This is that shot. A compact little grinder that came to me amongst the crowd.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/14/14 08:42 AM

Room with a View, Sandy Beach, 7/12/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/14/14 08:44 AM

Stacked, Sandy Beach, 7/13/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/16/14 08:28 AM

Caught the tail end of the south swell after work. Much smaller than the previous evening. Frustratingly long lulls. Good swim at least.

Ala Moana Bowls


Point Panic
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/18/14 02:17 PM

Unknown, Big Bowls, 7/15/14. I sat for a long time waiting in the channel for waves that never really came. Got lucky on this one, although it wasn't the dredging Bowls I saw from the shore.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/20/14 08:49 PM

Lip Action, Sandy Beach, 7/19/14. There were a few nuggs as the sun rose.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/22/14 02:57 PM

Bad weather, fun waves, Sandy Beach, 7/20/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/23/14 02:14 PM

Moody Wave, Sandys, 7/20/14. The clouds parted just a bit to allow some sunlight into this moment. The clouds made for a dark, moody atmosphere.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/24/14 09:02 AM

Dark Closeout, Sandys, 7/19/14. Even on junky days, you might get lucky and freeze a precious moment. Got this one from a slightly different angle (higher up on the wave). Like someone told me, all you need is for a few things to come together to make the session worth it.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/25/14 02:15 PM

A Classic View, Diamond Head and Bowls, 7/15/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/26/14 05:50 PM

Double-up, Sandys, 7/25/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/27/14 03:55 PM

Golden Sunrise, Sandy Beach, 7/25/14.

Posted By: Margin Walker

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/27/14 04:27 PM

Mahalo, Neal. Stocked on the recent pics.
Posted By: huryanpost

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/28/14 01:35 AM

Like these other guys say killer set of pics, the bowls pic is so classic. The shore break pics are just all time! Thanks for the STOCK!!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/28/14 02:14 AM

Stocked and honored that you guys enjoy the pics. Seems like the Bowls shot struck a chord. Here are a few more from that day.







Aloha!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/29/14 01:03 PM

All happening in 0.5 seconds.

Ready... (1 of 3)


Set... (2 of 3)


Go! (3 of 3)
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/29/14 03:03 PM

Super work as always. Just makes one wanna get wet. Thanks Neal!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/30/14 02:14 PM

Morning Light, Sandy Beach, 7/25/14. After sunrise the dawn changes colors, eventually becoming white light. Cool to watch the subtle transitions. Frustrating when the waves don't come in during that short window. But that's the challenge of sunrise (or sunset) surf photography.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/31/14 02:33 PM

Handboard, Point Panic, 7/15/14. Just another day in Town.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/04/14 03:37 PM

Family visited Kauai this weekend. Kalalau lookout was overcast but still nice. Tradewind swell was coming into H-bay. Was wondering how PPK and the Black Pot crew was doing (didn't get a chance to visit).

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/10/14 05:15 AM

My daughter and her college roommate enjoying the gifts of the ocean.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/10/14 03:23 PM

Between Iselle and Julio, Sandys, 8/9/14. Tyler throws a dk shaka in at the nadir of two storms.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/11/14 04:20 PM

Droplets, Sandys, 8/10/11. Really clean wave, marred only by misty droplets of water. Would love to see what he recorded.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/11/14 08:27 PM

applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/15/14 12:11 PM

Julio Happiness, Sandy Beach, 8/10/14. Thankfully, we on Oahu did not get slammed by either Hurricanes Iselle and Julio. We did get some of the residuals, including some increased surf. Fun stuff.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/16/14 03:26 PM

Honored that a couple of my images were selected for display at the California Surf Museum in Oceanside. The Bodysurfing exhibit opening party is tonight (8/16/14).


One of my shots is on the far right.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/17/14 12:36 PM

Vivid Mess, Sandy Beach, 8/16/14. Went out with very low expectations. Some swell but winds were chopping things up. Very overcast, but the colors popped for a little while. Of course, this image is super-enhanced to the point of being photo-art.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/17/14 03:24 PM

The hardest working man in surf photography. Much appreciated. Aloha.
Posted By: Q_Surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/17/14 05:30 PM

Sweet captured moment!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/18/14 04:12 PM

SUP Showdown at the Duke's Oceanfest in Waikiki, 8/17/14. Yeah, super-enhanced, but I really wanted to bring out that rainbow.

Posted By: ifallalot

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/18/14 04:34 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
SUP Showdown at the Duke's Oceanfest in Waikiki, 8/17/14. Yeah, super-enhanced, but I really wanted to bring out that rainbow.


It is enhanced but I've seen skies like that in real life. It is just hard to capture it via photo sometimes

Beautiful
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/19/14 01:08 PM

Kai Lenny, gold standard of SUP riding, Queens, Waikiki, 8/17/14. From the Duke's OceanFest. Kai ripped it up on a chip of a SUP board.

Posted By: LiquidFoundation

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/20/14 01:46 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Honored that a couple of my images were selected for display at the California Surf Museum in Oceanside. The Bodysurfing exhibit opening party is tonight (8/16/14).


One of my shots is on the far right.


Congrats Neal!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/20/14 03:30 PM

Urban Standup, Duke's OceanFest, Ultimate SUP Challenge, Queens, 8/17/14. Waikiki is a concrete jungle, but there are little oases everywhere, especially in the water. Noah Yap shows off his haircut.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/21/14 04:56 PM

Watch for the mosquitos!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/23/14 03:20 PM

Lynne Boyer, Duke's OceanFest, Legends comp, 8/22/14. Former pro surfer Lynne Boyer led the Outrigger 1 team out at Queens. I told her I bet she wished this was being held at big Sunset; she just laughed.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/24/14 03:25 PM

Point Panic, 8/23/14. Had some good ones for the Junior Bodysurfing event.
Posted By: craigj532

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/24/14 06:12 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Point Panic, 8/23/14. Had some good ones for the Junior Bodysurfing event.


The waves got so, so good yesterday.

Bigger and better than either of the "high swell advisory" days this week. The kids charged, and the uncles got some waves, too. So many unreal barrels to be had.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/25/14 02:41 PM

Small West, 8/24/14. Tiny shorebreak image.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/26/14 10:02 AM

Lance Kuraoka, Duke's OceanFest Legends comp, Team KHON2, 8/22/14. Believe Lance lurks here. While most everyone rode longboards, Lance absolutely ripped Queens up on a biscuit-type board.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/27/14 03:18 PM

Sandy Sandys, 8/23/14. It was quite unruly on the east side with some thick ones sucking us over.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/31/14 01:23 PM

Competitor, Point Panic Junior Bodysurfing Classic, 8/23/14. Kids were having a blast with the good surf.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/31/14 01:26 PM

Bert Ishimaru, Bowls, 8/22/14. Old friend Bert still got it out at Ala Mo.

Posted By: BradPitted

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/31/14 01:50 PM

Bowls looks like one of the funnest surf spots around.
Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/31/14 11:08 PM

Great stuff as always.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/01/14 02:00 PM

Thanks.

Dropping the Knee, 8/24/14.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/02/14 04:33 PM

Michael Ho, Bowls, 8/22/14. He's still got it!
Posted By: ifallalot

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/04/14 04:18 PM

Top

Some help Neal?

Sometimes I click on a multi page thread and have to go one page back to get it to do anything. For example, I went back to page 12 on this
Posted By: 000

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/04/14 08:18 PM

thread seems to be working
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 08:42 AM

I'm asking for help too. Seems like lucky number 13 is no good. Something to do with banned users changing the page post count or something. Help moderators!
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:01 AM

I have my settings at 50 posts per page. This will be post 486 on your thread, will see if this works.
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:02 AM

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:03 AM

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:04 AM

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:06 AM

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Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:08 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Competitor, Point Panic Junior Bodysurfing Classic, 8/23/14. Kids were having a blast with the good surf.



great shot

491
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:10 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Guilherme Tamega, Pipeline, 4/12/14. Purposely catching a bit of air on the takeoff, GT is as comfortable at Pipe than anywhere in the world. with Guilherme Tamega.



weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Joshua2415
Quote:
Psychedelic Slam, Sandy Beach, 6/30/13. Surprisingly empty lineup so a friend and I took advantage and enjoyed the dawn's sun for a change. This shot was taken just before the barrel completely collapsed, but not before some colorful visuals were recorded.



That is an awesome pic!!! <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/jam_on.gif" alt="" />


Sure is.

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Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:13 AM

494 - Kuno's a whore
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:13 AM

495 - cut out the jive
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:14 AM

496 - I gots a ding I need to fix
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:15 AM

497 - my dogs are in doggie heaven.
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:16 AM

498 - it's never too late
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:17 AM

499 - I hope I'm not wasting your time
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:18 AM

500 - should now at page 11 for me
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:19 AM

still screwed up censored banghead
Posted By: ifallalot

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/14 11:55 AM

You fixed it for me.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/07/14 10:36 AM

Thanks all who helped in getting the page going again. To catch up here are a few from 9/5/14. Very different images all taken within an hour of each other at Sandys. Aloha!







Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/07/14 04:10 PM

Thanks Sponge! Almost feel like I'm there sharing the vibe! Good stuff as always!
Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/07/14 05:00 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Thanks all who helped in getting the page going again. To catch up here are a few from 9/5/14. Very different images all taken within an hour of each other at Sandys. Aloha!









That last shot makes me froth! SANDYS is my most favorite beach on the planet.

Thanks Neal for the stock!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/08/14 02:52 PM

David Hubbard, IBA Hawaii Sandy Beach, 9/6/14. Dubb got a good boost on the left at Half Point, garnering a 9.2 score from the judges.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/09/14 03:36 PM

David Hubbard (same guy as above), IBA Hawaii Sandy Beach, 9/7/14. Dubb also ripped the dropknee division, eventually winning it.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/09/14 04:04 PM

Check out this pictorial called Happy Birthday Honu
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/12/14 11:58 AM

Ryan Beppu and his pole-cam, Sandy Beach, 9/5/14. Ryan is the Jedi Master of Sandy Beach. Very innovative and experimental. Can you imagine holding a heavy camera at the end of a six foot pole? Great perspectives when it works.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/13/14 03:19 PM

First Shot, Sandy Beach, 9/5/14. Knew I nailed it right off the bat. Only concern was blur from the lack of light. Boosted up contrast and vibrance big time to make it look surreal. Hope you like.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/14/14 02:39 PM

Stupid diopter got tweaked, making the image in the viewfinder always blurry. Didn't matter though since didn't use the viewfinder much with the fisheye. Here are a couple of my friends in action on a marginal Sandy Beach day. Hercules and Aaron, making the most of it.





neo
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/15/14 04:29 PM

Sunrise/Sunset photo shoots, Westside/Ala Moana, 9/14/14. Just wasn't quite filling in in the morning, so tried my luck in the evening too. Got into some mean current in the eve and was stoked to get a ride in from a passing jetski.



Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/16/14 01:14 PM

Ian, Ala Moana, 9/14/14. Ian carving at the Bowl.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/17/14 03:00 PM

Freefall, 9/14/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/18/14 02:37 PM

Mini-slab, Sandy Beach, 9/13/14. Always got a few nugs.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/19/14 09:29 PM

Chambers, Sandys, 9/19/14. South swell dwindled down significantly but there still were a few hollow ones to capture. Aloha!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/20/14 03:05 PM

Blue-Green, Sandys, 9/19/14. Kind of blurry shot, but hopefully you still get the feeling.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 01:46 AM

Hercules thought he still had em...


...but it wasn't meant to be. Sandy Beach, 9/20/14.
Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 03:26 AM






These two pics look really gnarly. There's a lot of power there! Thanks, Neal!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 03:05 PM

Thanks hammies.

Sandys can get pretty sketch even on small days. Here's another that shows the arena. Ikaika trying to duck under one, 9/19/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 03:07 PM

Thanks hammies.

Sandys can get pretty sketch even on small days. Here's another that shows the arena. Ikaika trying to duck under one, 9/19/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 04:03 PM

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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 04:04 PM

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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 04:05 PM

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 04:06 PM

Posted from 13th page--test
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 04:07 PM

maybe need to catch up on posts that were deleted? Test from 13th page again.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/14 04:07 PM

Ducking for Cover, Ikaika, Sandys, 9/19/14. Dramatic dawn moment, shot from afar of fellow photog Ikaika trying to duck under the lip.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/23/14 03:08 PM

Drop-In, Sandys, 9/19/14. Morning moment.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/24/14 01:36 PM

Yes, this kid got sucked over the falls anyway, Sandy Beach, 9/20/14.

Posted By: Barracuda

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/24/14 06:22 PM

how thick is that lip applause2 drowning
Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/24/14 06:51 PM

Holy crap! Did you get under it?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/25/14 01:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Boneroni
Holy crap! Did you get under it?


got under. Will post sequence later.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/25/14 01:27 PM

Chunk, Sandys, 9/19/14. After the first couple of waves, the lineup gets chaotic and messy. But there still are moments of raw energy to be found.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/25/14 03:55 PM

Point of no return from the over the falls sequence, Sandys, 9/20/14. Elapsed time between frame 1 and frame 4: just about one second. The weightlessness probably felt like an eternity for the kid. He came up just fine.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/26/14 02:34 PM

Mist, Sandys, 9/19/14. Looks like this one was starting to spit, with a misty gut.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/26/14 02:46 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Point of no return from the over the falls sequence, Sandys, 9/20/14. Elapsed time between frame 1 and frame 4: just about one second. The weightlessness probably felt like an eternity for the kid. He came up just fine.



Like that bottom right pic. Sitting on top of the tube, about to get slammed. Glad he was OK. drowning
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/27/14 03:50 PM

John shooting Lincoln, Sandys, 9/20/14. John is trying to get famous by getting the shot. Good luck!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/29/14 02:40 AM



Jock, Pastures, 9/27/14. So I'm scouring the lineup looking for an interesting subject when I see someone take off outside of everyone else. I immediately can tell that this guy knows what he's doing. As he gets closer, I notice he has a regal, old school style with no overt gyrations. He zooms right by, and I realize he is none other than Jock Sutherland. Must be in his mid-60s but still got it.

One more, going left
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/29/14 03:14 PM

Engulfed, Ikaika, 9/29/14. This one flared out with the backwash, with Ikaika along for the ride.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/30/14 03:02 PM

Big Red, Pastures, 9/27/14. This guy's board must be around 10 feet.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/02/14 04:52 PM

Buzzy Kerbox, Pastures, 9/27/14. Old school surfer, model, innovator still going strong on a SUP.

Posted By: youcantbeserious

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/02/14 04:55 PM

Mahalo nui hou for this thread Neal! Keeping me sane until January!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/02/14 05:05 PM

Thanks. One more.

Unknown, Pipeline, 10/1/14. Fun-sized swell on the North Shore was good for me to start getting prepped for the upcoming winter. Lully and backwashy, but super-glassy. This one was taken before the sun even cleared the Koolaus.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/03/14 03:43 PM

Morning View, Pipeline, 10/1/14. The vision we all crave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/05/14 02:44 PM

Derek Miyashiro sequence, Insanities, 10/4/14. Derek is one of our best underground dropknee riders. Here he is torquing one out right in the shorebreak. All of this happened in 0.5 seconds.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/06/14 05:05 PM

Clean takeoff, Backdoor, 10/5/14. Nice dropknee drop but gotta admit this guy caught a rail and lost it right afterwards. Still, this is a great moment of anticipation and opportunity for both rider and photog.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/07/14 06:46 PM

Clean Glass, Pipe, 10/1/14. No wind and sun makes for epic conditions in the morning.

Posted By: SolventSolution

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/07/14 08:58 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Ducking for Cover, Ikaika, Sandys, 9/19/14. Dramatic dawn moment, shot from afar of fellow photog Ikaika trying to duck under the lip.



awesome shot neal. Beautiful.
Posted By: r32

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/07/14 09:19 PM

Nice closeout shot of Obamas.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/08/14 02:01 PM

Thanks. Love that "Obama's" shot too. :-)

Another of Brian Wise, Insanities, 10/3/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/10/14 10:14 PM

Fun day at Pipeline, 10/9/14. Bigger than expected, but kind of wonky. Just a prelude to a huge swell this weekend. Be careful boys and girls.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/10/14 10:46 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Fun day at Pipeline, 10/9/14. Bigger than expected, but kind of wonky. Just a prelude to a huge swell this weekend. Be careful boys and girls.



Um (gulp) .. did he make it? bricks
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/11/14 07:05 AM

Made it!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/12/14 02:58 PM

Backdoor Pitch, 10/5/14. Love it when I'm in position at Backdoor when the lip just cascades over me. For me, this is such a scary place to shoot, even when it is small.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/13/14 12:42 PM

Bounce, Pipeline, 10/9/14. Still backwashy at Pipe in the early season making for some sketchy moments. Overcast skies and muted colors didn't help the mood.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/14/14 02:43 PM

Unknown, Pipe, 10/4/14. Cruising on the takeoff.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/15/14 04:05 PM

Shorebreaking, Insanities, 10/5/14. The water was really green on this day. Small, but really fun stuff.

Posted By: gwbsucks

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/15/14 04:13 PM

Your photos are awesome, Sponge! Nice work!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/16/14 02:57 PM

Thanks gwbsuck. Btw interesting handle.

Side Pocket, Pipeline, 10/9/14. Unknown bodyboarder negotiating the early season backwash.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/14 04:09 PM

Intimate Moment, Rocky Point, 10/17/14. Sharing a tube at Rockies sequence.



Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/14 04:10 PM

Catchup post 1
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/14 04:10 PM

Catchup post 2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/14 04:10 PM

Catchup post 3
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/14 04:11 PM

Catchup post 4
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/14 04:11 PM

Catchup post 5
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/14 04:12 PM

Catchup post 6
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/14 04:12 PM

Intimate Moment, Rocky Point, 10/17/14. Sharing a tube at Rockies sequence.



Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/19/14 08:30 AM

Inner View, Rocky Rights, 10/17/14. The view we crave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/19/14 03:33 PM

Chaotic, Rocky Rights, 10/17/14. Messy symmetry in the impact zone.

Posted By: PabloCruz

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/19/14 11:28 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Inner View, Rocky Rights, 10/17/14. The view we crave.



Awesome pics as always, Neal. This might be my favorite so far.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/20/14 03:16 PM

DK in the Rain, Pipeline, 10/19/14. After Hurricane Ana, it rained a lot but winds were fairly mild. Country surf jumped up with a winter swell from the Aleutians. Swam for 1.5 hrs but wasn't too comfortable with the new angle. Happy to be the only shooter in the water though. First time in a long time, especially with the proliferation of GoPros.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/21/14 01:54 PM

Negotiating the Peaks, Peter Piho, Pipeline, 10/19/14. Cross-swell creates peaks and sectiony pockets. Here's Peter trying to find some shade from the rain.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/22/14 08:25 AM

Holding Edge, Rocky Point, 10/17/14. Heelside bottom turn.

Posted By: BaliIdiot

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/22/14 08:28 AM

Getting me warmed up for Oahu Neal, these are sweet!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/22/14 02:13 PM

Thanks Ashley! Let me know when you get here. I''ll bring the Agwa this time.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/24/14 04:25 PM

Half-Empty or Half-Full? Rocky Point, 10/17/14. Some people see this view as an impending closeout; others see it as a potential ramp. What do you see?

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/25/14 02:13 PM

Drake Hawelu, Pipeline, 10/19/14. Takeoff in the rain.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/26/14 03:19 PM

How big is this wave? It is probably smaller than you think.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/27/14 03:01 PM

The wave above is just a bit overhead.

Clark's Realm, 10/26/14. This place should be renamed after Clark Little. Of course, this day was tiny and nobody was out, so I could shoot the place. Even at 2 feet, the placed kicked ass.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/14 04:39 PM

Throwing Tube, Insanities, 10/5/14. This one pitched really far. It was a nice day earlier in October.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/14 04:42 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Negotiating the Peaks, Peter Piho, Pipeline, 10/19/14. Cross-swell creates peaks and sectiony pockets. Here's Peter trying to find some shade from the rain.



applause2
Posted By: Barracuda

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/14 07:40 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Half-Empty or Half-Full? Rocky Point, 10/17/14. Some people see this view as an impending closeout; others see it as a potential ramp. What do you see?



sick shot, i would kill for something like that now grin
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/29/14 03:51 PM

Squared Off, Rocky Rights, 10/26/14. Sometimes the lip does strange things. This one kind of dropped straight down. Still interesting though.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/31/14 03:02 PM

Mini Green Wall, Ke Iki, 10/26/14. Tiny, glassy, fun.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/01/14 12:21 AM

Unknown, Laniakea, 10/31/14. Happy Halloween! Short period, crossed-swell, cloudy, rainy. At least it wasn't too crowded. Nice to see old friends like Reggie and John and Jon-Kelly. Mostly messy, but there were a few moments.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/01/14 02:19 PM

Lone SUP, Laniakea, 10/31/14. Not the most skilled but still getting some good ones.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/02/14 03:49 PM

Peter Piho, Insanities, 11/1/14. Peter gets a fun one on the sandbar.

Posted By: CharmingSophisticate

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/02/14 04:30 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Laniakea, 10/31/14

That's gotta' be a pretty good workout getting water shots out there.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/03/14 03:05 PM

Rockpile at Rockpile, 11/2/14. At the size and swell angle, there is a little pocket on the inside where the wave breaks. It can be a bit sketchy, especially when bigger waves or ones with north angle sneak in. Props to the riders who charged too.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/14 04:02 PM

Down the Line, OTW, 11/1/14. Little bit of water droplets on the lens port, but you get the feeling.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/05/14 03:24 PM

Room with a View, OTW, 11/2/14. This down-the-line view always makes me smile. Kind of reminds me to keep an open mind to future opportunities.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/05/14 03:48 PM

Love those barrel shot when you can see the wave walling up all the way down the line. cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/06/14 04:05 PM

Peter Piho, Rockpile, 11/2/14. Skirting the rocks at Rockpile.
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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/07/14 04:18 PM

Heading towards Insanity(s), 11/2/14. The view looking NE.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/07/14 05:05 PM

Wow Neal, that one above is pretty amazing! Great straight on and centered perspective, interesting dark and warbley lip, multiple depth points for perspective reference, and that delicate glass blown lip in the foreground.

Top fvcking notch stuff! bowdown
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/10/14 12:22 PM

Thanks Boneroni. Admittedly, the shot has a heavy share of Photoshopping, including contrast and cropping. Still, always a favorite view of mine.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/10/14 12:24 PM

Unknown (maybe Landon McNamara), HIC Pro Sunset, 11/9/14. It was tossing out there, with barely a channel. Thanks to the Hawaiian Water Patrol who really really took care of me. I didn't last long out there.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/12/14 03:51 PM

HIC Pro at Sunset Beach, 11/9/14. The arena is so vast out there I don't know how they position themselves to even catch waves, let alone perform on them.


Meanwhile out at the Pipeline
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/13/14 03:56 PM

Wade, Westside, 11/11/14. Yes, I know, very blurry. But the photo illustrates the dynamic and challenging environment we play in.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/14/14 03:20 PM

Into the sun, 11/11/14. Several riders complained that the wave went right into the sun. I would agree. Messy, but still fun.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/14/14 03:20 PM

Into the sun, 11/11/14. Several riders complained that the wave went right into the sun. I would agree. Messy, but still fun.

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Into the sun, 11/11/14. Several riders complained that the wave went right into the sun. I would agree. Messy, but still fun.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/15/14 03:04 PM

I believe this is Dusty Payne during his Round 3 heat, Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, 11/14/14. First two days were way too big for me to chance some water photography. I sat pretty much on the other side of the Toilet Bowl for a couple of heats.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/16/14 03:49 PM

Unknown, Backdoor, 11/14/14. Looked pretty good over there. I decided to cruise the channel.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/17/14 03:16 PM

Derek Miyashiro, OTW, 11/16/14. Messy day but still fun. Derek heading down the line.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/18/14 11:55 AM

Mark Balasbas, OTW, 11/16/14. Found Mark and Derek enjoying OTW all by their lonesome.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/19/14 01:49 PM

Turning the Corner, Unknown, Pipeline, 11/14/14. Interesting photo with wall and background, but in reality he is just about to kick out of the wave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/21/14 12:31 PM

Lights, Camera, Action! Unknown, Backdoor, 11/16/14. Getting the GoPro shot in chunky surf.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/22/14 03:12 PM

Sunshine, Gums, 11/16/14. When the sun comes out everything looks fun and easy.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/24/14 11:32 PM

Dreamy Takeoff, Unknown, Pipeline, 11/14/14. Just another fun one at Pipe.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/03/14 02:25 PM

Unknown, Pipeline, 12/2/14. Took some time out and finally got back in the water. Was planning on shooting Sunset, but the Pipeline beckoned. Not perfect, but still fun being out there. Maybe 15 water photographers, only three of them were familiar to me (high turnover I guess).

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/04/14 02:33 PM

Above is probably Owen Wright.

Tamayo Perry, Pipeline, 12/2/14. Underground rider Tamayo Perry always gets a few good ones every session. Note GoPro periscope of the ever-stoked Jr Maosi.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/05/14 03:03 PM

Splayed, Pipeline, 12/2/14. Sometimes on the takeoff you disconnect from the face of the wave. Need to maintain composure.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/06/14 09:43 AM

Jonathan Gonzalez, Vans World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, 12/5/14. From the Canary Islands, Jonathan enjoyed a great run in the contest, making it to the semis. On this wave he did a snap right in the hook at Inside Sunset.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/07/14 06:00 AM

Chris Ward, World Cup of Surfing, 12/5/14. Wardo was ripping out there. Check the redirects, all of which happened in less than a second.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/08/14 02:31 PM

Before the Masters, unknown, Pipeline, 12/6/14. Taken a couple of days before the Pipe Masters window. Smallish surf with a bit too much sand on the reef. Surf expected to be solid through the week; should make for a decent event.

Posted By: el_calvo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/08/14 04:12 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Before the Masters, unknown, Pipeline, 12/6/14. Taken a couple of days before the Pipe Masters window. Smallish surf with a bit too much sand on the reef. Surf expected to be solid through the week; should make for a decent event.



As an East Coaster, I love your definition of "smallish surf".
When we get a swell that size, they start closing the beaches and you have to sneak around the lifeguards and Police to make it into the water at some spots.
Nice shot as usual.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/13/14 09:54 AM

Originally Posted By: el_calvo
...As an East Coaster, I love your definition of "smallish surf".
When we get a swell that size, they start closing the beaches and you have to sneak around the lifeguards and Police to make it into the water at some spots.
Nice shot as usual.


Sorry. Didn't mean to come off as sounding so cavalier. But everything is relative, including what is considered "big". Aloha!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/13/14 09:57 AM

RReef McIntosh, Pipe Masters Invitational Trials winner, 12/12/14. On my way out I got caught in the current and was swept to the Ehukai lifeguard tower before getting out. Joined up with maybe a dozen water photogs just as the heat started. Too many people in the lineup so the contest director directed some of us to leave. I was bummed, but I knew it would be a longshot for me anyway. At least I got some exercise and blasted off a few frames before heading in. Congrats Reef and Makai for making it to the main event. Mahalo Craig.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/16/14 07:50 AM

The Pipeline Arena, 12/12/14.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/16/14 07:58 AM

Over-Under, Westside, 12/13/14. Even though I have a puny 4" lens port and a slow 4 fps camera, I lucked out and got a photo that shows things happening both above and below the water. I need to get a proper over-under port one of these days.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/16/14 08:00 AM

Hot Shot, Westside, 12/13/14. Small waves and overcast, but there were a few little nuggets to be had. My photo editing came out a bit bright, almost like HDR enhancement.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/16/14 04:41 PM

Brandon Rosa, Westside, 12/14/15. Brandon rides really clean and charges hard. Easy to shoot him.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/17/14 02:17 PM

From the trials final, Pipe Master, 12/12/14. It was so much smaller in the morning. Got absolutely mental afterwards.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/17/14 03:31 PM

More photos here:

Vignettes from the 2014 Pipe Masters -- 12/12/14
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/23/14 03:50 PM

Finally bought a simple slide scanner to tap into some of my vintage photos (didn't shoot too much slides, but I have enough). Here are a few samples:

Kalani Kahalioumi, Pipeline, 1991. Kalani was one of the early bodyboarding pros. He charged the big stuff just as well as he could dropknee. Check him out in the opening sequence of Scotty Carter's Bodyboarding Enough Said. Low key Hawaiian who let his riding speak for itself.


Isaac Kaneshiro, Pipeline, 1991. Isaac was a stellar amateur in the old HSF days. Back then, didn't have too much at the next level except for Reid Inouye's HPAC series, the now-defunct PSAA, and the ASP of course. Check out how big Isaac's board is; must be like a 7'6" or something. Amazing how small the boards the pros ride at Pipe nowadays.


Kainoa McGee, the epic 1994 International Morey Boogie Bodyboard Pro Championships, 1/11/94. Kainoa surfed his heart out to the point of exhaustion, placing second to Guilherme Tamega. Here's Kai pulling into a closeout on the inside. It was truly a banner day for bodyboarding.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/25/14 03:45 PM

Mele Kalikimaka! Hope everyone has a happy holiday season as we move into 2015.

Posted By: afoaf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/25/14 04:49 PM

xoxoxoxo
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/28/14 02:46 AM

Blast from the Past, Max Medeiros, Pipeline, 1991. Kauai has always been a hotbed of surfing talent. One early talent was Max, who came over to Oahu and charged the North Shore. Max is a super nice guy and actually a gifted shaper (I even owned a mini-tanker of his design, Hawaiian Blades). But for me, I'll remember the lines he drew setting up for the barrel at Pipe.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/30/14 03:41 PM

Underwater, Gums, 12/29/14. Rip was pushing in the opposite direction, and although waves weren't big at all, I got stuck and couldn't make it out on the first try. Ended up sitting on the beach for 45 minutes resting and contemplating my continued physical decline. Then jumped in and popped through with ease. Rip was bad at Gums but I snapped a few before swimming in, including this underwater takeoff.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/31/14 04:26 PM

Near Miss, Pipeline, 12/30/14. Small, glassy morning on the North Shore just before a front came through and shredded things up and making things even more wet. Groms were all over the place enjoying the surf.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/01/15 07:58 PM

Happy New Year! Here's to a great 2015. Aloha!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/03/15 07:25 AM

Backwash, Makapuu, 1/2/15. Southwest winds with a front approaching led me to a different spot. Wasn't alone, with the likes of Zak Noyle also shooting there. Made the most of it.

Posted By: rossmoor

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/03/15 08:11 AM

Another windward side spot I surfed today was quite fun. Gotta love those offshore SW winds!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/03/15 09:04 AM

Glad you got some too. I tried going to another place but I think POTUS was nearby.
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/03/15 12:43 PM

Your contributions consistently bring the stock. Thanks.
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/03/15 05:00 PM

Thanks ElOgro!

One more from Friday. Green Pitch, Makapuu, 1/2/15. Heavy contrast and vibrance applied to the image to create "photo art."

Posted By: rossmoor

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/03/15 07:47 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Glad you got some too. I tried going to another place but I think POTUS was nearby.


Haha! Had the same problem and it was firing bawling

But the other spot was open and good.
Posted By: rossmoor

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/03/15 07:48 PM

Originally Posted By: rossmoor
Originally Posted By: sponge
Glad you got some too. I tried going to another place but I think POTUS was nearby.


Haha! Had the same problem and it was firing bawling

But the other spot was open and fun.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/05/15 02:50 PM

Terrible Conditions, Westside, 1/4/15. Strong NW winds shredded most of the surf on the island. The only reason I jumped in is to stretch my legs.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/06/15 04:01 PM

Tyler Juza, Westside, 1/4/15. This wave is wayyy smaller than it looks due to perspective. Not much out there but the boys were trying.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/07/15 03:55 PM

Sunrise over Makapu'u, 1/2/15. Managed to catch a couple in the foreground enjoying the dawn.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/08/15 04:16 PM

Corey, Westside, 1/4/15. Playing under foreboding skies.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/09/15 03:44 PM

Makapu'u, 1/2/15
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/11/15 04:11 PM

Sorry but I was too intimidated by the waves to go out at Pipeline. Lost the edge, at least for now. 1/10/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/12/15 04:48 PM

Playful Pipe/BD, 1/11/15. Down a lot from the day before. Beautiful day with fun surf. Lens port didn't clear so this shot is very soft, but the action at Backdoor was solid.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/13/15 03:31 PM

Sheet Glass, Westside, 1/10/15. After running away from huge Pipeline, I settled for some small but pretty action with some of the local boys.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/14/15 04:09 PM

Pipeline/Backdoor, 1/10/15. The more I look at these photos (and especially the photos of others), the more I wish I paddled out. My justification was I just had a minor procedure done the day before (for 50 yo guys). Still, I'm just fiending over what I missed.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/15/15 04:02 PM

Backlit bruddah, Westside, 1/10/15. Water gurgling around. Good times.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/15/15 04:40 PM

Mason Ho, Pipeline, 1/11/15. He doesn't just ride in the barrels, he rises above them. Rodeo-like attempt.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/16/15 04:26 PM

In the Moment, Backdoor, 1/11/15. Again, soft shot due to water sheeting on the lens port, but still solid action. Might be Josh Moniz.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/17/15 03:55 PM

Enveloped, Westside, 1/10/15. In the tube; in the moment.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/18/15 02:46 PM

Alika, Westside, 1/17/15. This wave was wide open, but wasn't as big as it looks.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/19/15 03:23 PM

Backside at Backdoor, 1/18/15. Surf felt just a touch too big for my deflated ego, so I took a long walk on the beach. Backdoor was firing for those with the cojones to chance it.

Posted By: CharmingSophisticate

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/19/15 03:28 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Backside at Backdoor, 1/18/15. Surf felt just a touch too big for my deflated ego, so I took a long walk on the beach. Backdoor was firing for those with the cojones to chance it.

With all the scary mysto-death slabs around nowadays it's still Backdoor that a lot of guys seem to fear the most.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/20/15 03:28 PM

Morning Air, Pipeline, 1/19/15. After a week of big stuff the surf finally came down to playful levels. Enjoyed an early session at Pipe/Backdoor/OTW. This was my second shot, taken well before the sun cleared the Koolaus. This guy launched so close to me he actually apologized, but I told him no problem. One of my favorite recent shots.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/21/15 04:48 PM

Makaha Bodysurfing contest, 1/17/15. Challenging conditions, but the boys and girls made the most of it.

Posted By: Barracuda

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/21/15 11:37 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Morning Air, Pipeline, 1/19/15. After a week of big stuff the surf finally came down to playful levels. Enjoyed an early session at Pipe/Backdoor/OTW. This was my second shot, taken well before the sun cleared the Koolaus. This guy launched so close to me he actually apologized, but I told him no problem. One of my favorite recent shots.


sick shot!
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/22/15 01:05 PM

thx Barracuda!

Backdoor Bail, 1/18/15. Scary enough to have to press the eject button, but you really need to worry about the next wave possibly bearing down on you. Paddle fast to the horizon brah.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/23/15 03:08 PM

Tracks, 1/22/15. Sets were solid when they came.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/24/15 04:10 PM

Warpy, PL/BD, 2/23/15. Predawn at Pipe. Again, I ended up not pulling the trigger.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/25/15 04:34 PM

Azure Tube, Westside, 1/24/15. Jumped in for just a few minutes in the evening. Worth it.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/26/15 04:49 PM

Fun stuff, 1/25/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/27/15 04:26 PM

"The Bowl", Tracks, 1/23/15. Not sure what they call it, but that's what I call the main split peak just left of the entrance. Was lining up nicely that day.

Posted By: el_calvo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/27/15 04:47 PM

As I look out my window at the 18 degree gale force wind driven snow your shots are greatly appreciated.
Thanks.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/27/15 11:20 PM

Just for you, el_calvo. Stay safe brah.

Digging for the Pot of Gold, Westside, 1/25/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/28/15 04:20 PM

John John Florence, on the beach, 1/23/15. His presurf ritual includes the reverse noseride slide to the water with leash-assist. He is a child prodigy that is actually living up to the unfairly high expectations burdened on him ever since his preteens.



JJF, Pipeline, 1/23/15. He casually paddled out right through the Gums maelstrom, cruised in the channel for a bit, then jumped on this one.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/29/15 03:19 PM

Nearly Lipped, Westside, 1/24/15. The glass ax nearly lopped my head off on this one. Note bodyboarding kid pulling in in the distance.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/30/15 05:28 AM

Takayuki Wakita, Volcom Pipe Pro, 1/29/15. Pretty sure he made this drop. Check that; saw the vid; didn't make it.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/31/15 02:30 PM

Before the Volcom, Pipeline, 1/29/15. Riders try to snag barrels just before the contest. This guy weaved through a sweet one.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/02/15 11:56 AM

In the Turbine, Westside, 1/31/15. Feels so good being in this compact pocket of power.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/02/15 12:08 PM

Nathan Florence, Volcom Pipe Pro, 1/29/15. Middle brother of the Florence clan, Nathan is a solid big wave surfer. Here he is going a bit under sea level during the contest.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/03/15 02:58 PM

Backlight Hook, Westside, 1/25/15. There were some serious moments.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/04/15 04:05 PM

Unknown, Pipeline, 1/29/15. Noncontestants were having a field day just before the start of the Volcom Pipe Pro.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/06/15 03:24 PM

Setting up the ride, Pipeline, 1/29/15. Nailing the bottom turn is essential for a good ride out there.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/07/15 03:10 PM

Colored Glass, Sandy Beach, 2/6/15. West winds made for poor conditions most everywhere except on the east side. Unfortunately, surf was tiny there. Managed to snag a few glassy tublets, exaggerating colors ridiculously in post-production.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/08/15 03:44 PM

Sheet, Sandy Beach, 2/6/15. Little cup of glass.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/10/15 02:16 PM

Explosive, Pyramid Rock, 2/9/15. Wasn't so much the current than it was the exterme backwash that made conditions challenging. Still a lot of fun out, with kona winds and a bodysurfing contest going on.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/10/15 02:21 PM

Before the Contest, Pyramid Rock, 2/8/15. Love this view.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/11/15 04:52 PM

Practicing at the Rock, 2/8/15.



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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/12/15 05:03 PM

Lip Launch, P-Rock, 2/8/15

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/13/15 04:33 PM

Foam Pit, P-Rock, 2/8/15. Question: Why is foam white?

Posted By: Barracuda

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/14/15 12:25 AM

that is such a great shot! milkshake lip right there
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/14/15 03:49 PM

Weird Wave, P-Rock, 2/8/15. Waves are all unique but some more than others. This one was one-of-a-kind.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/15/15 07:53 AM

Mutant Humu, Hanauma Bay, 2/14/15. I never saw a humuhumunukunukuapuaa with this color scheme. Empty day at the Bay.

Posted By: kelly7873

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/15/15 08:38 AM

That's a Lagoon Triggerfish, the more common one is a Picasso Triggerfish. They both have the same Hawaiian name.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/15/15 03:29 PM

Thanks Kelly. Did not know that. First time for me.

The Doctor is In, Hanauma Bay, 2/14/15. Found a hole in the coral with a lot of fish just cruising. Soon realized that a cleaner wrasse (yellow/blue) was working on the fish. Were they waiting patiently for their turn to get serviced?

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/16/15 03:01 PM

Tyler Juza, somewhere, 2/15/14. Big, short period swell, swirling winds, decent current. You had to really want it to even give it a shot. Tyler is never one to shy away from a challenge.



Jamie O'Brien and friend, Buffalo Big Board Surfing Classic at Makaha, 2/15/14. This is how you put rocker into your Supsquatch SUP board: gravity and sunlight. JOB and his crew have recently been going big with their new toy, originally conceived by Brian Keaulana.

Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/17/15 05:34 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge

Jamie O'Brien and friend, Buffalo Big Board Surfing Classic at Makaha, 2/15/14. This is how you put rocker into your Supsquatch SUP board: gravity and sunlight. JOB and his crew have recently been going big with their new toy, originally conceived by Brian Keaulana.





I had never heard of "Supsquatch", so I just googled it. Dem guys is crazy!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/15 04:56 AM

Drop-in, Pipeline, 2/16/15. Not terribly big, but the current made me work for the few photos I took. On this wave a bodyboarder contends with a friend on the shoulder.

Posted By: buttholesurfer

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/15 05:41 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
In the Turbine, Westside, 1/31/15. Feels so good being in this compact pocket of power.





That'z one of my favorites sponge, rockin beer


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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/15 04:43 PM

Thanks "bhs"!

Ta'ape (aka blueline snapper), Hanauma Bay, 2/14/15. Misnamed "perch" this fish frequents Hawaiian reefs.



Shorebreak Dismount, 2015 Buffalo's Big Board Surfing Classic, 2/15/15. High style points but scared me with thoughts of snapped ankles.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/20/15 03:41 AM

Charging the shorebreak, 2/15/15. Conditions were very testy with lots of water moving around. Heard it got even bigger after I left.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/21/15 02:53 PM

Gliding Honu, Hanauma Bay, 2/14/15. This pretty docile turtle allowed me to get into position ahead of him to get a better angle of his underwater flying.

Posted By: Hootski

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/22/15 04:58 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Weird Wave, P-Rock, 2/8/15. Waves are all unique but some more than others. This one was one-of-a-kind.



Bodysurfing dreams are made of this.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/22/15 03:47 PM

Ali'i Stance, Buffalo's Big Board Surfing Classic, 2/15/15. Your not going to see this "maneuver" in ASP/WSL events any time soon.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/23/15 02:14 PM

Fun ones at PL/BD, 2/16/15.

Posted By: Malarcus

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/23/15 02:23 PM

Sponge, isn't it, like, 3am your time or something? are you a baker?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/23/15 03:26 PM

A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker. ;-)
Posted By: Fuller

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/24/15 03:03 AM

Sponge is awesome x10. Thanks for sharing the goods.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/24/15 04:04 PM

Thanks Fuller and Malarcus. Back to fishies.

Nice colored uhu, Hanauma Bay, 2/14/15. I didn't realize there were so many varieties of uhu until I shot this day. So many color schemes. Don't know which one tastes the best.

Posted By: Barracuda

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/24/15 10:53 PM

as a spearfisher and overall diver i just love those fish pictures you took! hawaii must be amazing to dive on, where i live we dont have so many colors in the ocean
Posted By: kelly7873

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/25/15 01:54 PM

I think I'm more jealous of your fish shots them I am of your surf photos. I've tried quite a few times but I don't think I've ever taken a keeper. My Hoover book "Hawaii's Fishes" says there are seven species of Parrotfish in Hawaii but each one has a initial/female and a terminal/male phase. Even in the same species the patterns can be extremely variable and individuals of some species can change their color or pattern in seconds like a chameleon. My guess is that's a male Bullethead Parrotfish.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/25/15 04:50 PM

Just for you guys, here are a couple of other parrotfish shots. I was also amazed at the variety of uhu. Shot a few others, but the angle of the photos weren't flattering. I'm not much of a diver, but in less than an hour I scored a bunch of decent shots. My 100mm macro lens was awesome!



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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/26/15 04:20 PM

Brian, Pipe, 2/16/15. Having fun on a small day.

Posted By: Barracuda

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/26/15 11:17 PM

that booger had a really launch ramp waiting for him applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/27/15 04:35 PM

Flashback Friday. Dean Seppings, Pipeline, 1/8/97. Taken during the trials of the 1997 Morey Bodyboards World Championships, conditions were pretty much as good as I've ever seen it out there. Most trialists couldn't handle, but South Africa's Dean Seppings charged it. Taken with a Nikonos V film camera, 35mm lens, manual focus, manual exposure, manual film advance.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/28/15 04:13 PM

Getting into position, 2/15/15. Messy day, but there were a few "cleanish" ones.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/01/15 04:36 PM

Overcast x2, Sandy Beach, 2/28/15. Lots of cloud cover, small waves, and big crowd made for a junky session. Still manage to eke out a few images.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/02/15 02:32 PM

Hydraulic Brakes, Ehukai, 3/1/15. Small, onshore junk, so decided to shoot mostly underwater. This guy missed this wave, so was using his legs like a drogue shoot to slow down.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/04/15 05:00 PM

Forced Perspective, Sandy Beach, 2/28/15. No this isn't a huge wave about to take out a beachgoer. Maybe waist-high. Making the most of funky waves.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/05/15 04:11 PM

Turbulence, Ehukai, 3/1/15. Interesting things occur underwater. Looks like the outer fin causes turbulence while turning. This kind of makes sense because the "toe-in" placement of the outer fins (typically all fins point towards the nose) would cause most turbulence on the outer fin during a turn (in this case, left fin for a right turn). Although it causes drag, the surface area must also "project" the board into the turn. Anyone have insight? Another interesting thing of note is that this guy/girl did not have his leash fastened to his leg.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/07/15 12:34 AM

Calico, Hanauma Bay, 3/6/15. Junky surf island-wide, so swam the bay again. Refreshing.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/07/15 03:55 PM

Curious Puhi, Hanauma Bay, 3/6/15. I specifically was hoping to photograph an eel. Was fortunate to find this moray, befriending a damselfish.

Posted By: kelly7873

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/08/15 08:48 AM

Sorry but I have a need to correct the internet. That's a Kole or Goldring surgeonfish.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/08/15 01:05 PM

Yeah, I got the correction on Facebook. My bad.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/08/15 02:49 PM

On the sand, Sandy Beach, 3/7/15. Supercold and windy on this morning with overcast skies. Still there were lots of people standing in the shallows, shooting photos of the waves breaking on the sand. Junky photos, but it was nice being out in nature shooting with friends.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/08/15 04:15 PM

On the sand, Sandy Beach, 3/7/15. Supercold and windy on this morning with overcast skies. Still there were lots of people standing in the shallows, shooting photos of the waves breaking on the sand. Junky photos, but it was nice being out in nature shooting with friends.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/09/15 02:35 PM

Unknown, Half Point, 3/7/15. Every once in a while a dredger would come in that pitched nicely.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/10/15 04:33 PM

Polka dots, Hanauma Bay, 3/6/15. When you start looking hard at these fish, the colors and decor of these fish are pretty amazing.

Posted By: RemyXO

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/10/15 05:09 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Backlight Hook, Westside, 1/25/15. There were some serious moments.



Whoooooooooosh. Look heavy. Nice one!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/11/15 04:45 PM

That was a fun day. Got a really good shot I'll post later.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/11/15 04:46 PM

Touchdown, Sandy Beach, 3/7/15. Fun one on Saturday.

Posted By: Malarcus

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/11/15 05:16 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Polka dots, Hanauma Bay, 3/6/15. When you start looking hard at these fish, the colors and decor of these fish are pretty amazing.



Sick pic.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/12/15 05:19 PM

Papio, Hanauma Bay, 3/6/15. Love seeing these guys cruising the reefs. Kinda like a mahimahi in the water, they sometimes shimmer with radiant colors. I used to catch a lot of these guys back in the day on Kauai.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/13/15 04:31 PM

Gliding in the Clouds, Half Point, 3/7/15. When conditions get unruly up above, I sometimes check out the serenity below.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/14/15 02:56 PM

Some kind of palani, Hanauma Bay, 3/6/15. I am saddened to hear of the two drownings on 3/13/15 at Hanauma Bay in the Witches Brew area. I swam near that area, but felt uncomfortable with how the water was moving, even on a calm day. My condolences.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/16/15 04:16 PM

Before the Sun, Koa Wier, 3/14/15. We all made the most of conditions, with this spot becoming the place where everyone gravitated to.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/16/15 04:18 PM

Banzai Skate Park, Haleiwa, 2/15/15. After a marginal shoot out at Laniakea, went to check out the skate park. This bowl was so steep! Believe he was going into a 50-50 grind right over the steps.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/17/15 04:11 PM

Unknown, Laniakea, 3/15/15. Fun, but messy stuff out there.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/18/15 04:15 PM

Safety Stance, Laniakea, 3/15/15. Cloudy, messy, but still had some fun stuff out there.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/19/15 06:29 PM

Prelaunch Sequence, Peter Piho, Westside, 3/14/15. About to take to the air.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/20/15 03:55 PM

Dawn at Ehukai, 3/15/15.

Posted By: Barracuda

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/21/15 12:05 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Prelaunch Sequence, Peter Piho, Westside, 3/14/15. About to take to the air.

sick shot! any sequence on that?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/21/15 03:56 PM

Take Down, Westside, 3/14/15. When the surf is less than ideal, party waves and collisions can be fun.

Posted By: Q_Surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/21/15 07:09 PM

i keep staring at your pesca-pics above, dreaming of diving...

also that fin turbulence pic, dreaming of more than a few backside waves that got away from me while thrustering...

cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/22/15 06:50 PM

Natxo Gonzalez (Spain), Pipe Pro Jr contest, Pipeline, 3/21/15. Small, marginal conditions, but the kids were making the most of it. Natxo tagged a nice one in the first heat of the day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/23/15 03:48 PM

Koa Smith, Pipe Pro Jr, 3/21/15. Koa snagged a few tubelets during his first round heat.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/25/15 04:55 PM

Practice, before the Pipe Pro Jr, 3/21/15. Contestants snag a few waves just before the start of the event.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/28/15 09:52 PM

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You call? I am "Spacer 5". Also known by one boss as "Orbit".

Just sayin.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/29/15 12:03 AM

Originally Posted By: Hootski
Originally Posted By: sponge
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You call? I am "Spacer 5". Also known by one boss as "Orbit".

Just sayin.


Thought it was just "Hooter." :-)
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/30/15 04:51 PM

Photogenic Honu, North Shore, 3/28/15. This guy was comfortable around me, just nipping away at seaweed. Nice to cruise with nature rather than interfere with it.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/31/15 04:40 PM

Board Transfer, David Hubbard, Pipe, 3/29/15. He always cracks me up with his attitude. Here he is going from dropknee bodyboard to prone hardboard.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/01/15 03:11 PM

"Breathe, breathe in the air...", Mr. Honu, North Shore, 3/28/15.

Posted By: Malarcus

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/02/15 12:21 PM

I especially love your surf pics, Neal, but I especially love your wildlife photos.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/03/15 09:35 AM

Originally Posted By: Malarcus
I especially love your surf pics, Neal, but I especially love your wildlife photos.


Thanks. Surf has been uninspiring so I've been looking for some other opportunities to pass the time.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/03/15 04:51 PM

Messy Moment, towards OTW, 3/29/15. Conditions were pretty unruly the other day. Still, everyone made the most of it, myself included.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/04/15 03:41 PM

Bathing in the light, two honu forage for seaweed, 3/28/15. Water wasn't ideal, full of detritus. But even then, a few cool moments could be found.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/05/15 04:03 PM

Gregg Daniels, Sandy Beach, 4/4/15. Gregg sometimes gets out from behind the lens and goes in front, in this case in front of Aaron's cam.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/06/15 05:02 PM

Micah-Caleb Kalama, Sandy Beach, 4/5/15. Forgot my water housing, so decided to sponge it, then shoot with my GoPro. Fun doing different things. This is a couple from a sequence as rider passed me by. Note water clearing lens port.



Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/08/15 10:47 AM

DK in the Shorebreak, Sandy Beach, 4/4/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/09/15 02:14 PM

Down the Gullet, Sandy Beach, 4/5/15. GoPro shot of a sandy drainer looking more like an esophagus than a tube.

Posted By: Malarcus

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/09/15 03:16 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Gregg Daniels, Sandy Beach, 4/4/15. Gregg sometimes gets out from behind the lens and goes in front, in this case in front of Aaron's cam.



So, that hurt.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/09/15 04:37 PM

He bounced back up; no big 'ting.
Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/10/15 12:43 AM

I went to Oahu not long ago and went to Sandy Beach for the first time ever. Took out my GoPro, got a few shots but nothing like yours.

I now have mad respect for the Sandy's regulars.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/10/15 06:00 AM

Imho, the best photog out at Sandys is Ryan Beppu. He's a bit of a mysto-man, who avoids crowds. But he is a great friend and a pretty innovative shooter. Check out some of his Sandy Beach stuff here: http://beppuphoto.zenfolio.com/p891248411
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/10/15 03:14 PM

Cleanish one, Sandys, 4/5/15. Considering conditions, this was pretty clean.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/11/15 03:26 PM

Vibbed Sunrise, Sandy Beach, 4/10/15. Made the most of marginal conditions, both while shooting and in post-production. Tweaked out this shot, making it look tasty.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/12/15 02:21 PM

Smooth Slab, Sandy Beach, 4/11/15. Amidst the chaos of the choppy, windy, surf, there were moments (just a few) of perceived perfection. The reality was much different.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/13/15 04:22 PM

When I hear the word 'bodywhomping' this is what comes to mind, Sandy Beach, 4/12/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/14/15 07:49 AM

Sash flashing me at Sandy Beach, 4/10/15. Lucky timing.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/14/15 03:07 PM

Wet Sheet, Sandy Beach, 4/10/15. Backwash can be a beautiful thing.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/14/15 03:17 PM

Once every three months I get into town where I have enough bandwith to go through what I've missed. Better than ice cream in the desert. Your contributions are jam_on
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/15/15 04:42 PM

Thanks El Ogro!

View #1, Sandy Beach, 4/10/15, 6:17 AM



View #2, Sandy Beach, 4/10/15, 6:33 AM



Captured moments can change by the minute, even seconds.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/16/15 04:48 PM

In the Mist, Tyler Juza, Sandy Beach, 4/12/15. Look real careful and you might see Tyler driving behind the spit.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/17/15 03:41 PM

Two-Tone, Sandy Beach, 4/12/15. Yes, the colors are exaggerated, but it still is interesting how half of the wave looks blue and half looks green. Or is that an optical illusion like that white/gold blue/black dress?

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/18/15 03:14 PM

Tanner McDaniel, Pipeline, 4/17/15. Surf was on the decline on the North Shore, but there were still a few to be had. Firm trades and backwash made for lumpy surf at Pipe, with mostly cloudy conniptions. Didn't bother Tanner though, who cruised through this nice tube.

Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/18/15 04:27 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Wet Sheet, Sandy Beach, 4/10/15. Backwash can be a beautiful thing.



Thank you so much for your stock contributions! bowdown jam_on Top of the list of things I miss about Hawaii is Sandys.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/19/15 07:22 AM

Thanks. We've been getting some decent Sandys. Too bad the North Shore went to sleep a little earlier this season. How's this one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/19/15 02:59 PM

Funboarding OTW, 4/18/15. As my friend bodysurfer Rick stated, "better than flat."

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/20/15 04:47 PM

Morning Stretch, Sandy Beach, 4/19/15. One of those reach the arm out and hope for the best. Got lucky on this one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/21/15 03:24 PM

Mike Stewart, Pipeline, 4/17/15. Mike flew over from the Big Island to catch this country swell. Sorry I missed your air-forward, Mike!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/22/15 03:01 PM

Semi-round, OTW, 4/18/15. Sometimes a little burp in the pitch of the wave can give you a decent vision.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/23/15 03:28 PM

Messy Morning, Sandy Beach, 4/19/15. Taken the same day as the "Morning Stretch" shot (above), intended to show how different the perspective can look at any given moment.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/23/15 03:29 PM

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/23/15 03:30 PM

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Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/24/15 12:27 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Messy Morning, Sandy Beach, 4/19/15. Taken the same day as the "Morning Stretch" shot (above), intended to show how different the perspective can look at any given moment.



love that blue of the water where the foam has cleared.
Posted By: littlebee

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/24/15 07:04 AM

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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/25/15 03:40 AM

Thanks all!

Drilled, Pipe, 4/17/15. Yes, that is a waverider getting lipped hard in the trough.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/26/15 03:40 PM

Room with a View, Makapu'u, 4/25/15. Always nice to be parked inside a round one.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/26/15 03:58 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Backlight Hook, Westside, 1/25/15. There were some serious moments.


great shot!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/27/15 03:21 PM

Thanks barnod!

Stand-up action from Makapu'u, 4/26/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/28/15 01:54 PM

Shorebreak Launch, Makapu'u, 4/25/15. Although this is a no-surfboard zone, there is common acceptance of surfing when the lifeguard is off-duty. It can get a bit sketchy in the shorebreak, but most are mindful of others. This guy boosted after I took this image.



Makapu'u from above, 4/26/15.


Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/29/15 02:36 PM

Two-tone Doube-up, Makapu'u, 4/26/15. On the inside left corner on this day there was a pronounced sandbar, with waves refracting off the rocks, making for some brisk current and mean double-ups. Pretty sure this guy went over the falls.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/30/15 03:28 PM

Shorebreak Snap, Makapu'u, 4/25/15. Taking a stick all the way in can get sketchy here.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/01/15 01:23 PM

Reef Dance, Makapu'u, 4/26/15. I was sitting close to the rocks; this guy got even closer. Threading the needle at Maks.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/02/15 03:20 PM

Morning View, Sandy Beach, 5/1/15. Where was everyone? We literally had it all to ourselves. We weren't complaining though.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/02/15 03:31 PM

cookin
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/03/15 02:46 PM

Thanks barnod!

Green-Blue Cylinder, Sandy Beach, 5/2/15. Pretty closeout at crowded Sandys.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/04/15 02:22 PM

About to get Lipped, Westside, 5/3/15. Small surf island-wide and was tired of shooting Sandys, so I decided to try this out of the way reef. Got a few fun ones, including this one that smacked my camera.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/05/15 04:40 PM

Messy Morn, Sandy Beach, 5/1/15. Yeah it was a bit disorganized, but at least we had it to ourselves.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/06/15 03:30 PM

Sunny Garcia and Randy Rarick, newest inductees into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame, 5/5/15. So amusing that these two, who have had more than a few spats with each other, got this prestigious award at the same time. Congrats boys!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/07/15 03:17 PM

Ducking for Cover, Sandy Beach, 5/2/15. As the morning progresses, waves start turning a beatiful blue. Don't let the colors hypnotize you; still dangerous, especially when getting caught in the impact zone.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/08/15 03:07 PM

Mini-tube, Oahu, 5/3/15. Went hunting for barrels, and found a few round ones over a shallow shelf. My friends (David and Chris) got way better shots than me.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/15 03:43 PM

Two of a kind :-) Fred Hemmings and Randy Rarick, 5/5/15. Both former Triple Crown directors, and now both Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Will Randy continue to follow Fred's footsteps and now go into politics? Nah! Congrats boys!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/10/15 03:08 PM

Pod, Westside, 5/9/15. Color-enhanced image, but the magic of swimming with these beautiful creatures feels even more surreal.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/10/15 03:34 PM

what an awesome experience
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/12/15 04:09 AM

More dolphin, 5/9/15. Graceful creatures.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/14/15 12:17 PM

Plunging, Sandy Beach, 5/10/15. Far from ideal conditions, but there are always moments of perceived perfection. That's all it takes--one moment.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/15/15 11:23 AM

One Direction, 5/9/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/19/15 02:29 PM

On the Beach, Westside, 5/17/15. Waves were mostly ankle-knee high, lapping on the sand. Not much to shoot, but still enjoyed my time in the water.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/15 01:50 PM

Pitched Out, Sandy Beach, 5/16/15. Despite marginal conditions, this wall turned out silky. Colors were solid too.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/21/15 01:47 PM

Sail, Westside, 5/17/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/22/15 01:31 PM

Touchdown, Sandy Beach, 5/16/15. This is how it looks when you "backdoor" a tube section. Btw, love how the descending lip seems to be "gently" touching the wave trough; we know better.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/22/15 03:19 PM

very cool. cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/25/15 08:34 AM

Me, Sandy Beach, 5/16/15. Photo by Gavin Iwai.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/25/15 01:51 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Touchdown, Sandy Beach, 5/16/15. This is how it looks when you "backdoor" a tube section. Btw, love how the descending lip seems to be "gently" touching the wave trough; we know better.



Supurb -

wave2
Posted By: BaliIdiot

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/26/15 03:47 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge




That is enormously well organized and sorted out for Sandy Beach.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/26/15 05:11 PM

This day had amazing light, but horrible conditions. There were just a few moments of perceived perfection. But that is what we (photographers) do; capture those moments.

Here's what the morning looked like for the most part.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/26/15 05:12 PM

Derek, in the water, 5/25/15. Enjoying some surf on Memorial Day.

Posted By: donuts

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/26/15 05:18 PM

i can see why you didn't put your watermark on the lena d. picture. socrazy
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/27/15 04:05 PM

I have no idea what donuts is talking about.

Regathering at the bottom, 5/25/15. Going toe-side.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/28/15 04:36 PM

Where in the world is Neal Miyake? (at D-Spot)

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/28/15 04:51 PM

Originally Posted By: ElOgro
Originally Posted By: sponge
Touchdown, Sandy Beach, 5/16/15. This is how it looks when you "backdoor" a tube section. Btw, love how the descending lip seems to be "gently" touching the wave trough; we know better.



Supurb -

wave2

yeah, this one is stunning...
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/30/15 02:28 AM

Derek, Westside, 5/25/15. Taking the high road is essential at this spot with a shallow, sharp reef awaiting on the inside.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/31/15 12:43 AM

Bloom, Sandy Beach, 5/29/15. They don't call this place Sandy Beach for nothing. After the first wave, lots of sand gets kicked up in the water, which can make for some unique subsequent wave colorizing.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/07/15 07:45 AM

For the Cameras, Sandy Beach, 5/30/15. Sometimes the presence of cameras make you do things you wouldn't normally do. Such is our new world of being constantly in front of cameras.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/08/15 01:59 PM

Squared, Sandys, 5/31/15. Sometimes the lip does curious things as it descends into the trough.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/09/15 04:21 PM

View from below, Point Panic, 6/1/15. Though a bit murky (after all its Panics), still a neat shot. Check out how the water flows off each finger. Makes you think about hydrodynamics and ways to optimize drag.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/10/15 02:33 PM

Descending Lip, Sandy Beach, 5/29/15. Milliseconds before impact.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/10/15 02:45 PM

Very neat shot!
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/12/15 01:40 AM

Light at the End..., Sandy Beach, 5/30/15. Even on the messiest of days, there are moments of hollowness and lightness.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/13/15 04:08 PM

Jumping Glass, Sandy Beach, 6/12/15. Looks like a big double-up is about to drill me on the head. Reality is that the wave is so small, that other guy is about to hop over the wave.

Posted By: etmo

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/13/15 04:11 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Jumping Glass, Sandy Beach, 6/12/15. Looks like a big double-up is about to drill me on the head. Reality is that the wave is so small, that other guy is about to hop over the wave.



That is beautiful; great shot cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/13/15 04:13 PM

Drill Team Hawaii 2015 Dance Showcase, Pearl City Cultural Center, 6/12/15. Final pose of the opening number. One more performance tonight at 5 PM. Top-notch performance with heart. Daughter still dancing as an alumni.



Different kind of photography. In some ways similar to water surf photography, but mostly very different. This image is made up of three photos stitched together btw.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/14/15 03:56 PM

Messy Fun, Sandy Beach, 6/13/15. Not very good, but still fun.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/15/15 04:20 PM

Late Takeoff, Sandy Beach, 6/13/15. Not going know if you can make it unless you try.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/15/15 05:09 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Late Takeoff, Sandy Beach, 6/13/15. Not going know if you can make it unless you try.



Back breaker. drowning
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/17/15 03:19 PM

Glass, Sandys, 6/12/15. Yet another shiny tube.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/17/15 03:21 PM

My alt.surfing friend Ric had this very apropo saying: "Big whorls have little whorls that feed on their velocity, and little whorls have lesser whorls and so on to viscosity." (Thanks Ikaika Poki for the inspiration and guidance.)

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/15 03:28 PM

Backlit Pitch, Sandy Beach, 6/12/15. Small wave (note person on left), wide pitch, all with heavy backlighting from the morning sun. Yes, the early bird crew enjoy the little things.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/19/15 04:36 PM

Late Drop, Sandy Beach, 6/13/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/20/15 03:06 PM

Hydrodynamics, Sandy Beach, 6/12/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/22/15 12:35 AM

Sammy Morretino nabs a sick one at Ala Moana Bowls during the dropknee division of the opening event of the 2015 IBA Hawaii Tour. Event to run thru the weekend. The kids are stoked!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/23/15 04:48 PM

IBA Hawaii at Bowls, 6/21/15. Contest continued in slightly smaller surf. Still got some fun ones, along with some high performance.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/23/15 04:50 PM

Derek Ho, Ala Moana Bowls, 6/20/15. Hey, old guys still can rip. 50-year old Derek still gets shacked deep and often.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/15 04:00 PM

Mike Stewart, Ala Moana Bowls, 6/21/15. At 51, Mike is still awe-inspiring and competitive. Here he is threading through a nugget before the contest. He ended up getting third in the Men's division.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/25/15 03:41 PM

6' 2" meets 5' 0", Kainoa McGee, Bowls, 6/20/15. Mahalo to water patrol Kai (and Ronny-boy) for managing the lineup. Here's Uncle, riding his little chip of a board before the first heat.



"What's my name?"

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/25/15 03:42 PM

Sandy Beach, 6/20/15. Before the IBA contest, went to Sandys to warm up. It was chunky and messy while I was out, with very few takers.

Posted By: crustBro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/25/15 04:14 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Quote:
Aloha Neal Do you take requests? I've always wondered what your cameras and cases look like????
would you consider taking a 'self portrait' in a mirror?
Some time ago you posted several pictures and one was a surreal underwater taken shot of the spinning tube....
we loved it so much, someone started a thread to acknowledge a thanks for showing us how sexual the tube looks underwater..... I've searched for that those threads,no luck. I enjoyed out your website till I forgot what I was looking for....If you have some idea of the picture I'm talking about, do you sell them?
LOL or could you just post it again?
<img src="/forum/images/graemlins/wave2.gif" alt="" />


Thanks Dale. I use Essex waterhousings, not the Slant-X but the older model. Haven't ever taken a mirror shot but you can kind of see me and my camera in this amusing Stabmag article.

As for that image, I think you are thinking about my "Blue Cylinder" image from 2011.


If not, let me know.


Beautiful.

Looking forward to checking out all 22 pages of this thread!

:-)
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/15 10:25 PM

Deeper than I thought, 6/14/15. Hard to gauge depth until you get some reference. This guy went cruising on the bottom before resurfacing.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/27/15 10:55 PM

Selfie Smile, Sandy Beach, 6/26/15. Smile for your own camera.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/28/15 10:31 PM

Smooth Drink, Sandys, 6/27/15. Gotta be patient for those moments.

Posted By: Fuller

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/28/15 11:45 PM

Good stuff as always...
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/29/15 04:26 PM

Dark and Deep, Sandy Beach, 6/29/15. Not epic, but always fun in the water. Got stomped by a double-up, but had fun with friends.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/29/15 04:37 PM

Beautiful Neal! applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/30/15 04:20 PM

Thanks everyone.

Jamie O'Brien, Sandys, 6/26/15. Jamie and crew made a surprise visit, starting a whole new photo session. I poached a few shots.



Kalani Robb, Sandys, 6/26/15. I knew Kalani back when he was a grom. Had a solid pro career. Getting back in the water again. Haven't lost his touch, even when playing around with JOB.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/01/15 03:30 PM

Overexposed, Sandy Beach, 6/27/15. Had to pull back the exposure in post just to make it semi-useable, but it actually made the wave look somewhat surreal.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/01/15 03:50 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Thanks everyone.

Jamie O'Brien, Sandys, 6/26/15. Jamie and crew made a surprise visit, starting a whole new photo session. I poached a few shots.



Kalani Robb, Sandys, 6/26/15. I knew Kalani back when he was a grom. Had a solid pro career. Getting back in the water again. Haven't lost his touch, even when playing around with JOB.


Hah, I saw a couple clips from that on JOB's instagram and I was wondering if you were out that day! Nice!
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/02/15 02:46 PM

Thick One, Sandys, 6/28/15. Lip was close to the lens when this shot was taken. Also note photographer gliding inside the wave.

Posted By: Sintari

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/02/15 09:19 PM

Can we see some girls throwing tail on the knee??
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/03/15 03:20 PM

Makeable, Sandy Beach, 6/26/15. Most waves at Sandys are heavy closeouts, but this one looks like he could make it out. Not sure what happened afterwards.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/04/15 02:50 PM

Old Timer, Westside, 7/3/15. A couple of Hawaiian monk seals cruised by the other day. This one was one makule seal with aging skin and lots of tags. Smartly avoided human interaction.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/04/15 02:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Sintari
Can we see some girls throwing tail on the knee??


Just got this shot

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/04/15 03:01 PM

Quote:
Just got this shot


Nice shot. Now go get some mo!
Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/15 03:50 AM

I talked to, youcan'tbeserious, in the AM this morning 7 /4. He was at Sandy's when he called me and said he had seen you earlier. He touches down in Lihue in the AM, Sunday for a few days.

Cool photo of the wahine. Don't see too many doing drop knee.

You and Your Ohana have a safe 4th!! wave2
Posted By: buttholesurfer

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/15 08:40 AM

Unreal sponge!Great pic'z man!You have a great eye bradda! jam_on beer

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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/15 10:40 AM

Originally Posted By: ElOgro
Quote:
Just got this shot


Nice shot. Now go get some mo!


I have another one but couldn't find it. Will continue to look.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/15 10:44 AM

Originally Posted By: PPK96754
I talked to, youcan'tbeserious, in the AM this morning 7 /4. He was at Sandy's when he called me and said he had seen you earlier. He touches down in Lihue in the AM, Sunday for a few days.

Cool photo of the wahine. Don't see too many doing drop knee.

You and Your Ohana have a safe 4th!! wave2


Yup Peter. Saw him at Sandys. He's in good hands now.

Btw, my father not helping with the Kauai Museum; he's happy now.

Aloha!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/15 10:51 AM

Originally Posted By: buttholesurfer
Unreal sponge!Great pic'z man!You have a great eye bradda! jam_on beer

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Thanks. Trying to capture our special moments.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/15 02:35 PM

Tyler, Sandys, 7/4/15. Kind of a heavy day, not too conducive for shooting. Got lucky with a few, including this one that Tyler slid into.

Posted By: Q_Surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/15 06:28 PM

Originally Posted By: PPK96754
...Cool photo of the wahine. Don't see too many doing drop knee. ..


wahine @ honoli'i some years back was getting standup boogie barrels and cutties with so much steeze!

cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/06/15 02:45 PM

Backwash Fan, Sandy Beach, 7/5/15. Unruly day in the water looking for any semblance of order amongst the chaos.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/07/15 04:14 PM

Unknown, somewhere, 7/3/15. Making the most out of a marginal day.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/08/15 04:06 PM

City View, Point Panic, 7/4/15. On land, parking was hard to come by, especially with the impending fireworks show. In the water, the bodysurfers were parking in shacks like this, forgetting about all the terrestrial madness.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/09/15 04:18 PM

Bill, Panics, 7/5/15. Enjoying the body slide.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/10/15 03:06 PM

Close Encounters, Westside, 7/3/15. This image is full-frame, uncropped taken with a 15mm fisheye. All that means the surfer (or at least his hand) got really close to my camera.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/11/15 01:28 PM

Rare Gem, Sandy Beach, 7/10/15. Very messy early morning but a few smoothed out enough for decent shots. Got lucky on this one.

Posted By: CharmingSophisticate

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/11/15 01:43 PM

Remember a Surfer photo article, something like Bobby Owens, "art of tube riding" from way back? Popped into my head when I saw the backdrop and mysto-spot reference.(not asking for names, curious).
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/12/15 10:14 PM

Purple Rain, Sandy Beach, 7/11/15. Before the #PoundersRoundup, I went Sandys for the dawn's early light. Very very cloudy, then a burst of color just befor sunrise. Caught quite a few smooth waves, including this one. Absolutely tweaked out photo-art, but I don't care.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/13/15 04:10 AM

Tyler sequence, Sandy Beach, 7/11/15. Marginal conditions, but Tyler made the most of it.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/15/15 02:39 PM

Crooked Lip, Sandy Beach, 7/11/15. Imperfect but still beautiful.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/19/15 03:10 PM

Chris Simpson, Sandys, 7/4/15. A relook at 'tha Bat' in flight at 4 fps sequence.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/20/15 05:15 PM

Cruising at Sandys, 7/19/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/21/15 04:46 PM

Good beginning; bad ending. Unknown, 7/19/15. This kid charged some thick ones, but when you play sometimes you gotta pay.

Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/21/15 04:50 PM

Like the *new* look Neal ~ and *purple rain* is a stunning photo, Sir!

rockin
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/22/15 03:20 PM

Thanks Peter. Been tweaking images more in Photoshop. Fun, but time-consuming.

Covered Wahine, Marineland, 7/19/15. Small, clean ones in Town.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/23/15 03:48 PM

Unknown, Kewalos, 7/19/15. There's a soft spot just inside of here that backs off. Always used to screw me up. Never bother these guys though.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/24/15 02:27 PM

Walking on Water, Marineland, 7/19/15. Hanging five on a small one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/25/15 02:36 PM

Dive, dive! Sandy Beach, 7/19/15. Tyler ducks from a thick one while shooting the boys.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/27/15 04:53 PM

Two views of Point Panic

City View, Point Panic, 7/25/15. Best perspective to watch Honolulu wake up.


Keahi Parker, Point Panic, 7/26/15. Gliding during day 2 of the Pure Point Panic bodysurfing event.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/31/15 07:24 AM

Kaleo, Point Panic contest water patrol, 7/26/15. He scored a mean one right in front of contestants and gallery alike.

Posted By: buttholesurfer

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/31/15 08:07 AM

Outstanding Sponge!Thankx fo sharin man. cheers beer

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/01/15 03:11 PM

Square Peg, Round Hole; Sandy Beach; 6/27/15. Taken last month; I forgot to post this one. Golden sunrise at Sandys.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/02/15 03:18 PM

Tyler, Sandys, 8/1/15. Trust is important when shooting tight shorebreak. I like when riders just focus on their thing and I work around them. Here's Typer with a very close fly-by, fisheye perspective in full effect.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/03/15 04:38 PM

Photo Art, Sandys, 8/2/15. Totally tweaked out in post.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/04/15 03:15 PM

Tyler, Sandys, 8/1/15. Wet takeoff.



Big GoPro, Sandys, 8/2/15. Cruising in the barrel with an extra-large GoPro (due to perspective).

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/05/15 01:36 PM

Flaring Fan, Sandys, 8/2/15. Every once in a while the backwash hit just as the incoming wave pitched, creating a nice fan of water.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/06/15 04:40 PM

Aloha Means Goodbye, Tyler, Sandys, 8/1/15.

Posted By: ifallalot

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/06/15 04:55 PM

I wish I had the money to spend on more tats
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/07/15 02:52 PM

Lol ifallalot! Believe Tyler has tons.

Lining Up, Sandys, 8/2/15. Derek (808shooter) and Chris set up for a fun one.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/08/15 03:02 PM

Misleading, Sandys, 8/7/15. Conditions were so horrid that there were no other water photogs. For a long time only Gavin was out riding too. But there are always fleeting moments that make it look good.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/09/15 03:14 PM

David Hubbard, IBA Hawaii Sandy Beach 2015, 8/8/15. Dave launches an el rollo as I float by. with Jeff Hubbard and 2 others.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/10/15 04:39 PM

Isaiah Kamai, &#8234;IBA Hawaii Tour&#8236; Sandy Beach, 8/9/15

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/12/15 04:00 PM

Lip Clip, Sandys, 8/8/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/13/15 04:27 PM

Going to the Trough, Sandy Beach, 8/9/15. Mostly unremarkable image. What is compelling is the bottom trough of the wave, which seems to be sucking out below sea level. Not typical for Sandy Beach. I think it happened because this was the second of two back-to-back waves. Trippy.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/14/15 03:19 PM

Elbow Tuck, Mark Balasbas, Sandys, 8/9/15. OK boys and girls, to help avoid that pesky inner rail splash, make sure you keep your elbow and arm tucked in. Mark demonstrates his stylish method of keeping it clean.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/14/15 08:59 PM

He looks bone dry from the knees up.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/16/15 02:09 AM

Casey Simmons, Sandys, 8/14/15. Casey nabbed one and went right over me. Snapped just before. Don't break trim for me; my job to get out of the way.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/16/15 02:53 PM

Just another barrel, Sandys, 8/15/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/17/15 03:14 PM

Quarter Pipe, Sandys, 8/14/15. Pre-dawn, pre-pitch.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/18/15 12:01 AM

sick one!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/18/15 03:25 PM

Thanks barnod!

Quiet Intensity, Damon, Sandys, 8/15/15. Really enjoy sharing the lineup with him. Very relaxed style and good attitude. Glad he is back.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/19/15 04:16 PM

Claws, Sandy Beach, 8/2/15. Vortices are cool. Need to take better photos of them.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/20/15 05:33 PM

Technicolor Tube, Sandys, 8/15/15. Oversaturated, overtinted, overboard post-production.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/21/15 02:43 PM

Shorebreak Special, Sandys, 8/7/15. If broke, bring em back Costco.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/23/15 01:12 PM

Tilemaster, Westside, 8/16/15. No waves; no critters. So shot some mini underwater sand dunes with sunlight dancing over them. Reminescent of those old background tiles we used to use to spiffy up our web pages. Best depicted mood: serenity.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/23/15 01:13 PM

Kamuela Alesna, Sandy Beach, 8/21/15. Small wave; big smile; good fun. Sent this to Hagi at KGMB that day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/25/15 01:14 PM

Standing Takeoff, Sandy Beach, 8/21/15. I don't know if the term is accurate, but this is what I call bodywhomping.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/26/15 01:46 PM

Backlit Barrel, Sandy Beach, 8/21/15. After dawn the sun reaches a critical height where the sunrise colors wash out. Still can get a backlit shot once on a while though.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/27/15 03:28 PM

Throwback Thursday (aka From the Archives), Will Skudin, Pipeline, way back on 12/24/2006. Pipe was going off that Christmas Eve nine years ago. Most dramatic ride was that of New York's Will Skudin. Looked like he had a good entry into the wave, but just as he was bottom-turning, he hit some foam from the previous wave. Sketched out, straightened out, then totally ragdolled out. One shot in the sequence ran in a few mag ads, but I never got paid.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/27/15 03:42 PM

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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/28/15 01:53 PM

Thanks Boneroni. Sometimes I'm not sure if anyone checks my photos out. I some others do and I'm appreciative.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/28/15 01:56 PM

Textures, Sandys, 8/2/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/29/15 03:35 PM

Dive, Dive, Dive! Sandy Beach, 8/21/15. Was shooting bodyboarders at Gas Chambers nearby this wader. She seemed fairly comfortable in the impact zone. However, on this wave, it seems she wasn't quite prepared. After this wave passed by, she ended up 20 feet behind me. Play with fire...

Posted By: ifallalot

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/29/15 03:41 PM

Man I want to go bodysurf in good waves like that
Posted By: obslop

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/29/15 03:57 PM

Originally Posted By: ifallalot
Man I want to go bodysurf in good waves like that


best bodysurfing spot in the world. thanks for the pics!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/29/15 04:44 PM

Originally Posted By: obslop
Originally Posted By: ifallalot
Man I want to go bodysurf in good waves like that


best bodysurfing spot in the world. thanks for the pics!


Thanks guys. Bonus shot:

Shane Grace; Gas Chambers, Sandy Beach; 4/12/15.
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/01/15 04:54 PM

Sandys, 8/21/15. Just another plunging curler.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/01/15 05:19 PM

...never missing a chance to click on your thread, given the stock.
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/03/15 04:09 PM

Just another barrel at Sandys, 8/21/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/15 03:08 PM

Chris Simpson, Sandy Beach, 9/5/15. I was working my way into the corner at Gas Chambers when this set came through, shifting wide to the east. Chris and I lined up and he scored a mean one. I remember seeing an east hook swing in on my periphery, so I ducked into the wave right around this same moment.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/07/15 02:14 PM

Sheet Glass, Sandy Beach, 9/4/15. Especially on small backwashes, you can sometimes get very clear water.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/08/15 02:05 PM

Blurred Vision, Sandy Beach, 9/7/15. Do I wish this shot was tack sharp without the splashies? Of course! But this image is an actual representation of the realities and challenges of shooting in the water. Dive, dive, dive!

Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/08/15 02:14 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Chris Simpson, Sandy Beach, 9/5/15. I was working my way into the corner at Gas Chambers when this set came through, shifting wide to the east. Chris and I lined up and he scored a mean one. I remember seeing an east hook swing in on my periphery, so I ducked into the wave right around this same moment.



bowdown Keep the stock coming. Love this shot!
Posted By: Pissbiscuit

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/08/15 02:17 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
David Hubbard, IBA Hawaii Sandy Beach 2015, 8/8/15. Dave launches an el rollo as I float by. with Jeff Hubbard and 2 others.



Not a Dubb ARS? Looks like he's already into the spin. I thought Dubb only did straight rolls DK?

Always enjoy the posts!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/08/15 03:12 PM

Originally Posted By: Pissbiscuit
...Not a Dubb ARS? Looks like he's already into the spin. I thought Dubb only did straight rolls DK?

Always enjoy the posts!!


Thanks for the kind words.

ARS maybe. I was frustrated for being slightly out of position for this shot. However...

...what I may not have mentioned was the rip at Half Point was ridiculous that day. I jumped in on the Full Point side of Half Point, floated through the break, trying to maintain position (to no avail), then swam back in at Pipe Littles. Did that like eight or nine times that day, before quitting from exhaustion.

Dubb heat shot taken during one of my laps, just before Dubb's roll/ARS.


Aloha!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/08/15 03:22 PM

Originally Posted By: HarryLopez
Originally Posted By: sponge
Chris Simpson, Sandy Beach, 9/5/15. I was working my way into the corner at Gas Chambers when this set came through, shifting wide to the east. Chris and I lined up and he scored a mean one. I remember seeing an east hook swing in on my periphery, so I ducked into the wave right around this same moment.



bowdown Keep the stock coming. Love this shot!


Thanks! Here's the "shot before the shot".

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/09/15 05:00 PM

Impending Rain, Sandy Beach, 9/4/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/09/15 05:27 PM

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Posted By: Joshua2415

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/09/15 05:34 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Thanks Boneroni. Sometimes I'm not sure if anyone checks my photos out. I some others do and I'm appreciative.


Always! Thank you for the stock you bring to the erbb! cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/10/15 03:24 PM

Wall Green, Sandy Beach, 9/5/15. Yet another Technicolor moment just after dawn on east Oahu.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/12/15 03:30 PM

Who dat? Sandy Beach, 9/7/15. Shot in the water little bit, did some searching, then came back and took a few from land including this one. Looked pretty solid from the beach.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/13/15 02:45 PM

Not Bad, Sandys, 9/12/15. Conditions looked terrible from the shore. In fact there were only four of us in the water at dawn which is a rarity nowadays. But there were some smooth, picturesque moments that made it satisfying.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/13/15 02:50 PM

Long Perspective, somewhere out west, 9/6/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/14/15 03:28 PM

Just One, Sandys, 9/13/15. Best shot of the morning.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/15/15 02:58 PM

Framed Silhouette, Sandys, 9/12/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/16/15 03:33 PM

Small omilu, Hanauma Bay, 9/12/15. At times this guy seemed to glow blue. Wonder if that is like a mahimahi which changes color with emotions?

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/17/15 05:11 PM

Tyler, Sandys, 9/13/15. Have despite the conditions.

Posted By: 92122

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/17/15 05:40 PM

Someone got even better waves than I did on my birthday. heh heh cool The fish above is a great shot too. fish

Originally Posted By: sponge
Long Perspective, somewhere out west, 9/6/15.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/18/15 02:48 PM

Mocha Latte with Whip, Sandys, 9/12/15. It's not all "Crystal Blue Persuasion." Waves come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/18/15 02:52 PM

Thanks 92122. Here's another fish-foto:

Cleaner wrasse servicing an uhu, Hanauma Bay 9/12/15.

Posted By: SrPato

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/18/15 04:38 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Thanks 92122. Here's another fish-foto:

Cleaner wrasse servicing an uhu, Hanauma Bay 9/12/15.



It looks like the wrasse is tickling the uhu and it's laughing. grin2 Great shot Neal!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/19/15 02:48 PM

Lol SrPato! Very true. I must say all the fish being serviced seemed to be stoked to get cleaned.

Stray Cetaceans, makai, 9/18/15. Swam for over an hour and didn't see the big pod that many friends have been shooting. However, I did chance upon some strays cruising far offshore. Always always soothing to hear them sounding and communicating.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/20/15 03:29 PM

Backlit, Sandys, 9/13/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/21/15 04:09 PM

First Two Waves, Sandys, 9/20/15. My first two waves of the morning were promising. Conditions deteriorated rapidly soon after though.

Looked left towards the sunrise and this threw over me


Less than a minute later this guy scored a drainer to my right
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/15 03:14 PM

Trio, makai, 9/19/15. These guy came right at me, then veered to the right and under me. So stoked to cruise with them.



And here I am shooting these three beautiful creatures. Photo courtesy Josh Moepono.

Posted By: 92122

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/15 07:33 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Hanauma Bay.


The only time I tried to go there I found out the hard way that they are closed to the public on Tuesdays. banghead

http://www.hanaumabaystatepark.com/
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/23/15 04:18 PM

Omilu, Hanauma Bay, 9/12/15. This guy turned iridescent while I was shooting him, just like a mahimahi.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/24/15 03:22 PM

Typical, Sandys, 9/20/15. A typical wave at Sandy Beach is a closeout slab where lots of people are partaking. I submit this for your consideration. Used wider aspect ration to catch more of the action.

Posted By: MJOJunkie

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/24/15 03:57 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Omilu, Hanauma Bay, 9/12/15. This guy turned iridescent while I was shooting him, just like a mahimahi.



This is beautiful.

I just made it my background.

Neil, can I purchase a print like this to have it framed. Your work is fabulous.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/24/15 04:25 PM

Originally Posted By: MJOJunkie
...Neil, can I purchase a print like this to have it framed. Your work is fabulous.


Yes, but admittedly many photos don't blow up well. When I saw this on a 55" monitor, I really noticed all the detritus floating around in the water. I tried editing the big ones out, especially on the omilu, but you can only do so much.

PM me.
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/25/15 05:08 PM

Pod Racers, makai, 9/19/15. Love watching them play together.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/26/15 04:15 PM

Double-up, Sandys, 9/20/15. Slightly soft photo but gives a good sense for the type of waves typically taken off on in the shorebreak.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/27/15 03:20 PM

Chris Simpson, Sandys, 9/26/15. Mixing it up with a helmet cam.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/27/15 03:28 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Double-up, Sandys, 9/20/15. Slightly soft photo but gives a good sense for the type of waves typically taken off on in the shorebreak.


jam_on

love the excitement i feel when a nice double-up pushes through the lineup!
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/28/15 03:24 PM

Kamuela, Sandys, 9/27/15. In deep at Chambers.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/29/15 02:11 PM

Tyler, Sandys, 9/26/15. Fun DK action on Saturday.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/30/15 03:12 PM

"Eh no drop in on me you fakahs!" Drake Hawelu, Sandy Beach, 4/26/15. Braddah Drake hamming it up in the shorebreak. He's probably hassling Simpson.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/01/15 04:02 PM

Oama and Omilu, Hanauma Bay, 9/12/15. Never thought omilu/papio were bottom feeders. Maybe this guy is a hanai brother to these oama, and is learning eating habits from them.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/02/15 01:31 PM

High Light, Sandys, 9/26/15. Once the sun gets higher in the sky lighting changes dramatically.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/02/15 01:34 PM

Playtime, Makai, 9/19/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/03/15 07:57 PM

"I can make it!" Sandy Beach, 9/27/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/05/15 12:56 AM

Over the Falls, Sandys, 10/3/15. This alone was worth the price of admission. Kid was OK. Would love to see Gavin's perspective.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/05/15 03:16 PM

Opening Swell, Laniakea, 10/4/15. Chose not to go out at the peak of the swell but a day later. It was a good way to ease into the bigger waves of winter: declining swell, wide NNE swell angle, mild current, fairly clean conditions, not top-to-bottom. Hello winter!

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/06/15 02:32 PM

Last Wave, Sandys, 10/3/15. Solid NE swell probably contributed to the funky conditions. Waves had short periods and were literally breaking on the shore at times. Got sucked over after taking this one, getting a jolting slam and an unwanted nasal spray all the way to the inner ear. Time to go in.

Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/06/15 04:54 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Opening Swell, Laniakea, 10/4/15. Chose not to go out at the peak of the swell but a day later. It was a good way to ease into the bigger waves of winter: declining swell, wide NNE swell angle, mild current, fairly clean conditions, not top-to-bottom. Hello winter!



Lani's, is such an incredible wave to surf. Looking back at the equipment that was used in the earlier periods of surfing there, I truly can't believe that we were all so lucky to have made the waves that we did then. Longboards or Gun's. There was no other choice.

Mahalo plenty, Neal. Stay safe out there!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/07/15 02:58 PM

Thanks Peter for the kind words. Would love to have seen some of the boards you guys rode out there. I've had some fun with old boards, including a 1963 Bing and a 1973 Brewer gun. Actually took the Brewer out to Lanis once before the leash broke and it went into the reef!

On the Precipice, Laniakea, 10/4/15. Jealous-surfer-on-the-shoulder view of another surfer about to take the elevator drop and speed run.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/08/15 03:04 PM

Tatsumi Aoyama, Sandy Beach, 10/3/15. The fisheye view of an oncoming wave.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/09/15 01:21 PM

Peak Twin, Laniakea, 10/4/15. Gets competitive out there as everyone wants to get their share.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/10/15 03:45 PM

Green Lava, Sandys, 10/3/15. Boiling and roiling on the shoreline.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/11/15 02:39 PM

Lost Focus, Derek Miyashiro, Insanities, 10/10/15. For some reason my 15mm lens lost autofocus capabilitiy and I didn't realize it during the entire session. Shucks. At least the surfers were having fun, including Derek on a (Blackball) Beater board.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/13/15 04:06 PM

Brandin Kepa, North Shore, 10/11/15. Just a few minutes after swimming out, as the sun peeked through the clouds, I was fortunate to capture Brandin dropkneeing a sick, bowling right. Would love to see his perspective from his GoPro mouth-mount.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/14/15 02:50 PM

Wavelet, Sandys, 10/12/15. Conditions were horrible in the early morning but when I go out, I hope to get just one (at least) decent image. This was it. Pulled up shop then went to Hanauma to get more exercise.



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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/15/15 12:18 PM

Elmar Acorda, NS, 10/11/15. Took a near free-fall drop, landed right in the hook, then nailed the bottom turn.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/16/15 05:41 PM

10/11/15. Micah has a certain style and flair when riding on the knee that is compelling. Don't even know if he knows it, but many times he unweights the rail, drift up the face in a bolt upright dropknee stance. This allows for maximum potential energy when he drops down, sets rail, and converts that energy into velocity. Here he is getting nearly all his board out of the water on the ensuing turn, the aftermath of leveraging physics (sorry, I'm an engineer).

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/17/15 03:32 PM

Smooth Operator, OTW, 10/16/15. Moment of glass during a mostly marginal session. Always worth the swim.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/19/15 04:17 PM

Unconventional shot, North Shore, 10/17/15. For some reason I think this shot is pretty neat. I like the two lumps of water: one behind him on the right and a small berm of his down on the left.



Btw, shot with my 100mm macro lens. Cropped in post of course.
Posted By: 92122

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/19/15 05:26 PM

The DK scene is alive and well in Hawaii. Some of those guys rip, and are fun to watch, even if I have no desire to learn it. I'll stick with standing up or prone thank you.

Nice shot. I'd say drop knee is every bit as hard as stand up surfing if not more.

Originally Posted By: sponge
10/11/15. Micah has a certain style and flair when riding on the knee that is compelling. Don't even know if he knows it, but many times he unweights the rail, drift up the face in a bolt upright dropknee stance. This allows for maximum potential energy when he drops down, sets rail, and converts that energy into velocity. Here he is getting nearly all his board out of the water on the ensuing turn, the aftermath of leveraging physics (sorry, I'm an engineer).

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/21/15 12:42 PM

Agreed 92122. The kids are pushing DK riding more and more. I never got into it but always respected the art. Here are a few more:

Tyler Juza


Micah McMullin
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/21/15 12:44 PM

Even gray days have their moments, small OTW, 10/16/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/22/15 08:02 PM

Speckled Turn, North Shore, 10/17/15. Smooth wave, but the wake has a trippy speckled texture like rain.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/24/15 03:58 PM

Party Wave, Ala Moana Bowls, 10/23/15. Inconsistent, but when they came the surf was fun on the South Shore. Two bodyboarders share the moment on a mid-morning backlit beaut.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/25/15 03:51 PM

Jason, Panics, 10/24/15. Still had some fun ones at Point Panic. Jason scorng a long runner.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/26/15 04:31 PM

On a Wing and a Prayer, Tyler Juza, Sandy Beach, 10/25/15. At Sandys you just gotta go with full commitment. Sometimes it doesn't work out though. Here's Tyler going all in.

Posted By: 92122

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/26/15 07:42 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
On a Wing and a Prayer, Tyler Juza, Sandy Beach, 10/25/15. At Sandys you just gotta go with full commitment. Sometimes it doesn't work out though. Here's Tyler going all in.


Yep... Some guys make it look really good for a moment, and then get completely obliterated. roflmao
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/26/15 08:06 PM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Originally Posted By: sponge
On a Wing and a Prayer, Tyler Juza, Sandy Beach, 10/25/15. At Sandys you just gotta go with full commitment. Sometimes it doesn't work out though. Here's Tyler going all in.


Yep... Some guys make it look really good for a moment, and then get completely obliterated. roflmao


He got wasted.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/27/15 01:47 PM

acklit Backside Bowls, Unknown, Bowls, 10/24/15. Fun one on the South Side.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/27/15 04:08 PM

Aloha oe Mana, Makaha, 10/24/15. #FeelTheMana

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/15 01:36 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
acklit Backside Bowls, Unknown, Bowls, 10/24/15. Fun one on the South Side.



Gregg Nakamura
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/15 08:31 AM

Thanks teeroi! Got confirmation by the engineer himself.
Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/15 01:13 PM

Yeah Neal, I screen shot your pic and sent it to my FS group which Gregg is a part of. My caption was " is this Mr. Sunset....err Freesurf again. Jeannie's reply was what Neo doesn't know Gregg, I'll introduce you two.

Gregg's reply looks like John John. My reply nah JJF would be standing tall in that pit. Gregg answered what I said hi to Neal that morning. Gregg's been a bit of a photo slut lately so he makes sure he talks up all the photogs. Hahaha
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/15 03:17 PM

Originally Posted By: teeroi
Yeah Neal, I screen shot your pic and sent it to my FS group which Gregg is a part of. My caption was " is this Mr. Sunset....err Freesurf again. Jeannie's reply was what Neo doesn't know Gregg, I'll introduce you two.

Gregg's reply looks like John John. My reply nah JJF would be standing tall in that pit. Gregg answered what I said hi to Neal that morning. Gregg's been a bit of a photo slut lately so he makes sure he talks up all the photogs. Hahaha


Lol! I do remember him making eye contact with me.

Think this is Gregg at the HIC Pro at Sunset in 2012
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/28/15 03:18 PM

Green Nugget, Jason Kapua, Sandy Beach, 10/25/15. Even small waves can turn out sweet.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/29/15 03:01 PM

Kaleo, Point Panic, 10/24/15. Kaleo always catches the bomb sets. it has been a solid late summer season.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/30/15 02:46 PM

Retrospect of that last south swell, Bowls, 10/23/15. Fun stuff that day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/31/15 03:47 PM

Keali'i, Westside, 10/30/15. Wheee!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/01/15 03:24 PM

Late Takeoff, Unknown, Pipeline, 10/31/15. Do you think he made it?

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/02/15 12:28 PM

Negotiating the Barrel, Pipeline, 11/1/15. Still some decent ones on Sunday. This guy sketched on his takeoff and had to do some hand-jive action to make the wave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/03/15 01:38 PM

Green Glass, SVs, 10/30/15. Take off, if you dare.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/03/15 04:56 PM

yes, i think he made that pipe drop!

Originally Posted By: sponge
Green Glass, SVs, 10/30/15. Take off, if you dare.


the anticipation!!! cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/15 03:52 PM

The wave you replied to is not Pipeline/Backdoor. And this was a closeout btw. The other Pipe was was also not completed.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/15 03:53 PM

The Joker visits the Batcave on Halloween; Pipeline; 10/31/15. This guy scored a throaty one. And to think it was way bigger the day before...

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/15 03:58 PM

sorry, my first statement was referring to pipe and that airdrop. I see dave hubbard paddling over the shoulder... think this is one from that day!

A video posted by Ryan Moss (@ryan.moss) on




Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/15 03:59 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
The Joker visits the Batcave on Halloween; Pipeline; 10/31/15. This guy scored a throaty one. And to think it was way bigger the day before...


Mikey O'Shaughnessy!

thanks for sharing the stock, sponge!!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/15 06:56 PM

Thanks! Also got his name from social media sources. Amazing how this world is becoming way less anonymous.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/15 07:13 PM

Bringing back an old image, does anyone recognize this guy? Pipeline, 3/30/2013.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/15 07:21 PM

Originally Posted By: barnod
sorry, my first statement was referring to pipe and that airdrop. I see dave hubbard paddling over the shoulder... think this is one from that day!...


That video was probably from Friday 3/30/15. My shot was on the next day, much smaller with David Hubbard once again charging.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/05/15 02:54 PM

Kai Mana Henry, Pipeline, 11/1/15. Power vs. power.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/06/15 09:13 PM

Dark Thickie, Somewhere, 10/30/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/08/15 01:26 PM

Grinder, Seth Moniz, Pipeline, 10/31/15. There's lots of power that is unleashed when a wave breaks.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/08/15 03:21 PM

Compare above photo of Seth Moniz to this one taken in 2012.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/09/15 01:36 PM

Backdoor was firing too, 11/1/15. I didn't have the gumption to shoot from that side just yet.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/09/15 01:38 PM

Keith Senas, Pipeline, 11/1/15. On a fun on kana nalu style.

Posted By: gui

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/09/15 01:51 PM

Nice pics sponge jam_on
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/10/15 02:54 PM

Wet Descent, 10/30/15. Moments before impact.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/10/15 03:01 PM

Congratulations to South Africa's Jared Houston for winning the APB 2015 Mens World Bodyboarding Tour. This shot was taken way back in 2011, but is one of my favorites.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/11/15 01:50 PM

Moment of Truth, Pipeline, 10/31/15. Got the wave, stood up; now make the drop and make the barrel, avoiding all the other surfers along the way.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/12/15 01:10 PM

Smooth Moment, Sandy Beach, 11/11/15. Despite the windy, chaotic windswell surf, there were moments of glassiness. Here's one of them. Think Guy Hagi may have used it on his broadcast.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/13/15 02:12 PM

Thickness, Sandy Beach, 11/11/15. Nuff said.

Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/14/15 04:04 AM

Congratulations, are in order .... applause2

Guy Hagi posted one of your photo's on Hawaii News Now on the 6:00 report this evening. 11/13 / 2015
(not that it hasn't happened before wink2)

jam_on
Posted By: Hump

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/14/15 06:59 AM

Stocked for Neal and props to PPK for mentioning it.


Here's a couple of recent pics from Haida Gwaii (ex Queen Charlottes) not far from where Sponge surfed when he visited there. He was on the other side of Tow Hill, that hill in the background of the first pic, and this is where I saw some really good surf in 1974, when I kooked out in front of too many people. LOL

I've shared that before and there was no rainbow for me that day, just humiliation.








Take care.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/14/15 03:24 PM

Thanks PPK and Hump.

Wow! Haida Gwaii! What a treat. Here is my trip report from 1996 to Masset, Canada

Btw, this is the pic my old friend Hagi put up last night.

Azure Folds, Sandy Beach, 11/13/15. Grumpy and chunky with some unsettled water action. Still had its moments though. Think Guy Hagi broadcast this one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/16/15 03:40 PM

Yeah You! Marcus Biju, Sandy Beach, 11/14/15. Shot from shore with my 100mm lens, heavily cropped and tweaked in post. Marcus is about to touchdown hard.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/17/15 01:00 PM

Last Wave, Sandy Beach, 11/15/15. After Leon got injured, I jumped in for a little while more. Got Chris catching his last wave before losing his camera, Then got this backlit grinder. Immediately decided that I had had enough and swam in.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/18/15 03:10 PM

Silver Lip, Sandy Beach, 11/11/15. Windy day, but the barrels were many times still smooth as silk.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/19/15 02:44 PM

Frothy Tube, Sandy Beach, 11/13/15. The latter waves in a set can be capped with whitewater, not unlike a good latte.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/20/15 04:44 PM

Green Hornet, unknown (possibly Gavin Iwai), Sandy Beach, 11/14/15. Someone nabbed a thick one going left just after dawn.

Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/20/15 08:01 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Frothy Tube, Sandy Beach, 11/13/15. The latter waves in a set can be capped with whitewater, not unlike a good latte.



rockin Epic shot. Really captures the hollowness. Best beach ever. bowdown
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/21/15 01:56 PM

Thanks HL!

Backlit, Sandys, 11/15/15. From the last sequence of the morning.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/22/15 04:42 PM

Disaster waiting to happen, Sandy Beach, 11/15/15. When I saw this guy entering the water with cheap fins and an aloha shirt, I was like, "Oh no!" However, he surprised the hell out of me with a very competent style. Can't judge a book...

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/23/15 04:14 PM

Slow Turn, unknown, mini-Backdoor, 11/22/15. With my primary camera out of comission, I went out to small North Shore with my old GoPro Hero 3. Caught this guy having fun riding a bigger-than-needed board.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/24/15 04:55 PM

Josh Sumait, OTW, 11/22/15. Taken with my old GoPro Hero 3. Small but fun waves that day. Josh was ripping. Tried for that "under the board" angle.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/25/15 02:51 PM

And now for something different...

Was introduced to the Facebook Nature Photo Challenge. For the past seven days I've been posting various images, and would also like to share them here:

To kick my challnge off, I'd like to begin with a typical dawn at Sandy Beach just prior to entering the water for a morning shoot. Always filled with anticipation and in awe with the wonders of nature.


For Day 2, I'd like to look back to May 2015, going underwater near the Sacred Valley. It was here were a couple of dolphins frolicked in the deep.


For Day 3, here's a little rivulet on the Westside creating some neat textures in the sand.


For Day 4, I went back to an old favorite of mine, entitled Honu and Halalu. In 2011 I went to Waimea Bay to shoot some critters. Lucked into this austere but friendly turtle on the other side of Jump Rock. When I looked at the pics in post, I noticed that there was a school of halalu vusible in the background on this image. Lucky shot.


For Day 5, here's a small school of weke (not oama), taken this year at Hanauma Bay. From a fisherman's perspective, watching fish underwater gave me a great appreciation for habitat and mannerisms. Wonder if I can catch more fish now? Taken with my very sharp 100mm macro lens.


For Day 6, here's one of my test photos taken on a Sony A7RII. Lots of new lizards seem to be roaming the island, including this red-throated one. Cool textures, but wifey hates lizards!


One more...
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/25/15 03:05 PM

Is there a six-image limit per post?

For Day 7, Started this nature challenge with a sunrise; ending it with a sunset. Aulani, 2013, postcard perfect. Aloha!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/26/15 04:27 PM

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/26/15 05:15 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
And now for something different...

Was introduced to the Facebook Nature Photo Challenge. For the past seven days I've been posting various images, and would also like to share them here:

To kick my challnge off, I'd like to begin with a typical dawn at Sandy Beach just prior to entering the water for a morning shoot. Always filled with anticipation and in awe with the wonders of nature.


For Day 2, I'd like to look back to May 2015, going underwater near the Sacred Valley. It was here were a couple of dolphins frolicked in the deep.


For Day 3, here's a little rivulet on the Westside creating some neat textures in the sand.


For Day 4, I went back to an old favorite of mine, entitled Honu and Halalu. In 2011 I went to Waimea Bay to shoot some critters. Lucked into this austere but friendly turtle on the other side of Jump Rock. When I looked at the pics in post, I noticed that there was a school of halalu vusible in the background on this image. Lucky shot.


For Day 5, here's a small school of weke (not oama), taken this year at Hanauma Bay. From a fisherman's perspective, watching fish underwater gave me a great appreciation for habitat and mannerisms. Wonder if I can catch more fish now? Taken with my very sharp 100mm macro lens.


For Day 6, here's one of my test photos taken on a Sony A7RII. Lots of new lizards seem to be roaming the island, including this red-throated one. Cool textures, but wifey hates lizards!


One more...


Nice. As always, thanks for sharing. cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/28/15 03:44 PM

Thanks Big_Ups!

Backdoor Barrel, 11/22/15. Fun one from a while back, taken with my GoPro.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/29/15 01:15 PM

Laying down tracks, OTW, 11/22/15. Love seeing the dynamics from below. Another GoPro shot.

Posted By: MJOJunkie

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/29/15 09:50 PM

Most excellent applause
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/30/15 02:00 PM

Back to Halloween, OTW, 10/31/15. About to spit hard.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/01/15 02:03 PM

Going Right, OTW, 11/22/15. Shot with my GoPro.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/02/15 05:19 PM

Back to Halloween again, unknown, Pipeline, 10/31/15. On the radio I heard the surf report was 5-7 feet at Pipe.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/03/15 04:58 PM

If you come to Hawaii, don't do this, Pipeline, 10/31/15. He was given a few words afterwards.

Posted By: rts265

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/03/15 06:28 PM

yowza. tell us more? shrug

great pics.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/03/15 07:29 PM

That guy burned the local surfer bad. Ended up in the soup together. Local did not get violent; in fact my friend said they shook hands. But he was told to get out of the lineup, and he did not (not for a while anyway). Don't think he caught any waves afterwards though.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/06/15 02:09 PM

Back to Halloween, unknown, Pipeline, 10/31/15. DKing Pipe, but would you go right on Backdoor?

Posted By: LiquidFoundation

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/07/15 04:57 AM

Josh Trotter
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/08/15 03:10 PM

Posted this on Facebook for those who may not know Dale (like we do):

Tripping on VR Teahupoo, Dale Webster, Surfer Poll 2015, 12/6/15. At Surfer Poll 2015, "Daily" Dale tried out the GoPro virtual reality system and experienced what it was like to ride Teahupoo. He was pretty blown away. Dale is the guy who surfed for a record 14,641 consecutive days (over 40 years), and is an active participant on the Surfer magazine bulletin board (erBB).

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/09/15 04:23 PM

Tandem finalist at Mel Puu's Waterman comp, Makaha, 12/6/15. The competitors were charging the big surf, doing some spectacular poses.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/10/15 01:45 PM

John John Florence and friend, post-Surfer Poll 2015, Turtle Bay Resort, 12/6/15. After all the glitz and glamor, John John did a low-keyed exit, taking home much of the hardware. And yes, I screwed up and forgot to turn on my flash (blurry too), but it is a nice contrast to the red carpet.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/12/15 03:09 PM

Filipe Toledo, Pipe Masters, 12/11/15. Much smaller during round 2 with mostly Backdoor right rides, but Filipe snagged this Pipe wave to keep his world title hopes alive.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/13/15 03:04 PM

No Pipe Masters, 151212. But still some fun ones were to be had at Backdoor.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/14/15 04:38 PM

Pitch, Sandys, 12/13/15. After driving through the Honolulu Marathon gauntlet on Kalanianaole, I was treated to a late-sunrise and some small, but fun ones.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/15/15 02:46 PM

Adrian "Ace" Buchan, Pipe Masters, 12/10/15. Nabbed a really wide one during round 1 heat 1 of the event.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/16/15 01:09 PM

Sweetest Perfection, Pipe Masters, 12/11/15. Smallish but still really well-formed. Backdoor was even better.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/17/15 03:51 PM

Kelly Slater, Pipe Masters 2015, 12/17/15. Lots of drama yesterday at the contest. Slater makes the scary and difficult look like a cakewalk.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/17/15 03:53 PM

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Kelly Slater, Pipe Masters 2015, 12/17/15. Lots of drama yesterday at the contest. Slater makes the scary and difficult look like a cakewalk.



rockin
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/19/15 01:48 PM

Congratulations Adriano de Souza for winning with WSL 2015 world championship and the Billabong Pipe Masters contest! I am so sorry I don't have a better image but I wanted to acknowledge his incredible accomplishments (in all honesty the media was all over him during the contest). I also must admit that I didn't care for his aggressive tactics and perceived attitudes in the past. But to understand a person you need to understand where he/she came from, and in the case of Adriano, he came from very very humble beginnings. He had to fight for everything he has; didn't even have a major surfing sponsor en route to his victory. Parabens Adriano!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/19/15 01:59 PM

Mason Ho, Pipe Masters, 12/10/15. Photo taken in round 1 of the main event. Got third in the trials (a contest in itself); but only top two advanced to the main event. However when Owen Wright went down to injury, Mason got the nod into the contest. Did not squander the opportunity, making it all the way to the semifinals. Good pedigree with both father and uncle winning this contest in the past. Stylish approach and happy-go-lucky persona made Mason a crowd favorite.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/20/15 04:25 PM

Mason Ho, Pipe Masters, 12/10/15. Another shot later in the sequence.



poser
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/21/15 03:08 PM

Standup Sponge, Sandy Beach, 12/19/15. This guy got up real awkwardly, but when he did stand, he held his edge very well, even in the messy conditions.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/23/15 01:07 AM

Diamond in the Rough, Sandy Beach, 12/21/15. Terrible conditions with strong winds on a tradewind swell and few people in the water. But there always are a few nuggets to be had. First shot too.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/23/15 09:00 PM

Pulling into a Gurgler, Sandys, 12/19/15. Making the most of junky conditions.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/24/15 03:06 PM

Casey, Sandys, 12/21/15. A nugget from Monday.

Posted By: jackcheez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/24/15 07:36 PM

Neal, thank you for sharing your stock with us all year long. shaka
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/25/15 05:07 PM

Thanks all!

Santa's Helper takes a break, Sandy Beach, 12/24/15. Spotted this little helper the day before taking a break and pulling into a few dredgers. Mele Kalikimaka!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/26/15 10:47 AM

Bracing for impact, Sandy Beach, 12/24/15.

Posted By: huryanpost

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/26/15 03:15 PM

Perfect! I don't think there was another split second before impact! shaka
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/26/15 03:48 PM

Chris Simpson, Sandy Beach, 12/24/15.

Twas the day before Christmas
And for those who behaved
Were sandy late drop-ins
And cute hollow waves

Me in my boardshorts
And Chris in his wetsuit
Were ready with cameras
For another photo shoot...

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/27/15 03:33 PM

Chandelier, Sandy Beach, 12/21/15. Solid wall with a bit of crumble on a marginal day.

Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/27/15 03:59 PM

bowdown jam_on
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/28/15 02:23 AM

Originally Posted By: HarryLopez
bowdown jam_on


Funny, I originally thought the above shot was a throwaway because of all the chandeliering. Gave it a second look for the nice green wall. Getting nods on FB too. Thanks.
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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/28/15 03:10 PM

Tyler Juza, out west, 12/27/15. The wave is short but intense. Don't know how Tyler gets up dk so quickly.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/29/15 05:19 PM

Sandy Slab, 12/28/15. Not the best, but still fun with friends.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/30/15 02:18 PM

Fellow Team Essex shooter James Kaeka Jr leaves his camera on the beach and grabs some shade, 12/27/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/30/15 02:47 PM

Not envying Glenn Hall's position, Pipe Masters, 12/10/15.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/31/15 03:19 PM

Vortices, Ma Kai, 12/28/15. Love this phenomenon. Still aspiring to the level of the vortex master, Ikaika Poki.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/01/16 05:30 PM

Leon Young, SVs, 12/31/15. Getting back into the groove after fracturing his shoulder at Sandys a few months back.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/01/16 05:32 PM

Happy New Year! Hope everyone has a safe, prosperous, and stock-filled 2016. Aloha!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/03/16 02:28 PM

Welcome 2016! Good fun with my parents and the boys at the beach on 1/2/16. Here's Tedford and Will both pulling into a fun one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/04/16 04:33 PM

0.1 seconds before detonation, 1/3/16. The complexion changes drastically when the sun is out. Even a wave to the head can be alluring.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/04/16 04:36 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge




Aliens?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/05/16 03:57 PM

Lol Big_Ups! Yeah, from CE3K.

Will, SVs, 1/2/16. Another Essex shooter, Will once again got in front of the camera to get some glassy tubes.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/06/16 04:32 PM

Kapono, SVs, 1/3/16. The Packers lost but he made the most of it.

Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/06/16 04:47 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
0.1 seconds before detonation, 1/3/16. The complexion changes drastically when the sun is out. Even a wave to the head can be alluring.



"Crystal Blue Pursuasion" cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/07/16 04:06 PM

I like that song too PPK!

Jordanesque tongue-wagging with stealth paparazzi, 1/3/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/08/16 03:17 PM

Mirror, Mirror; Westside; 12/27/15.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/09/16 03:51 PM

Stephan Figueiredo, Pipeline, 1/8/16. Surf was smallest on this day before ramping back up. This guy must've scored some great profile shots with his selfie stick.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/09/16 06:39 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
0.1 seconds before detonation, 1/3/16. The complexion changes drastically when the sun is out. Even a wave to the head can be alluring.



jeez. dreamy!

jam_on
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/10/16 03:39 PM

It is always offshore somewhere on an island, 1/9/16.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/11/16 02:46 PM

Another selfie-shooter, Pipeline, 1/8/16. Wouldn't you?

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/12/16 03:14 PM

Tyler, SVs, 1/10/16. On a wing and a prayer.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/13/16 02:59 PM

Split-Screen, Pipeline, 1/8/16. Love the views from below.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/14/16 05:48 AM

How much more glassy can it get? pacifier
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/14/16 03:59 PM

Has been really glassy recently. Not complaining.

Meaty wave, SVs, 1/10/16. Chris and Tyler avoid this wave #1.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/15/16 04:07 PM

Chris, SVs, 1/10/16. No-paddle no-kick takeoff. Just launch and get worked.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/16/16 02:50 PM

Warp Drive, someplace special, 1/9/16. Interesting how the lip can have so many shapes and textures.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/17/16 02:43 PM

Jimmy Hutaff, Kea'aus, 1/16/16. Maui boy and old school bodyboarder, still charging after all these years. Contest to continue Sunday to include trials for the upcoming Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/18/16 03:53 PM

Keahi Parker, IBA Hawaii Keaaus, 1/17/16. Keahi won the coveted Men's division with rides like this.

Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/18/16 11:11 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Warp Drive, someplace special, 1/9/16. Interesting how the lip can have so many shapes and textures.



Awesome shot, dude. Art.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/19/16 02:09 PM

Flynn Novak, North Shore shorebreak, 1/18/16. Closeout sets, coral shoreline, and big barrels were the order of the day. I stayed on the beach.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/20/16 02:46 PM

Tamayo Perry, Backdoor, 1/18/16. "Tamato" pig-dogged this one so much he was just about sitting on his board. Sick wave though.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/21/16 03:36 PM

Maybe Pono; if you know, you know; 1/16/16. Rare wave but when it works, this place can go off.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/22/16 03:10 PM

Sammy Morretino, Kea'au's, 1/16/16. Congrats to Kauai boy Sammy who won all three IBA Hawaii bodyboarding series titles: Pro Men, Dropknee, and Sttandup. At the Kea'au's event he took 2nd, 2nd, and 1st respectively, gaining enough points to clinch all series titles. I'm so proud of you man! (Photo color correction is funky, but yes he does have orange hair!)

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/23/16 02:20 PM

Morning Tubelet, unknown, Pipeline, 1/22/16. Surf has come down enough for the groms to come out in droves. Ramping back up soon with a couple of big swells. Btw, thanks Guy for putting in on KGMB.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/23/16 02:41 PM

Moving Water, 1/16/16. Trying to capture motion and emotion in a still frame.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/24/16 12:50 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Moving Water, 1/16/16. Trying to capture motion and emotion in a still frame.



great shot!

the grom above is tyler gunter... daniel jones has taken him under his wing the past few years. kid charges!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/24/16 04:01 PM

Spotlight, Ehukai, 1/23/16. Love the lighitng on this one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/25/16 03:38 PM

Ain't making Ain'ts, Ain'ts, 1/24/16. Heavy cropping, but captures the action down the beach. Wish I could've stayed for the ramp up.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/26/16 03:17 PM

Trevor Kam, OTW, 1/22/16. Drew some heavy tracks despite being a scrawny guy. Results speak for themselves with a strong launch.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/27/16 02:01 PM

Sandbar Drainer, PipeGums, 1/23/16. There was a decent sandbar kind of between Gums and Pipe (closer to Gums) that started turning on. This guy paddled into some gems.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/28/16 02:05 PM

Grom Tuck, Pipeline, 1/24/16. Small guy, big attitude.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/29/16 04:16 PM

Mauve Sunrise, eastside, 1/28/16. Nobody was around so I left Waimea Bay in the dark in search of imagery. Got this sunrise somewhere around the coast.

Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/30/16 04:12 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Mauve Sunrise, eastside, 1/28/16. Nobody was around so I left Waimea Bay in the dark in search of imagery. Got this sunrise somewhere around the coast.



Nice! Love the colors.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/30/16 02:25 PM

Colin Black, Pipeline, 1/22/16. Hiding from the camera while enjoying a fun one.

Posted By: Hump

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/30/16 04:26 PM

Thank you Neal.........as always.






Take care.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/31/16 02:49 PM

Unknown, OTW,1/30/16. The Volcom was about to run with the first heat waiting, but then they smartly decided not to run. For a while there were a lot of stoked noncontestants enjoying relatively empty Pipe. Oh, and they liked OTW too.

Posted By: 92122

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/01/16 03:44 AM

Looks so fun.
Originally Posted By: sponge
Spotlight, Ehukai, 1/23/16. Love the lighitng on this one.
Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/01/16 03:54 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Unknown, OTW,1/30/16. The Volcom was about to run with the first heat waiting, but then they smartly decided not to run. For a while there were a lot of stoked noncontestants enjoying relatively empty Pipe. Oh, and they liked OTW too.



Like how the water has so many levels (or heights) in this one.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/01/16 05:58 AM

Originally Posted By: Big_Ups
Originally Posted By: sponge
Unknown, OTW,1/30/16. The Volcom was about to run with the first heat waiting, but then they smartly decided not to run. For a while there were a lot of stoked noncontestants enjoying relatively empty Pipe. Oh, and they liked OTW too.



Like how the water has so many levels (or heights) in this one.


Faraway shot of OTW, taken from Pipe with some west swell. 200mm lens with lots of file cropping. Love background mountains.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/01/16 02:55 PM

Vividness, unknown, Ehukai, 1/31/16. Highly enhanced image to bring out the colors and clarity.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/02/16 02:57 PM

Did he make it? Pipe on 1/30/16. Btw, yesterday at the Volcom looked like one of those all-time days. I could not go; had to work.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/03/16 02:12 PM

Manini's View, PL/BD, 1/31/16. Always neat to see the below-sea-level perspective.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/03/16 02:23 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Did he make it? Pipe on 1/30/16. Btw, yesterday at the Volcom looked like one of those all-time days. I could not go; had to work.



He made it!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/04/16 02:40 PM

Unknowns, PL/BD, 1/30/16. No Volcom this day but it was still fun. In the end Marty and crew made a great call.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/05/16 05:01 PM

Unknown, Backdoor, 1/31/16. Having fun on a fun one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/06/16 04:45 PM

Unknown, Ehukai, 2/5/16. Pulling into to glassy nugget.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/07/16 03:07 PM

Kind of a miss, but a neat shot nonetheless; Backdoor; 2/5/16. If the wave was just a little more open...

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/07/16 03:07 PM

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/07/16 03:12 PM

The above 5 posts don't have your spectacular photos Neal, just the word Spacer 1, Spacer 2, Spacer 3, etc... :-(
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/07/16 09:16 PM

Originally Posted By: john4surf
The above 5 posts don't have your spectacular photos Neal, just the word Spacer 1, Spacer 2, Spacer 3, etc... :-(


For me, the page is advanced to 31 but the last images, including the spacers, are still on page 30. I've asked admin about it but have not been given any solution.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/08/16 03:17 PM

Chris being lit by Tyler, 2/7/16. Chris has a flashlight on his pole mount to document his perspective, while Tyler shoots with lights on his #KNEKT mount. I don't shoot much artificial light, but this shot turned out kind of neat.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/09/16 02:42 PM

Close Call, Ehukai, 2/5/16. Sometimes you gotta get close to the action to get the shot.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/09/16 03:58 PM

Working good now Neal, you must have a collection of scars.... That's close!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/11/16 03:15 PM

Evening Drop, Westside, 2/10/16. No Eddie, but at least there was clean surf beyond the North Shore.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/12/16 09:18 AM

Vibrant Velvia View, 2/10/16. No, this is not from slide film. Just reminded me of the saturated colors that could be had with that media.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/12/16 02:56 PM

Koa, Westside, 2/7/16. Lighting his own way (with snorkel GoPro in mouth) at dawn's early light.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/12/16 03:50 PM

Another series of hits 'out of the park'.... I know it isn't luck because you're so consistent Neal. One day we (surfers that other group... bodyboarders) would look forward to coffee table books (one of surfers, one of bodyboarders) of your best of the best. Don't ruin the idea however with a book of the SUP herd on waves... John
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/13/16 01:50 PM

Thanks J4S for the kind words. Nowadays it seems it has less to do with good photography and more to do with creative post-production. An online self-published book has definitely been on my mind for years. I do want to take a slightly different approach to it though. Work in progress.

As for the photo of the day, going back to a small day on the North Shore...

Webbed Appendages, micro BD, 2/5/16. Silhouettes can produce unexpected results.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/14/16 02:34 PM

Drake, Pipe, 2/13/15. Pulling into a small one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/15/16 02:48 PM

Unknown, Backdoor, 2/14/16. Surf was tiny in the morning, but was on the rise. Heard by evening it was pounding.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/16/16 04:30 PM

Afternoon Slide, Westside, 2/10/16. Taking off on a rising swell, kaha nalu style.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/17/16 10:25 PM

Slotted, Backdoor, 2/13/16. Riding deep. Don't think he made this one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/16 07:20 AM

The Hand Drag, unknown, Backdoor, 2/13/16. One way to stall for the tube is to stick your arm (or arms) into the wave. This is the underwater view of said technique.

Posted By: jackcheez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/16 02:45 PM

Great shot of the hand and also the rail. bowdown
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/16 03:14 PM

About to rain, Makapuu Hike, 2/15/16. Yes, we got wet.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/18/16 03:20 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
The Hand Drag, unknown, Backdoor, 2/13/16. One way to stall for the tube is to stick your arm (or arms) into the wave. This is the underwater view of said technique.


Very cool pic. Should have reached up and gave him a high-five. smile
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/19/16 03:39 PM

Thanks jackcheez and Big_Ups!

Room with a View, small Backdoor, 2/14/16. This perspective never gets old.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/19/16 03:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Big_Ups
Originally Posted By: sponge
The Hand Drag, unknown, Backdoor, 2/13/16. One way to stall for the tube is to stick your arm (or arms) into the wave. This is the underwater view of said technique.


Very cool pic. Should have reached up and gave him a high-five. smile


I was pretty far away on that particular shot. However, a few years back, I really could have given a surfer an underwater high-five. Uncropped photo using a fisheye lens, North Shore, 3/1/2008.

Posted By: jackcheez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/19/16 05:12 PM

The interaction of light and water is always so interesting. rockin
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/20/16 03:36 PM

Sunrise Tubelet, Sandy Beach, 2/19/16. Amazingly there was no one in the ocean when I ventured in on this tiny day. Managed to get a few photos while in knee-deep water.



Since I got very little exercise while mostly standing in shallow water, decided to check Hanauma Bay. Only had a fisheye lens, but still was able to capture a few images of some denizens of the deep.

Birds of a Feather Flock Together
Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/20/16 04:51 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Originally Posted By: Big_Ups
Originally Posted By: sponge
The Hand Drag, unknown, Backdoor, 2/13/16. One way to stall for the tube is to stick your arm (or arms) into the wave. This is the underwater view of said technique.


Very cool pic. Should have reached up and gave him a high-five. smile


I was pretty far away on that particular shot. However, a few years back, I really could have given a surfer an underwater high-five. Uncropped photo using a fisheye lens, North Shore, 3/1/2008.



Nice. cheers

Might be an odd question, but can you hear anything when they pass by so close?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/21/16 08:09 PM

Big_Ups, the sound most prevalent is the impact of the wave. The sound of a surfboard sizzling by is either too soft or ignored in that moment.

Backdoor, 2/20/16. Small right now, but will be bombing soon. Found this nugget even though the reefs are filled up with sand.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/22/16 05:42 PM

Roll Tide, Pipeline Sandbar, 2/20/16. It is simultaneously quiet / calm and loud / turbulent below sea level. And yes, there is sand all over the place, to be shifted this week.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/23/16 04:59 PM

Surf is huge now, but it was only a few days ago when it was tiny; Sandy Beach; 2/19/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/24/16 05:57 PM

Morning Tuck, unknown, Backdoor, 2/20/16. Trying to fit in and drive as far as possible.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/24/16 06:06 PM

Bonus: When I write "manini eye view" I'm referring to the convict tang tropical fish with Hawaiian name of manini. My phrase kinda means underwater view (fish's perspective), but also refers to fisheye lens (ultrawide), and hints at being a small wave. Well, this is a school of real manini, taken at Hanauma Bay on 2/19/16 (using a fisheye lens btw).



(Had manini-kine waves that day so had to do something else in the water)
Posted By: Hump

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 02/24/16 06:34 PM

As always, much appreciated and thanks for sharing with us.

Warms me up on a cool morning. LOL



Take care.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/01/16 02:46 PM

Thanks Hump!

My favorite small wave in the world; not in Hawaii; 2/24/16. It was windy with marginal conditions but still fun. Didn't have a board so I shot it with my GoPro and bodysurfed a few with a couple of locals. Good vibes and good to stretch the legs.



Tongue-wagging, fave small wave, 2/24/16. Posing for the cam. If you look carefully you can see a small step where the water is drawing (gently) off the reef. Makes for some fun little nuggets.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/01/16 02:49 PM

Lined Thickie, Westside, 2/25/16. Didn't make the Eddie, but checked out the other side of the coast where there were some moments.



Another shot of my friend Chris pulling in. He was the only guy out.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/02/16 03:48 PM

Unknown, Tracks, 2/25/16. Fun, uncrowded ones could be had on this momentous day.



Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/03/16 02:55 PM

Not sure (maybe one of the Koas?); somewhere out west; 2/25/16. Fun waves elsewhere on the &#8234;#&#8206;brockswell&#8236;.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/04/16 02:50 PM

Lips, Westside, 2/25/16. Mutant wave during the #brockswell.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/05/16 05:51 PM

Judge's Perspective, Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational, 3/4/16. Though it wasn't huge, there was decent surf allowing for high performance riding. Congratulations to all who participated.

Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/05/16 06:49 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Lips, Westside, 2/25/16. Mutant wave during the #brockswell.



Scary!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/06/16 06:41 AM

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Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/06/16 02:22 PM

View from Down Under, the sandbar, 3/5/16. There's a multitude of action occurring in this underwater frozen moment.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/07/16 05:06 PM

A EB Irvine, SVs, 3/6/16. Looking forward to the future.



All Smiles, Koa Numba 1, 3/6/16. You would be smiling too if you were the only rider out at dawn. @koa.numbah.1

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/08/16 02:57 PM

Unknown, 2016 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational, 3/4/16. Can you imagine this competitor's perspective?

Posted By: WarrenC

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/08/16 03:45 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Judge's Perspective, Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational, 3/4/16. Though it wasn't huge, there was decent surf allowing for high performance riding. Congratulations to all who participated.



this one is just so good
love this one
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/08/16 04:37 PM

Thanks WarrenC!

Distorted Reality, the sandbar, 3/5/16. Underwater view of old friend Macy Mullen pulling into a barrel. Note the fins tracking underwater on the center-right, and the weird distortion especially on the center-left. Perspective is everything.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/09/16 04:49 PM

Who dis? Not OTW, 3/5/16. Looks like a solid wave but it really is barely overhead. That is the illusion of photography, specifically fisheye tube riding shots.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/10/16 04:13 PM

"Big whorls have little whorls that feed on their velocity, and little whorls have srnaller whorls and so on to viscosity." (from Ric Harwood)

Posted By: ratfink

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/10/16 05:24 PM

unreal pics, mesmerizing!
Posted By: Joshua2415

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/10/16 05:58 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
"Big whorls have little whorls that feed on their velocity, and little whorls have srnaller whorls and so on to viscosity." (from Ric Harwood)



Amazing shot! jam_on
Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/10/16 09:16 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Thanks WarrenC!

Distorted Reality, the sandbar, 3/5/16. Underwater view of old friend Macy Mullen pulling into a barrel. Note the fins tracking underwater on the center-right, and the weird distortion especially on the center-left. Perspective is everything.



Sooooo sick Neal!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/11/16 02:43 PM

Mahalo ratfink, Joshua2415, and HarryLopez!

Just Go, unknown, Westside, 3/6/16. Looking for the vision, even if just for a moment.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/13/16 12:50 AM

My Vision, unknown, guess where, 2/25/16. During the #BrockSwell there were some fun ones at this spot. Surprisingly small, but fun nonetheless.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/13/16 02:36 PM

Behind the Scenes of a Tube; the sandbar; 3/5/16. This is how a tube looks underwater with a bodysurfer/photographer swimming through it.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/14/16 02:48 PM

Marginal Moment, unknown, Gums, 3/12/16. Small waves, strong winds, and thick sandbars made for less than ideal surf. Current was pulling strong. At least got some exercise.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/15/16 04:05 PM

Tyler Juza, beneath the clouds, 3/13/16. Making the most of marginal surf.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/16/16 02:16 PM

Sandbar Dump, Ehukai, 3/12/16. West swells build sandbars; north swells break them down (around Ehukai anyway).

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/17/16 03:16 PM

Small kine fun, the other side, 3/13/16. Little nugget from Sunday.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/18/16 04:08 PM

Little Bowl, Ehukai, 3/12/16. Finding a power pocket is great because it can generate speed, and speed is life.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/18/16 04:22 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Little Bowl, Ehukai, 3/12/16. Finding a power pocket is great because it can generate speed, and speed is life.



love photos like this... lil dudes in larger surf (for them) is so fun to see! cartoonesque!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/18/16 04:28 PM

Originally Posted By: barnod
...love photos like this... lil dudes in larger surf (for them) is so fun to see! cartoonesque!


Lol! Check this out then. Pre-Menehunes bombing Ehukai back in 2007
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/19/16 02:08 PM

Brian Wise, taking off late, 3/18/16. Welcome back to the water!

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/19/16 09:45 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Originally Posted By: barnod
...love photos like this... lil dudes in larger surf (for them) is so fun to see! cartoonesque!


Lol! Check this out then. Pre-Menehunes bombing Ehukai back in 2007

so good cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/20/16 02:21 PM

Shaun Harada, the mini-slab, 3/19/16. Having fun over a shallow shelf.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/21/16 02:49 PM

Shaun Harada, Ekolus, 3/18/16. shallow reef + sneaker set = me caught between a rock (reef) and a hard place (descending lip). I got lucky on this one and snuck under. In the meantime, Shaun scored a sick ride.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/22/16 09:23 PM

View from the Slab, out west, 3/19/16. Take care of the aina and pick up your opal.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/23/16 03:28 PM

Brian Wise, in deep, 3/18/16. Powering a bottom turn in the hook.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/24/16 03:57 PM

Sloppy Slab, 3/19/16. Sucking off the rocks.



Shaun, in the swimming pool, 3/5/16. Looking for vortexes.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/24/16 05:32 PM

wave2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/25/16 03:13 PM

In Too Deep, 3/18/16. Wish you were here.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/26/16 10:38 PM

From the archives: 2011 Ke Kaha Nalu Hanana 'O Ehukai contest, unknown, Pipeline, 3/13/2011. Five years ago so I can't remember this exact wave. Looks like this competitor did a bit of a chop-hop and is now looking for a soft place to land.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/27/16 06:16 PM

Party Down Under, the Sandbar, 3/5/16. Another ultra-clear shot from this special day. Lots of things to analyze in terms of water flow and lighting. Maybe Macy, Michael and/or Zachary. Canon 5D Mark II; Canon 15mm lens; Essex water housing.

Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/27/16 08:06 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
My Vision, unknown, guess where, 2/25/16. During the #BrockSwell there were some fun ones at this spot. Surprisingly small, but fun nonetheless.




Freddy Hemmings and some of the Punahou schools kids had connection to the two metal roof counsett huts that were there in the 1960's. Some fun, crazy surf filled weekends spent there and waaay before the power plant was built.

wave2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/28/16 02:46 PM

Thanks Peter for the cool history.

Fun in the Sun, the Sandbar, 3/5/16. It's a blast even on a WaveStorm.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/30/16 03:25 PM

From the archives: Mark Healey, 2012 Backdoor Shootout, Pipeline, 1/8/2012. Blast from the past.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/30/16 03:43 PM

Your shots just keep getting better Neal, especially the ones from this winter cheers

Thanks for sharing with us wave2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 03/31/16 04:18 PM

me, squinting in the shade, 3/6/16.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/01/16 04:49 PM

Going deep into the archives: Unknown, Pipeline, 11/4/1995. I was the only water photographer for an hour and a half until legendary photog Chris Van Lennep swam out. Shooting film of course, with no more than 37 shots in the roll. Those were the days.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/01/16 05:07 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Going deep into the archives: Unknown, Pipeline, 11/4/1995. I was the only water photographer for an hour and a half until legendary photog Chris Van Lennep swam out. Shooting film of course, with no more than 37 shots in the roll. Those were the days.



Nice. Yeeewww.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/02/16 05:21 PM

Thanks Big_Ups!

Hesitating at Ehukai, 4/1/16. With the combination of pronounced sandbar, decent swell and obvious beginner on a longboard, it was not surprising that this surfer never got out while I was nearby. I'm still injured so walked the beach for exercise.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/03/16 01:02 PM

In the Hook, unknown, Log Cabins, 4/1/16. The criticalness of this maneuver cannot be understated. Just go diving there on a calm day to see the minefield of spires that waveriders have to deal with. Don't wipeout.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/04/16 03:15 PM

Jarrett Liu, Pipe Littles, 4/3/16. Paepo-styling with choke arm action.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/05/16 07:40 PM

Sun Worship, Sandy Beach, 4/3/16. Despite poor surf, a nice sunrise is a great way to start the day.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/06/16 12:08 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Going deep into the archives: Unknown, Pipeline, 11/4/1995. I was the only water photographer for an hour and a half until legendary photog Chris Van Lennep swam out. Shooting film of course, with no more than 37 shots in the roll. Those were the days.


style kinda looks like Davey Boy Gonsalves
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/07/16 04:03 PM

Whitewashed, Ke Iki, 4/1/16. Ride whatever you like.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/08/16 04:16 PM

Photographers Photographing, Sandy Beach, 4/3/16. Popular sunrise shot location. Believe people stake the place out early to get the perfect view.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/09/16 02:30 PM

From the archives: Unknown, Backdoor, 4/13/2002. Taken 14 years ago, this was my best shot ever from a Fuji waterproof disposable film camera. Could probably do way better today enhancing the image in post.



I actually saw a very young Carissa Moore (around eight years old) for the first time later that day and was blown away by her skills. You've come a long way baby!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/11/16 02:51 PM

Unknown, Backdoor, 4/10/16. Rising late season swell made the regulars happy.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/13/16 02:06 PM

Flynn Novak, Pipeline, 4/10/16. Looking for shade. I believe the surf ramped up big time after I left. I'm sure Flynn went back out for round two.

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Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/13/16 04:20 PM

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i want this as my wallpaper, have you got a better quality one please?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/15/16 09:03 PM

Flashback Friday: Pipeline, 11/29/2007. Yes it did get crowded even back in the day in the Pipeline Paparazzi Zone. What you don't see is that I'm in row 2 of shooters, with a third row of photogs behind us. Must admit the experience level of most shooters were higher back then. Some things change; some things stay the same.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/16/16 03:16 PM

Orchid, 4/9/16. At the KCC Farmer's Market, there was good food, good flowers and big crowds.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/17/16 01:16 PM

Probably Brian Wise, Pipeline, 4/16/16. Scoring late season with hardly anyone around.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/18/16 03:22 PM

Derek Miyashiro, Pipeline, 4/16/16. Stabbing a bottom turn, dk style.

Posted By: 92122

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/18/16 06:36 PM

Great shot, perfect form, and a lot of spray.

Originally Posted By: sponge
Derek Miyashiro, Pipeline, 4/16/16. Stabbing a bottom turn, dk style.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/19/16 03:13 PM

Thanks 92122.

Rainbow Arc, North Shore, 4/16/16. An arc is a part of the circumference of of a circle/curve (yeah I took lots of math back in the day). This little of section of rainbow lit up on the horizon between some ominous clouds.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/20/16 01:54 PM

The One That Got Away, unknown, Pipeline, 4/16/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/23/16 03:36 PM

Reverse 360, Pipeline, 4/17/16. Having fun during late season.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/24/16 07:30 PM

Tucking In, Pipeline, 4/17/16. Making the most of late season.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/26/16 02:39 PM

Chris Simpson, Sandy Beach, 4/24/16. Backlit angle of Chris pulling into the shorebreak with his selfie pole cam.



Kainalu, Sandy Beach, 4/24/16. NaluMon couldn't wait to get in the water as he ran into the shorebreak at dawn.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/27/16 03:03 PM

Gavin Iwai, Sandy Beach, 4/24/16. Here's Gavin getting his morning cup of coffee.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/28/16 04:42 PM

Casey Simmons, Sandy Beach, 4/24/16. Skipping down the face; fit as a fiddle.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/29/16 02:36 PM

Flashback Friday: Zak Noyle and mercifully unknown, Pipeline, 4/6/2013. Kind of misplaced this image but recently found it in the archives. Zak'a in the impact zone getting the shot while I'm shooting from the "safety" of the channel. And the surfer? Well he was having a bad moment.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 04/30/16 02:55 PM

Chris, Sandys, 4/24/16. "Awooooh!"

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/01/16 02:42 PM

Unknown, Sandy Beach, 4/30/16. Mostly crappy, but there were a few moments of bliss to be had.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/03/16 01:00 PM

Inside Inside Rockpile, 5/1/16. Maybe 2 inches, Hawaiian scale.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/04/16 01:00 PM

Casey Simmons, Sandy Beach, 4/30/16. Cruising in a little nugget.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/05/16 01:13 PM

Chris Simpson, Backdoor, 5/1/16. Getting the shot x2.



Chris's view, same day, different wave

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/06/16 01:08 PM

Kino Krew, Sandy Beach, 4/30/16. No need board; just the body (and fins).

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/07/16 01:15 AM

Once again, your gracious share of the stoke brings a smile and, a yearning for the water Sponge. Although I don't always send a note there are a lot of us who smile every time we see your stock and images! John
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/07/16 07:16 AM

Originally Posted By: john4surf
Once again, your gracious share of the stoke brings a smile and, a yearning for the water Sponge. Although I don't always send a note there are a lot of us who smile every time we see your stock and images! John


Thanks once again John. Appreciate the kind words.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/07/16 12:50 PM

Back Set! "Drone view" of Inside Rockpile, 5/1/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 01:06 AM

Teeroi in his element, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/8/16. Happy Mother's Day! The day before was probably bigger.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 02:30 AM

Big mahalo Sponge.
Posted By: Kawika

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 02:32 AM

Stuff like this is what keeps me coming back! I saw Teeroi's board on Wade's Instagram feed a week ago when he posted it...saw and read Teeroi's thread about the board in the design forum and talking about meeting you...then you post up the goods from today with Teeroi on his new ride. Stocked! jam_on cheers
Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 02:44 AM

Nice cheers
Posted By: craigj532

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 03:06 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Teeroi in his element, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/8/16. Happy Mother's Day! The day before was probably bigger.



Ripping! Classic style on a great wave.

Town was so good the last couple days. Yesterday was bigger, but today was empty in the morning (church and Mom's day must've taken a lot of people out). I got more barrels in 3 hours today than I got in the last 3 months.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 03:35 PM



Gregg Nakamura (the surfing engineer), Ala Moana Bowls, 5/8/16. Greg goes into an extreme pig-dog position to tuck in deep backside. On the paddle back out I think he told teeroi that by the end of the ride, he was pretty much sitting on his board.
Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 03:40 PM

cheyyaa teeroi and sponge collab rockin
Posted By: gui

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 05:00 PM

jam_on jam_on
Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 05:03 PM

Originally Posted By: Kawika
Stuff like this is what keeps me coming back! I saw Teeroi's board on Wade's Instagram feed a week ago when he posted it...saw and read Teeroi's thread about the board in the design forum and talking about meeting you...then you post up the goods from today with Teeroi on his new ride. Stocked! jam_on cheers


This! great stuff sponge and teeroi!!! wave2
Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/09/16 08:33 PM

I got the wave before so I saw Greggs while ride. He pulled pretty much on the drop. It was soooo round. He tried to adjust or push himself up out of his crouch and his foot slipped. He sat on the board and still came out. He was rubbing his ass cheeks because it felt sore like when you slip off a chair and your cheeks spread open. Hahahs. He did make it out, don't know how they would've scored that ride in a heat. But the wave itself was a high 8
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/10/16 02:29 PM

John Galera, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/8/16. Paipo-boarding (papa paepo'o) is a dying waveriding artform. In Hawaii guys like John Galera and Jarrett Liu are keeping it alive, shaping their own boards and pushing boundaries, all while having fun. Here is John on some fun ones on Mother's Day.





Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/11/16 01:29 PM

Wyatt Blair, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/8/16. Wyatt also scored a couple of nuggets on Mother's Day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/12/16 02:39 PM

teeroi, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/8/16. Putting the brakes on at Big Bowl.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/12/16 04:16 PM

Thanks Neal. That day was pretty fun.
Posted By: 92122

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/12/16 05:20 PM

Pretty cool if he made that black board he's riding. It's not completely dead, as these hit Jay's site awhile ago: http://www.ebodyboarding.com/california-surfcraft-bodypo-43-crescent-tail.html

Originally Posted By: sponge
John Galera, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/8/16. Paipo-boarding (papa paepo'o) is a dying waveriding artform. In Hawaii guys like John Galera and Jarrett Liu are keeping it alive, shaping their own boards and pushing boundaries, all while having fun. Here is John on some fun ones on Mother's Day.





Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/13/16 06:39 AM

Yup, he makes them on his own. Check this article:
A Paipo Interview with John Galera

From 2010
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/13/16 06:50 PM

Gregg Nakamura, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/8/16. Morning shade.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/14/16 03:30 PM

Jesse Aurrecoechea, Sandy Beach, 5/13/16. Small day but every once in a while a solid set came through. Jesse was on it on this one, with not much of a landing pad.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/15/16 03:09 PM

Lined up, Backdoor, 5/14/16. Anticiption is everything.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/15/16 03:26 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Lined up, Backdoor, 5/14/16. Anticiption is everything.


Love shots like that. Getting to your feet and looking at it wall up down the line. One of the best feelings. cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/16/16 01:51 PM

"What were you doing when you were seven years old>" For Talan Lillyman, he's getting pushed into sizable (for him) waves at Pipeline. It's all about the stock.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/17/16 03:22 PM

High Sun, Sandy Beach, 5/13/16. By the time I got to the beach it was well past sunrise. Lost the colors and instead got the backlighting. Note photographer on left for scale. He was saying "Hi" to his son.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/18/16 03:25 PM

Duckdive or Nosedive? BD/PL, 5/14/16. Not quite sure what is happening. Kind of thought he was trying to catch a wave. That contrail-like turbulence is pretty neat regardless.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/18/16 03:27 PM

applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/19/16 04:44 PM

Morning Play Time, BD/PL, 5/15/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/16 03:26 PM

On the Beach, Sandys, 5/13/16. Waves were so small they were literally breaking on the beach.

Posted By: mapache

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/16 04:02 PM

hey sponge

you ever print your pics on aluminum ? i did some for a friend recently was cheap and came out looking great . . . .
Posted By: Hump

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/16 05:57 PM

Scrolled through a bunch more and loved them all.

Thanks again Neal for sharing with us all, regardless of whether we still can surf or not.

Your pics keep me stocked and give me a taste of the beauty of the whole surfing experience I used to enjoy in person.

I really appreciate that.




Take care.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/16 06:42 PM

Originally Posted By: mapache
hey sponge

you ever print your pics on aluminum ? i did some for a friend recently was cheap and came out looking great . . . .


Actually, yes. Really like the look of aluminum/metal. Costco does 24"x36" for $120 and 20x30 for $94 (prices recently went up). Actually sold a couple at the Punahou Carnival art gallery. For me, I increase vibrance/saturation even more so the colors really pop on aluminum/metal.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/16 06:43 PM

Originally Posted By: Hump
Scrolled through a bunch more and loved them all.

Thanks again Neal for sharing with us all, regardless of whether we still can surf or not.

Your pics keep me stocked and give me a taste of the beauty of the whole surfing experience I used to enjoy in person.

I really appreciate that.




Take care.


My pleasure. Means a lot to me that some appreciate the effort, and that I can share the stock.
Posted By: WarrenC

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/16 07:58 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Originally Posted By: mapache
hey sponge

you ever print your pics on aluminum ? i did some for a friend recently was cheap and came out looking great . . . .


Actually, yes. Really like the look of aluminum/metal. Costco does 24"x36" for $120 and 20x30 for $94 (prices recently went up). Actually sold a couple at the Punahou Carnival art gallery. For me, I increase vibrance/saturation even more so the colors really pop on aluminum/metal.


How do you print a picture on aluminum? (sounds really interesting just never heard of this before)
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/16 10:03 PM

Originally Posted By: WarrenC
...How do you print a picture on aluminum? (sounds really interesting just never heard of this before)


Companies can print on paper, canvas, and now metal/aluminum. No need buy matting or even a frame. Usually comes with hardware to make the image stand off from the wall. Reflective properties make the colors seem more vibrant.

Costco: http://www.costcophotocenter.com/Shop/Home-Decor/Metal-Prints#/
Posted By: psykophant

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/20/16 10:18 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Gregg Nakamura, Ala Moana Bowls, 5/8/16. Morning shade.




Gregg is a really good surfer and a nice guy as well.
I remember when he was a little grom and his dad made him wear a helmet all the time.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/21/16 07:08 PM

Carve, PL/BD, 5/14/16. Love watching the hydrodynamics from below.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/22/16 09:09 PM

Drake and Tyrone Lining Up, Sandy Beach, 5/21/16. Making the most of a small day.

Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/22/16 09:31 PM

Been out with the Dog Team in the early Am hours,drenched & wet from passing showers most of the morning in Kilauea.
Pop'd into the erBB and went through the latest photo's.
Made me Smile .....Set the mood for Deb and myself for the rest of the day.

wave2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/23/16 05:49 PM

Thanks Peter! Hopefully this one can get you in a positive mood too.

Warp Drive, Sandy Beach, 5/21/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/25/16 02:42 PM

Dirty Tube, Sandy Beach, 5/22/16. Even imperfect conditions can yield interesting results.





Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/26/16 04:39 PM

Rippah Shreddah, Sandy Beach, 5/21/16. Little bit soft on the focus, but it was a sweet little nugg. If you saw how poor the conditions were, you'd be surprised that this was the same day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/27/16 02:15 PM

Leaning Into the Pitch, Sandy Beach, 5/22/16. Photogs duck for cover while a bodysurfer throws some style.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 05/27/16 02:16 PM

Mutant wave. Nice one Neo.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/01/16 04:35 PM

Dry Haired Uncle, Bowls, 5/27/16. Lots of things going on here: multiple riders, dramatic clouds, saturated colors. Almost too busy but makes for an interesting creation.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/01/16 09:31 PM

Clarence, we call hm Aunty in front. Makua in back. Nice shot Neal
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/04/16 06:00 AM

Been powering at work. Here are a few images to catch up a bit...

Another perspective, Sandys, 5/28/16. Tyler was promoting his Hemp2O drink, so Gavin and Brandin were capturing the action while I captured them.



Gregg Nakamura, Bowls, 5/27/16. Pumping to generate his own speed. Prepping for the Surf Into Summer.



Brian Wise, OTW, 5/30/16. Got a clean little one early in the morning on Memorial Day.



Fresh Pour, Sandys, 5/28/16. Small day, little tube.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/04/16 03:30 PM

Clean Trim, BD, 5/30/16. Tiny day but we all made the most of the it as the Country goes into hibernation.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/05/16 02:50 PM

Following Friends, in the water, 6/4/16. Calming, relaxing, invigorating. I love swimming with dolphin.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/06/16 04:14 PM

Picasso Triggerfish, Hanauma Bay, 6/5/16. I tripped out when I first saw this weirdly colored humuhumu. Pretty, painted-on colors.

Posted By: the janitor

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/06/16 04:18 PM

I love this thread jam_on

Also think we could use this shot of the triggerfish as a response to microaggressions hat
Posted By: WarrenC

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/07/16 03:08 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge

Fresh Pour, Sandys, 5/28/16. Small day, little tube.


rockin
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/07/16 04:15 PM

Thanks The Janitor and WarrenC for the kind words / emojis.

Another marine mammal following our cetacean friends, 6/4/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/08/16 03:16 PM

Tiny Tube, Sandys, 6/5/16. Barely big enough to throw over, but lucked into a few moments like this.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/09/16 04:22 PM

Itchy Detritus, underwater, 6/4/16. Water was crystal clear except for occasional floating white fragments. Did not realize it until I got home that it must've been some sort of jellyfish (wasn't box jellies or PMOW). The next day I start scratching and now I have welts all over my body even five days later. I vaguely remember seeing tiny cylinders. Anybody know what this might've been?

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/10/16 03:06 PM

Baby Uhu, Hanauma Bay, 6/5/16. And his gnawing on coral was very audible.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/11/16 03:06 PM

Koa riding, Marcus admiring; a place that likes SSW swells; 6/10/16.

Posted By: Bullnutts

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/11/16 06:34 PM

Nice.

Looking forward to seeing what you will post up from the rest of the weekend. I should have made my flight..... bawling
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/11/16 07:23 PM

Originally Posted By: Bullnutts
Nice.

Looking forward to seeing what you will post up from the rest of the weekend. I should have made my flight..... bawling


Swell not so hot this morning. Funky and inconsistent. Will post later, but here is an IG shot taken at Point Panic. A bit misleading but had some.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BGhlwvtGJXr/?taken-by=neosponge

neo
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/12/16 02:51 PM

DavyBoy Gonsalves, Bowls, 6/11/16. Despite a recent knee injury, Davy Boy is back in the water where he wants to be.



Also, guess who?

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/12/16 08:31 PM

Thanks Neal. Nice seeing you Saturday.
Posted By: gui

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/13/16 12:00 PM

jam_on jam_on
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/13/16 05:26 PM

Derek Miyashiro, somewhere out there, 6/12/16. Wide open arena with waves breaking all over the place. Captured just a few noteworthy moments with the fisheye, including this reflective look of Derek cutting back, dropknee-style.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/13/16 05:53 PM

nice one sponge shaka
Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/13/16 08:05 PM

That is a really nice one Neal. Love the reflection
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/14/16 03:05 PM

Marcus, place that favors ssw swells, 6/10/16. Enjoying a clean one at the beginning of the swell.



Believe this is the same wave. Me, shooting Marcus. Beach photo courtesy Juan Cabanas.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/15/16 03:47 PM

Michael Ho, Bowls, 6/11/16. Still ripping into his late 50s. Three views of the oldest grom.







And one more from Jacob Vandervelde which is close in moment to the one right above (note my head at the far left).

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/16/16 03:23 PM

Distant Thoughts, Westside, 6/4/16. Listening to Hiroshima with friends.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/17/16 03:51 PM

Derek, Eluas, 6/12/16. DK specialist.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/18/16 03:00 PM

Bottom Trim, Eluas, 6/10/16. Somewhere between a bottom turn and going into max trim.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/20/16 04:09 PM

Tyler Juza, Sandy Beach, 6/18/16. Very tight shot with fisheye.



Little Wave, Sandy Beach, 6/19/16. Making something out of nothing.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/21/16 04:03 PM

Close up, Sandys, 6/18/16. It truly was crappy but we made the most of it.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/22/16 03:30 PM

Micro-slab, Sandys, 6/19/16. Again, looks can be deceiving.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/23/16 03:48 PM

Nathan Fletcher (I think), Bowls, 6/11/16. From the last swell.

Posted By: Bullnutts

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/16 04:38 AM

Nice.
Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/16 04:42 AM

I like the back lit dawn patrol shots. The surfer is dark but light comes thru the waves. Yep that's Nathan Fletcher. He's been coming out a few times this past week. Not today since country got waves.
Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/16 04:47 AM

Hanalei, had some fun 2 - 3 feet.
PineTree's / Old Mans had fun surf too.
Funny! end of June and waves on the north shore of Kaua'i.

applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/24/16 02:42 PM

Thanks for the info and comments.

Short, mid-week session with alt.surfing newsgroup alumni Dos Zapatos and Bud808. Diamond Head Cliffs, 6/22/16.





Posted By: Bullnutts

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/25/16 05:49 AM

Nice shot this evening on HNN. 5:00 news. applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/25/16 06:22 AM

Originally Posted By: Bullnutts
Nice shot this evening on HNN. 5:00 news. applause2


Thanks. Shot came out pretty good.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/25/16 03:43 PM

Nick Mita, Bowls, 6/24/16. Nick does a toeside bank off the top of a fun one as the south swell continues to decline. Thanks Guy Hagi for broadcasting it on Hawaii News Now.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/25/16 04:13 PM

Curious (none of my business really)... Are you able to meet some of your subjects after their session and share your 'capture' of their moment of stoke? Do you ever print up the image(s) on us lite paper and sell them to your subjects or, send them into the media for possible publication? It's a shame if you don't get broad exposure to your hobby/work. There is consistency and motion in all most every shot!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/25/16 11:12 PM

Originally Posted By: john4surf
Curious (none of my business really)... Are you able to meet some of your subjects after their session and share your 'capture' of their moment of stoke? Do you ever print up the image(s) on us lite paper and sell them to your subjects or, send them into the media for possible publication? It's a shame if you don't get broad exposure to your hobby/work. There is consistency and motion in all most every shot!


Invariable people ask where they can see the images. As mentioned before, I keep this as a hobby and just try to enjoy it for the act itself. I'm over the need to "be published."

Appreciate the kind words, and hope to continue sharing the stoke.
Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/16 04:52 AM

Neal, Nick is super stoked on that shot you got of him. It's making Gregg Nakamura super jealous. He's on a family trip in Nocal for two more weeks and has missed last week's swells. He emailed us he might be forced to borrow a wetsuit and board and surf SantaCruz. Haha. Thanks for helping us rub it in.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/16 07:55 AM

Originally Posted By: teeroi
Neal, Nick is super stoked on that shot you got of him. It's making Gregg Nakamura super jealous. He's on a family trip in Nocal for two more weeks and has missed last week's swells. He emailed us he might be forced to borrow a wetsuit and board and surf SantaCruz. Haha. Thanks for helping us rub it in.


Lol! Happened to get a lot more shots of him that session.

Nick


You (teeroi)


another friend
Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/16 08:10 AM

The friend on the bottom is Mark Yamada. The fat, white guy in the middle would've worn a rash guard if he knew pics were being taken. Hahaha Thanks Neal. That day was super fun.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/16 02:13 PM

80s Neon, Bowls, 6/24/16. Pretty sure I've seen this regular out at Bowls before. What I haven't seen (in a long time anyway) was his flashy hot pinks and greens fashion, circa 1980s. Good surfer though.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/16 02:19 PM

nice turn teeroi. jam_on nice shots too neal. definitely jealous of you guys. shaka
Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/16 02:23 PM

Reid Kawamae. Yep OG Bowls ripper.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/16 02:45 PM

Originally Posted By: teeroi
Reid Kawamae. Yep OG Bowls ripper.


How old is he? I'm thinking mid-50s easy. Surfs like a kid. Look below: stabbing the wave with back leg nearly extended. I still love a good turn (that's why I also liked your redirect).

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/26/16 03:59 PM

Reid is 1 or 2 years younger than me. 51 or 52. He's a barrel magnet too.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/27/16 02:20 PM

Backwash Fan, Sandys, 6/26/16. Marginal, small conditions, but every once in a while, the elements came together for an interesting moment. In this case, some backwash fanned out a pitching lip.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/29/16 02:25 PM

Walking on Water, unknown longboarder, 6/24/16. Just one of those optical illusions.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/29/16 02:41 PM

<Walking on Water, unknown longboarder, 6/24/16. Just one of those optical illusions.>

You could caption this, "Only a surfer knows the feeling" and sell the posters through tourist shops. Take a stack to one shop and tell them their cost and, you'll return in 2 weeks to replenish the stack. Fantastic capture!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 06/30/16 04:41 PM

Teardrop, Sandy Beach, 6/26/16. I don't think I'll ever get tired of this perspective.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/01/16 03:41 PM

Nick Mita, Bowls, 6/24/16. My lens was zoomed in a bit too tight but it emphasizes the action and redirection.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/03/16 12:16 AM

Blue Pitch, Sandys, 6/26/16. After dawn the rights light up nicely.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/03/16 01:37 PM

Micah-Caleb Kalama, Sandys, 7/2/16. Sometimes during a session a waverider gets into a rhythm and seems to catch all the good waves. On this day, while I was out, it was Micah. Think Maurice also noticed too.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/04/16 03:02 PM

Chiaroscuro, Macy Mullen, Bowls, 7/3/16. Random thoughts: Magic Island was blocked off for 4th of July so the swim was pretty long. Was hoping to meet with a Mainland friend but he was a no-show. Small waves, but there still were some moments, including this abstract one with Macy. Even cloudy days can make for some interesting photos.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/04/16 04:50 PM

That's a very impressive fan. Great angle.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/05/16 03:40 PM

Capucinno Blast, Micah-Caleb Kalama, Sandys, 7/4/16. Pulling into a frothy one on Fourth.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/06/16 03:36 PM

Big Ceiling, Sandy Beach, 7/2/16. Any subtle tilt or angle shift can adversely change the look of a fisheye image in close quarters. In this case, there seems to be a lot more water overhead than normal.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/07/16 02:54 PM

Gold Plated, Sandys, 7/2/16. As the sun rises, shots to the east change color, sometimes rendering a golden hue.

Posted By: WarrenC

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/07/16 03:43 PM

just found you on instagram... following!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/08/16 03:14 PM

Bradyn, Bowls, 7/3/16. Floating.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/09/16 10:25 PM

Unknown (found out Ha'a Aikau), Bowls, 7/8/16. Don't know who this kid is but you can tell he's got some skills.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/10/16 12:07 AM

Ha'a Aikau. Clyde's son.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/10/16 06:50 AM

Ho Ho Ho!!! Mike, Derek, and Mason; Bowls; 7/8/16.





Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/10/16 01:54 PM

Grinder, Sandys, 7/9/16.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/10/16 02:40 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Big Ceiling, Sandy Beach, 7/2/16. Any subtle tilt or angle shift can adversely change the look of a fisheye image in close quarters. In this case, there seems to be a lot more water overhead than normal.


Almost looks makeable... almost.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/12/16 01:47 PM

Gregg Nakamura, Bowls, 7/8/16. "Double-G" back home and back in the game.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/13/16 11:41 AM

Waterspots, Sandys, 7/9/16. We shoot in a dynamic environment with elements seeminly always conspiring to ruin the image. Case in point: just a bit of water on the lens port can ruin a good shot. But at least you can see the pottential.of what could have been.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/14/16 02:06 PM

Nick Mita, Bowls, 7/8/16. A strong surfer riding a strong wave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/15/16 02:26 PM

Small-kine Grumpy, Sandys, 7/9/16. It's not always perfect out there. But sometimes the imperfection makes it just as compelling.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/16/16 12:19 PM

Gregg Nakamura, Bowls, 7/8/16. Crushing the coping.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/16/16 12:20 PM

Missed Opportunity, 7/9/16

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/16 02:33 PM

Turbulence, some NS sandbar, 2/20/16. Taken five months ago, here's one I held back. Has since been eclipsed by other underwater shots. Colors greatly ehanced but still a decent pic.

Posted By: CharmingSophisticate

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/16 03:05 PM

That's frame worthy.
Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/16 03:27 PM

Originally Posted By: CharmingSophisticate
That's frame worthy.


^ this ^
Posted By: afoaf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/16 04:35 PM

do like
Posted By: Hump

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/16 06:52 PM

bowdown bowdown bowdown

cheers

As always Neal..............many thanks.



Take care.
Posted By: Bonzer5Fin

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/16 09:19 PM

I missed that session on the 8th! Damn it. I was at Kaisers probably. teeroi and Jeannie aren't out in the mid day rotation.
Posted By: c_olden

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/16 11:20 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Turbulence, some NS sandbar, 2/20/16. Taken five months ago, here's one I held back. Has since been eclipsed by other underwater shots. Colors greatly ehanced but still a decent pic.



So rad!!!
bowdown
Posted By: Aruka

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/17/16 11:27 PM

Killer photos lately. Thanks for sharing.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/18/16 01:45 PM

Thanks all for the kind words.

Me, Sandys, 7/9/16.



My perspective

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/19/16 02:59 PM

Yet another tube, Sandys, 5/22/16. Looking back a few months.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/20/16 04:36 PM

Snap, Ronnie (thx Troy), Bowls, 7/8/16. Fun one at Ala Mo.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/20/16 10:04 PM

Ronnie Ongos
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/21/16 03:48 PM

Thanks teeroi!

TBT: Special day from a few months ago; the Sandbar; 3/5/16. A transient moment on a transient platform.

Posted By: gui

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/21/16 04:54 PM

Beautiful shots man cheers
Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/21/16 05:03 PM

That is some really 1st class work Sponge! applause2

You could place that shot in a gallery amid work by the greats (Merkel, Flame, Haynes, Noyle, Maassan, Little, Burkard, Etc.....) and no one would bat an eyelash.
Posted By: Joshua2415

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/21/16 05:14 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Thanks teeroi!

TBT: Special day from a few months ago; the Sandbar; 3/5/16. A transient moment on a transient platform.



Amazing photo Sponge! jam_on
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/22/16 02:36 PM

Thanks all. I love the underwater perspective when conditions allow.

Ha'a Aikau, Bowls, 7/8/16. The shot before the one of him tweaking out the tail.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/23/16 09:57 PM

Marcus Biju, Sandy Beach, 7/22/16. Pushing it a little too far at Gas Chambers.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/24/16 12:14 AM

How far is the nearest trauma center? drowning
Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/24/16 12:25 AM

The San D'eggo weather reporter mentioned the surf wil be pounding and something like a 10' high tide coming overnight. I missed most of the report but caught Oahu might get pounded.
Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/24/16 04:12 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Marcus Biju, Sandy Beach, 7/22/16. Pushing it a little too far at Gas Chambers.



I'll take "High Chiropractic bills" for $1000, Alex!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/24/16 02:33 PM

The Nugget, Sandy Beach, 7/23/16. Even though conditions were marginal, there were a few nuggets that came through that made it all worthwhile. Got lucky on a few like this one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/25/16 03:00 PM

Luke DeKneef, Sandy Beach, 7/22/16. Check out how his left leg conforms to the wave pitch.

Posted By: Mr Doof

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/25/16 06:16 PM

How often do you end up at Sandy's?

And when? Always at dawn?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/26/16 03:13 PM

Originally Posted By: Mr Doof
How often do you end up at Sandy's?


It is my default spot during the summer unless there is a decent south swell. Then lots of other spots light up island-wide.

Quote:
And when? Always at dawn?


Pretty much. Minimizes the perceive time away from the family.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/26/16 03:14 PM

Jesse Aurrecoechea, Sandy Beach, 7/22/16. Looking surprised with mouth cam.

Posted By: Driftcoast

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/27/16 02:00 AM

Originally Posted By: Mr Doof
How often do you end up at Sandy's?

And when? Always at dawn?


Just go to your timeshare and leave him alone.
Posted By: Mr Doof

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/27/16 04:41 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Originally Posted By: Mr Doof
How often do you end up at Sandy's?


It is my default spot during the summer unless there is a decent south swell. Then lots of other spots light up island-wide.

Quote:
And when? Always at dawn?


Pretty much. Minimizes the perceive time away from the family.


Hmmm, I wonder if I could leave Ko Olina through Honolulu to get to Sandy's for a dawn patrol, say thanks for all the great photos over the years, go for a swim, and then not get stuck in traffic on the way back to sweet-pie for breakfast.

Probably not? No idea of traffic times there, but I've read commuter hell stories already and have no desire to subject myself to them.

By the way Drifty, I lucked into a free timeshare from a friend who's kids are bored with Hawaii (kids these days and super indulgent parents). Spot was already booked and paid for, now they can't go, and it got offered to me. A last minute, so to speak free-bee that thrifty Mr Doof would be a fool to pass on.
Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/27/16 05:10 PM

.02

Used to live near Diamond Head and work in Campbell Industrial (near Ko'olina). I was lucky (kind of), in that I would leave btwn 3-4am for work, so the only traffic I encountered were the drunks going home! Leaving early enough (430-5am), you would miss the thickest traffic going to Sandys. But, on the way back, you would hit traffic probably the entire way back, until the h2 cutoff maybe. If your sweetie doesn't mind a mid/late morning brunch, do it! Any accidents will have you wishing for A/C, good music, and :smoking: for a long car ride back.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/27/16 05:58 PM

Mr. Doof, just PM me and maybe we can connect. Always enjoy meeting erBBers IRL. I do love the Westside, and was planning to go out there soon to go dolphin-hunting. I'm really busy with work and life so give me a head's up.

As HarryLopez said, traffic can be tough. Right now, it isn't so bad with UH and public/private schools out. On the weekend, Saturday mornings heading into town (both ways) are busier than Sundays.

The Third Wave, Sandy Beach, 7/23/16. The first wave is clean and glassy. The second wave is usually a mix of glass and soup. But the third wave oftentimes is foamy and gurgly. This one is a third wave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/28/16 03:00 PM

Touchdown, Sandy Beach, 7/22/16. A bodysurfer preps for landing in the shorebreak.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/29/16 03:32 PM

Tucked, unknown, Sandy Beach, 7/23/16. Another shot of my kaha nalu brethren. Think this guy is GoProing himself on an overcast moment.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 07/30/16 03:00 PM

Luke DeKneef, Sandy Beach, 7/22/16. Getting deep.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/01/16 04:56 PM

Alexander Irvine, Sandy Beach, 7/30/16. Fun day shooting with the boys.




Brandin Kepa, Sandy Beach, 7/31/16. Making the most of marginal conditions.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/02/16 04:06 PM

Kevin Kalani, Sandy Beach, 7/30/16. Pulling in.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/03/16 12:51 PM

Stepped, Sandys, 7/30/16. My view just before detonation.



me shooting, Sandys, 7/30/16. Thanks Gavin Iwai for the colorful shot and perspective. Taken a few moments prior to my shot above

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/04/16 02:42 PM

Misleading Perspective, Sandy Beach, 7/30/16. No, it wasn't huge; photographs can give false impressions.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/05/16 03:03 PM

Late to the Party, Tyler Juza, Sandy Beach, 7/23/16. No, he didn't make it. But it wasn't for a lack of trying.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/06/16 04:17 PM

Sammy Morretino, Ala Moana Bowls, 8/5/16. Sammy scoring a snug one during the Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour event at Bowls. Action to continue Saturday.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/07/16 04:53 PM

Cordon Stapp, Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour, Ala Moana Bowls, 8/5/16. Small waves, but the kids were making the most of it with some pretty acrobatic maneuvers. This one is called an ARS: air-roll-spin, a two-axis maneuver.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/08/16 04:20 PM

Marcus Biju, Sandy Beach, 7/22/16. Past the point of no return. Also, notice Jacob holding his ground to get the GoPro shot.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/09/16 02:47 PM

me, Sandys, 7/23/16. Shooting a fun one in the shorebreak.



I'm guessing this is the same wave from my perspective
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/09/16 03:28 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Marcus Biju, Sandy Beach, 7/22/16. Past the point of no return. Also, notice Jacob holding his ground to get the GoPro shot.



Yikes! drowning
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/10/16 03:50 PM

Thanks ElOgro!

Alex Kinimaka, Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour, Ala Moana Bowls, 8/5/16. Al is on the foamball wearing an unfunctional haircut.

Posted By: hammies

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/11/16 12:18 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Marcus Biju, Sandy Beach, 7/22/16. Past the point of no return. Also, notice Jacob holding his ground to get the GoPro shot.



That's fukking gnarly! Last time I was on Oahu I went to Sandy's for the first time. I was really impressed by the power of that wave. It was definitely smaller than that pic and I still got my ass handed to me a couple of times.

Mucho respect to anybody who charges that place, or the photogs that put themselves in the impact zone to get the shot.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/11/16 04:18 PM

Thanks hammies!

Throwback Thursday: Unknown, Shipwrecks, 1985. After being orphaned from Brenneckes due to Hurricane Iwa, we had to find another place to surf. Shipwrecks became that spot. Fun, bowly wave and very consistent. This guy was a one-trick pony (dk rights only), but boy could he rip on his Turbo bodyboard. Photo well over 30 years old.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/12/16 02:36 PM

Flashback Friday: March Madness, Ala Moana Bowls, 3/20/2010. Six years ago we had a big, off-season south that lit up Town. Wish it got like this more often.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/12/16 03:05 PM

Yeah Neal. Killing it.

summers past July was the flat month but the last two years August has been bleak
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/13/16 03:30 PM

From the archives: Solo Surfer, Pipeline, 10/28/2013. This evening back in 2013 was epic with great lighting. I stupidly forgot my fins and tried for an hour to borrow a pair on the beach. Ended up barely making it out with one fin, but it was worth it.

Posted By: Bullnutts

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/13/16 07:45 PM

Wow What a beauty. Mahalos for always sharing.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/14/16 03:13 PM

Thanks Bullnutts!

Shards, Sandys, 7/30/16. Neat textures at dawn.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/15/16 04:32 PM

Hazy Rise, Sandy Beach, 8/14/16. Though conditions were far from ideal, managed to snag a few keepers, including this slightly too bright dawn tube.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/16/16 02:41 PM

Shut, Sandys, 8/14/16. Early morning dredger came through.

Posted By: john4surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/16/16 03:24 PM

Damn... Clarity is great, like putting a high wattage light behind an acrylic piece of art. Looks to be shallow where you took this shot. So many nice one's to wake up to! Thanks!!!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/17/16 03:39 PM

Thanks john4surf. Technically a very messy image. Look at all the water/sand distortion, not to mention the deep scratch blurs on the left. Argh!

Dirty Bomb, Sandys, 8/14/16. Those dark, sandy ones are not pretty, but still compelling.

Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/17/16 03:51 PM

Beautiful shots Neal! Makes me homesick for bodysurfing Sandys. Looking to be there near Christmas, and your pictures are flaming the STOCK!

bowdown
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/17/16 04:17 PM

Thanks HarryLopez. Just trying to promote the stock.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/18/16 03:12 PM

TBT: Backlit Beast, Pipeline, 11/17/2005. I remember this session like it was yesterday. Waves were massive for me at the time, and though the backlight from the afternoon sun made the waves look dreamy, the lens flare was overwhelming. Used one of my old Sony DSC-U60 cameras which was an early waterproof digital camera that recorded at 2 megaixels using a 33mm equivalent lens. The camera couldn't really handle the extreme brightness and seared the images with digital distortion. But even that added some charm, not unlike a J.J. Abrams movie.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/19/16 03:01 PM

Hollow Lens, Sandy Beach, 8/14/16. Tagged a really round one that day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/20/16 04:11 PM

Ginger Banner, Sandy Beach, 8/19/16. I think she flew right over me on this one, smiling all the way.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/21/16 02:51 PM

Frame grab, Sandy Beach, 8/20/16. Taken with my Kickstarter-funded Giroptic 360cam. First time trying it out in surf. Need to figure out how to use it, but here's an example of its potential.

Posted By: HarryLopez

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/21/16 03:26 PM

bowdown
Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/21/16 05:48 PM

Wow that's a cool pic, just gotta photo shop that guy out of it. Haha
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/22/16 03:44 PM

Lol teeroi! Unfortunately, with a 360 camera you stuck with that guy. I'm trying to get a helmet mount so there will be less of him to deal with, but the field of view is so broad, you'll still see parts of me.

As for the camera, there are video and still image viewers online where you can "look around." Haven't used that yet. Also, it shoots stills in a higher rez (4K), but the fastest recycle time is 2 seconds (try catching a tube image with a camera that shoots every two seconds). Or it has a 5 second lag from trigger to shot, which is way too long for anticipating a shorebreak tube shot (10ths of seconds).

Beeeg Todd, Sandy Beach, 8/20/16. Getting a little more dramatic than the moment called for. Good times.

Posted By: gui

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/22/16 05:46 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Frame grab, Sandy Beach, 8/20/16. Taken with my Kickstarter-funded Giroptic 360cam. First time trying it out in surf. Need to figure out how to use it, but here's an example of its potential.



beautiful pic sponge!! jam_on bowdown
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/23/16 03:20 PM

"One of the twins," Ginger Banner, Sandy Beach, 8/19/16. That's how she was described to me. Along with sister Jasmine, they enjoy the ocean lifestyle.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/24/16 02:53 PM

More than 180 degrees, Sandy Beach, 8/20/16. Another frame grab from the 360cam.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/25/16 12:19 PM

Throwback Thursday (aka From the Archives): Unknown enjoying the view, Pipeline, 12/24/2006. A look at Christmas Eve, almost 10 years ago. I was still shooting a Canon S80 point and shoot camera. This day was gorgeous with lots of riders and shooters in the lineup. At this moment a bodysurfer was relishing the view with me. Hoping for a similar winter this season.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/26/16 12:52 PM

Vanilla Milkshake, Sandy Beach, 8/19/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/27/16 02:32 PM

Emerging from the churn with Todd floating by, Sandy Beach, 8/20/16. Another frame grab from the Giroptic 360cam.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/27/16 02:34 PM

Explore the frame grab tube in virtual reality. This link does not work with a Safari browser (works with Chrome though).

http://share.360.tv/play&f=FTCT2gA8
Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/27/16 02:41 PM

That thing is pretty trippy Sponge. You gotta take a sec and really think about what your looking at. My brain keeps thinking it's a normal pic (which I'm guessing is 180 degrees or less)
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/28/16 04:51 AM

Not normal Big_Ups. The camera has three lenses and stitches the image in real time. Fun to play with.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/28/16 03:21 PM

Winner Jeff Hubbard, Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour, Ala Moana Bowls, 8/5/16. Way back earlier in the month, Jeff performs an air-roll-spin en route to a victory at the inaugural event.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 08/31/16 04:35 PM

Messy Glass, Sandy Beach, 8/14/16. From a couple of weeks ago.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/01/16 04:49 PM

Throwback Thursday, Jacob VanderVelde, Pipeline, 3/30/2013. Not sure if I posted this here before, but worth a second look. Jake on the foamball on a pristine day at the Pipeline. Looking forward to the winter.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/02/16 02:09 PM

Nugget, Sandy Beach, 8/14/16. Probably only a 3-foot face, but still compellig nonetheless.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/03/16 02:16 PM

Light at the End of the Tunnel, Sandy Beach, 9/2/16. Despite only fair condiitions, there were moments out there that came together. Be careful out there water people with Hurricane Lester.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/04/16 01:19 PM

Kellen Yamasaki, Sandy Beach, 9/3/16. Dropknee bail without much of a net.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/05/16 02:27 PM

Sammy Morretino, Half Point, 9/4/16. Sammy absolutely killed it during his first dropknee heat of the Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour Sandy Beach Challenge. Scored a 9.5 on this ride, exceeding his 9.4 on a previous ride.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/16 09:52 AM

Badass judging panel at the Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour wrap-up of the Bowls Challenge at Sandy Beach, 9/3/16. Kavan, Pat, Keith, and Ben are guys I looked up to in the 80s, and JMV is a solid (younger) rider in his own right. Oh, and unlike Colin Kaepernick, Ben is patriotic.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/06/16 04:48 PM

Yet another tube shot, Sandy Beach, 9/5/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/07/16 12:21 PM

Silver Lining, Sandy Beach, 9/2/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/08/16 12:53 PM

Middle Turn (not a bottom turn), Sandy Beach, 9/3/16. Fun stuff from the weekend.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/10/16 02:26 PM

Getting wet, Hawaii Professional Bodyboarding Tour Sandy Beach, 9/4/16. A passing rain squall got everyone a little wetter.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/11/16 02:31 PM

Marcus Biju, Sandy Beach, 9/10/16. Locked in a small, silvery cave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/12/16 05:13 PM

Eight Inches, Hawaiian Scale; Westside; 9/11/16. Chance um!

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/12/16 05:24 PM

Great shots as always Neal! You're super talented. applause2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/13/16 01:36 PM

Thanks Boneroni.

Overcast Eastern Skies, Sandy Beach, 9/10/16. Taken with the 360cam, you can see why all the shots I took that morning had muted colors.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/14/16 03:16 PM

Tried shooting dolphin with the 360cam. Didn't work out too well.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/15/16 05:05 PM

Mini Grinder, Sandy Beach, 9/10/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/16/16 03:17 PM

Dry Sand, Westside, 9/11/16. 6" Hawaiian scale.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/17/16 09:22 PM

Ripples, Sandy Beach, 9/17/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/18/16 03:16 PM

Kainoa Lono, Pipeline, 9/17/16. Scoring some on one of the first winter swells of the season.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/19/16 05:08 PM

Managing the Chop, Insanities, 9/18/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/20/16 03:28 PM

Kapena Horswill, Pipeline, 9/17/16. Charging on one of the first winter swells of the season.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/21/16 04:49 PM

Chris Simpson, Insanities, 9/18/16. Rare shot of Chris going left despite his GoPro/pole system mounted on his left rail. Even rarer shot of him dropkneeing, which he actually is very adept and doing.



Chris' okole-pointing video system
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/22/16 03:05 PM

Ian and friend, Pipeline, 9/17/16. Always a bit chaotic out there, especially on early season swells.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/23/16 04:17 PM

Derek Miyashiro, Insanities, 9/18/16. Trimming for the future.

Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/23/16 08:34 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Kapena Horswill, Pipeline, 9/17/16. Charging on one of the first winter swells of the season.




mmmmm? I knew a Byron Horswill from Waikiki when growing up there.
Perhaps his son or grandson??
shocked2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/24/16 03:32 PM

Not sure Peter. I'll ask Kapena about Byron.

Standup surfer, Pipeline, 9/17/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/25/16 11:40 PM

Turbulence, Pipe, 9/24/16. Small, marginal conditions, but on the first wave I ducked under, I managed to capture this chaotic scene happening above.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/26/16 03:51 PM

Kanealii Wilcox, Oahu Bodysurfing Championship, Sandy Beach, 9/25/16. Kane eventually got third in Men's Open Handboard, third in Open Men's Bodysurfing, and first in 17-25 Men's Bodysurfing.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/27/16 02:32 PM

UW View, North Shore, 9/24/16. Weird shadow gliding above.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/28/16 02:36 PM

Eric Van Natta, Sandy Beach, 9/25/16. Just before the first heat of the morning all contestants got briefed on the beach. So for a few precious minutes, it was just me and Eric in the lineup.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/29/16 04:26 PM

Throwback Thursday: I believe one of the Gudauskas brothers, 2012 Backdoor Shootout, Pipeline, 1/7/2012. Just a bit too deep.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/29/16 04:27 PM

Keali'i Sean Punley, Oahu Bodysurfing Championship, Sandy Beach, 9/25/16. Looking for a soft landing spot during the mens handboard division. Probably Kanealii Wilcox way behind.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 09/30/16 02:30 PM

Silver Lining, Sandy Beach, 9/25/16. Every cloud has one.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/01/16 06:34 PM

Vortices, Sandys, 9/25/16. I'm going to do some research on this phenomenon to understand it better.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/02/16 02:08 AM

These latest underwater shots are really cool. cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/02/16 03:50 PM

Thanks Big_Ups! Trying to get different perspectives.

Fun conditions for the contest, 9/25/16.



Me, Sandys, 9/3/16, Eric Van Natta photo.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/03/16 02:38 PM

Empty, Sandys, 9/25/16. Yet another empty at Sandy Beach.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/04/16 02:59 PM

Kanealii Wilcox and friend, Oahu Bodysurfing Championship, Sandy Beach, 9/25/16. Kane catches a clean one near the boundry of the contest area, while a bodyboarder pushes to the edge to share the barrel.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/05/16 03:54 PM

Chunky Barrel, Sandys, 9/25/16. No riders to spoil this wave; just another empty grinding upon the shore.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/06/16 02:43 PM

Throwback Thursday: Me, Gas Chambers, 10/6/2001, Buddy Williams photo. Taken exactly 15 years ago (with a disposable film camera no less). Though I pretty much shoot all the time now, I used to fiend over waveriding back in the day. It's all good.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/09/16 01:07 AM

Blast from the Past, Pipeline, 1/8/2012. Couldn't make it out today, so here's an old shot from my favorite shooting gallery.

Posted By: kram

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/10/16 04:50 AM

Thanks for always sharing these great photos Neal. Was at sandys every morning last week, thought i may bump into you and say hi. Keep um coming
Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/10/16 05:55 AM

Me, Sandys, 9/3/16, Eric Van Natta photo.




There are so many quotes, that could go with this simple, wonderful image. rockin

Cowabunga .... as RG, would say.
Knice .... Neal cheers
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/11/16 04:24 PM

kram: Thanks. I'm actually mostly a weekend warrior who doles out photos through the week. Plus, was sick this weekend so I missed the big Country swell.

PPK: Mahalo brah! Love that shot too.

Backlit Empty, Sandy, 9/25/16.


me, Sandys, 9/3/16. In the shallows. Thanks Eric Van Natta for another great photo!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/12/16 12:25 PM

Kanealii Wilcox, Sandys, 9/25/16. Fun little one during the handboard event.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/13/16 02:42 PM

Throwback Thursday, Pipeline, 1/28/2012. Taken during the epic 2012 Volcom Pipe Pro.

Posted By: teeroi

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/13/16 03:33 PM

That's a beauty Neo.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/13/16 04:40 PM

Originally Posted By: teeroi
That's a beauty Neo.


Thanks teeroi. That day was huge, with the contest eventually shutting down due to large surf. Another from that day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/14/16 04:02 PM

Otherworldly, Westside, 3/5/16. Old shot of a surreal moment.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/16/16 01:30 PM

Marcus Biju, Pipeline, 10/15/16. Fun one, shot with a GoPro.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/17/16 03:12 PM

Jonah Kalaikai, Ke Iki, 10/16/16. Mini slabs in the shorebreak.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/18/16 05:04 PM

Sean Enoka (actually not Larry Russo), Pipeline, 10/15/16. Another makule league charger Sean is giving back in a big way promoting the lifestyle/sport with contests and handboards. Underwater view in some murky water with a GoPro Hero 3.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/19/16 04:40 PM

In-Depth View, Ke Iki, 10/16/16. Shot with my old GoPro.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/20/16 04:02 PM

Throwback Thursday: Supergreen Day, Pipeline, 10/20/2013. Taken three years ago, the water was extremely green due to rains. Sometimes your only option is to straighten out.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/21/16 03:21 AM

Foreboding Clouds, me, Pipeline, 9/24/16. When waves break in front, you can usually count on a gap between the turbulence and the bottom. Usually. Sometimes there is no gap, and if so, expect cartwheels and reef rash.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/21/16 12:36 PM

Ever get pushed into one of the caves Turtle talks about?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/21/16 04:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Big_Ups
Ever get pushed into one of the caves Turtle talks about?


Not tucked in completely, but one time half my body went into a puka. Wave energy arched my back so hard I felt it crack, then had a searing heat run down the spine. Scared the s#!t out of me,
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/21/16 04:32 PM

Lance maybe and Charlie Perez Reyes definitely, PL/BD, 10/15/16. Fun, small day on the weekend, shot with the old GoPro Hero 3.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/22/16 02:59 PM

Dawn Patrol, NS, 9/18/16. Even on small days the anticipation level is high to play with Mother Ocean.



Empty, Ke Iki, 10/16/16. Even when small, this place packs a solid punch. I got tired fast (again) shooting this place. Kudos to the regulars who shoot and ride out there.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/22/16 05:52 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Originally Posted By: Big_Ups
Ever get pushed into one of the caves Turtle talks about?


Not tucked in completely, but one time half my body went into a puka. Wave energy arched my back so hard I felt it crack, then had a searing heat run down the spine. Scared the s#!t out of me,


Yeah, that's scary for sure. shocked2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/23/16 03:52 PM

Supergreen, Sandys, 10/22/16. Got my housing upgraded along with a new dome port. Thank you once again Mike Waggoner of Essex Waterhousings. Good photo even on a marginal day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/24/16 08:50 AM

Cylinders, 10/22/16. The tube and the vortices.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/24/16 02:58 PM

Unknown, Laniakea, 10/23/16. North swell wasn't really optimal for shooting at the regular spots, so decided to try my hand with the fisheye at Lani's. Not very successful. In fact, on the way in got stuck in some heavy current. Got a bit panicked but made it in after 30 minutes. Need to reassess my physicality.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/25/16 01:09 PM

Congratulations John John Florence for winning the WSL MEO Rip Curl Pro (Portugal, 10/25/16) and securing the WSL 2016 title. JJF has been touted as a future world champ since his pre-teens, and has realized it at the ripe young age of 24. Good luck at the Triple Crown and Pipe Masters.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/25/16 11:03 PM

Wisps, Sandy Beach, 10/22/16. Didn't look like this at all from shore.

Posted By: Q_Surf

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/25/16 11:17 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
... on the way in got stuck in some heavy current. Got a bit panicked but made it in after 30 minutes. Need to reassess my physicality...


that's a bad bad feeling. went out to padang padang for some storm bodywhomping once and had a similar fright trying to get back in. by the time i reached the beach, my churchills had worn the tops of my feet raw and bloody.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/26/16 04:09 PM

Originally Posted By: Q_Surf
Originally Posted By: sponge
... on the way in got stuck in some heavy current. Got a bit panicked but made it in after 30 minutes. Need to reassess my physicality...


that's a bad bad feeling. went out to padang padang for some storm bodywhomping once and had a similar fright trying to get back in. by the time i reached the beach, my churchills had worn the tops of my feet raw and bloody.


I hear you Q_Surf. Funny thing is that I've tried training myself to relax and not panic. But need to improve my health, which will build endurance and confidence.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/26/16 04:10 PM

Sequence, Laniakea, 10/23/16. Difficult to shoot a point break-ish wave like Laniakea with a fisheye lens. On this shot, was fortunate to have a surfer carve right around me on his way down the line.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/27/16 04:34 PM

Multi-textured, Sandy Beach, 10/22/16. Messy, yes; boring, no.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/27/16 04:43 PM

Very cool Neal! a multitude of textures and colors.

On a day like that, do you have any idea if you got a decent shot before you get back to the beach? Seems like it would be point, shoot, and hope, then sift through everything after. shrug
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/27/16 06:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Boneroni
...On a day like that, do you have any idea if you got a decent shot before you get back to the beach? Seems like it would be point, shoot, and hope, then sift through everything after. shrug


You never know when that shot will come, so sometimes you need to just swim out and see what comes.

Late NS season 2011, windy, bad weather, swells ebbing. This is what it looked like after the session (water drops and all):


But during the shoot, I lined up with a tube shot that highlighted the "marginal" weather. Turned out to be a cool shot, but would never have gotten it if I didn't swim out.


Can't get the shot if you are not there.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/29/16 03:55 PM

Jesse Aurrecoechea, Sandy Beach, 10/28/16. In honor of the upcoming Jackstance Challenge, here's a DK ride at dawn.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/29/16 03:57 PM

Mini-Tornados, Sandy Beach, 10/22/16. Vortices are way cool.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 10/31/16 07:39 PM

Jackstance Challenge, Makapuu, 10/29/16. The Hawaii Bodyboarding Pro Tour ran a specialty dropknee event on Saturday, honoring legend Jack "The Ripper" Lindholm. Got some decent surf and a great crowd. This was a first round ride.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/01/16 05:02 PM

Anticipation, Jackstance Challenge, Makapuu, 10/29/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/02/16 02:55 PM

Chris Simpson, Backdoor, 10/30/16. Later on, I was watching from OTW and Chris got a drainer. This one must've been pretty good too.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/03/16 03:26 PM

Good fun was had by all at the Jackstance Challenge; Makapuu; 10/29/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/03/16 03:37 PM

Chris Simpson uses a GoPro on a board-mounted pole to capture his own rides:


Here's his perspective of the same wave with me about to capture the above picture:
Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/03/16 03:45 PM

Nice shot Sponge! I was actually just wondering what his shot looked like.


And, I've heard it said before, but that wave really just looks like a closeout drowning
must take some serious stones to take off
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/04/16 03:41 PM

Every Frame a Painting, OTW, 10/30/16. For some reason this phrase resonated with me on this picture. Check out the Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/everyframeapainting

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/05/16 03:01 PM

Herman Ano, OTW, 10/30/16. I like the "under the board" angle.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/07/16 05:11 PM

Slabbing, Clark's Cove, 11/6/16. For me it was draining trying to shoot Ke Iki, both physically and mentally. Physically because of all the power we are trying to dodge. But mentally since I was baffled that there were 10 of us shooting, while the day before I was the only guy shooting a major contest. Go figure.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/07/16 05:12 PM

Matthew McGillivray, HIC Pro, Sunset Beach, 11/5/16. He made this barrel, but didn't advance in the heat.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/08/16 02:50 PM

Inside Inside Sunset, HIC Pro, Sunset Beach, 11/5/16. It gets hollow out there but the setup looks so challenging.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/09/16 04:24 PM

Below Sea Level, Ke Iki, 11/6/16. This wave drew water so hard, it almost sucked Tyrone with it.

Posted By: 92122

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/09/16 05:39 PM

Gotta wonder how those pole mounts dont get broke off regularly..??.. Especially in barreling shorebreak.

Originally Posted By: sponge

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/09/16 11:25 PM

Originally Posted By: 92122
Gotta wonder how those pole mounts dont get broke off regularly..??.. Especially in barreling shorebreak...


Chris breaks them all the time. Usually the pole, the joint between pole and camera, and the camera itself. He's been working with Knekt for stronger poles, but acknowledges that the forces are too powerful and something's gotta give.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/10/16 02:54 PM

Olamana Eleogram, HIC Pro, Sunset Beach, 11/5/16. Carving early in his heat (R3H14).

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/11/16 03:11 PM

Better Than Expected, Unknown, Laniakea, 11/10/16. Surf was solid out there, possibly insane today. For one moment, I got that moment of panic at the back of my neck signaling me that I'm not ready for this stuff just yet. Swam for only a little more than an hour before scrambling in.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/12/16 02:02 PM

Big Empty, Westside, 11/11/16. Lots of space in here with the lights still dimmed.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/12/16 03:50 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Better Than Expected, Unknown, Laniakea, 11/10/16. Surf was solid out there, possibly insane today. For one moment, I got that moment of panic at the back of my neck signaling me that I'm not ready for this stuff just yet. Swam for only a little more than an hour before scrambling in.



Inspirational.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/13/16 02:08 PM

Thanks ElOgro!

Christopher Bluthard, Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, 11/12/16. The first jewel of the Van's Triple Crown of Surfing has begun. Chris didn't advance, but did have a few moments. Note jetski sled on the left.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/14/16 03:19 PM

Chris Simpson, Backdoor, 11/13/16. Setting up for yet another barrel, and another video selfie.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/15/16 02:27 PM

Blue Wall, unknown, Holtons, 11/10/16. Big lines on the north swell.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/16/16 04:35 PM

Suck em Up, Westside, 11/11/16. Was not uncrowded.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/18/16 10:40 AM

Throwback Thursday: Pipe Nooner, Pipeline, 11/17/2010: Shot six years ago during a lunchtime session. Her royal badness has had me under her spell for years... decades.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/18/16 04:04 PM

Seabass, above Backdoor, 11/13/16. Kickout apogee looking mauka.

Posted By: Boneroni

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/18/16 10:26 PM

Dayum Neal!!!!!


That is cover shot material right there bowdown

(better put your watermark higher or someone will nab it wink2 cookin )
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/19/16 01:46 PM

Thanks Boneroni. Actually missed an even better opportunity with Seabass. Such is life.

Jeremy Flores, Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, 11/18/16. Taken during R4H2 of the event. Although Jeremy did not advance, he did artfully tag this wave.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/20/16 06:03 PM

Unknown surfboard, Gums, 11/19/16. Very poor day of surf, but I just had to get wet. Just caught the tail end of a guy bailing out (hence water droplets on lens port) to capture this strange moment of a riderless board. Always something to experience out there.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/21/16 07:00 PM

Mitch Crews, Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, 11/18/16. Conditions were messy and challenging, but the pros make it look so easy.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/22/16 05:55 PM

Probably Carissa Moore, Ehukai, 11/19/16. Carving in the chaos, making it actually look manageable.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/23/16 02:40 PM

Mirage, Holtons, 11/10/16. Hazy dream come true.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/24/16 02:13 PM

Happy Thanksgiving all! Here's a lookback to a Thanksgiving weekend session I had 13 years ago:
Thanks (WSD 2003.2) -- 11/29/03


Possibly the fateful ride

"Given the short time we have on this planet, we should be thankful for every wave we ride and grateful for the opportunities we have to help others."

Epilogue: Seven years later (11/14/2010), I met the same guy at OTW. "Met this bodyboarder named Kevin. He asked if I got any shots of him because he had just gotten back in the water after losing an eye at a Westside spot. I started tripping out. I told him that I saw his wipeout and actually was the one who helped him to shore. He had since gotten married and had a few kids. I was so stoked that he had such a good attitude." Forerunners -- 11/14/2010

Aloha everyone, and don't forget to give thanks.
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/24/16 02:52 PM

shaka

Your post before this is pure porno.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/25/16 04:03 PM

Lit, Westside, 11/11/16. When the sun rises over the Waianaes on a clear day, the entire coastline lights up.

Posted By: 92122

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/27/16 05:31 AM

Now THAT is a money shot if you can edit the other guy out. I mean really money, the lighting and colors... I'd frame it.

Originally Posted By: sponge
Lit, Westside, 11/11/16. When the sun rises over the Waianaes on a clear day, the entire coastline lights up.

Posted By: Big_Ups

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/27/16 01:32 PM

Yeah, really cool with all that sand being drawn up and there still being a little layer of clear water and foam over it.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/28/16 04:05 PM

Thanks 92122 and Big_Ups. I kind of like the shot too although there were lots of blurry spots that I tried to fix in the tube.

Drake Hawelu, Pipeline, 11/13/16. Controlled dk takeoff at the Pipe.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/29/16 02:46 PM

Blue Wall, Laniakea, 11/10/16. Everyone else is jealous.



Probably JJF, Backdoor, 11/10/16. Walked the beach after a short swim, caught some world champion playing in his own backyard.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 11/30/16 04:12 PM

Who needs a handboard? Keali'i Sean Punley is boysurfing with his own bodybooarder! Goofing around on the Westside, 11/11/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/01/16 05:06 PM

Just another day at Backdoor/Pipeline, 11/13/16. Welcome to the North Shore; have a nice day!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/02/16 04:59 PM

Kelly Slater, Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, 11/18/16. Pretty sure Kelly rode out of this awkward moment. Just an amazing surfer.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/03/16 05:03 PM

Junky Ehukai, 11/19/16. Even though conditions were marginal, it still looked fun out there.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/04/16 10:49 AM

Pipe Masters Champions Boards, at the World Cup event, 11/3/16. Adriano De Souza signs the prestigious Pipe Masters champions surfboards while longtime Triple Crown organizer Randy Rarick and beach marshall Raymond Shito look on. Just a few more sigs to go. Watch for these boards to be covered at the next event.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/04/16 02:45 PM

Jack Freestone (AUS), Vans World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, 12/3/16. Althoguh much smaller than yesterday, there were still moments of thrill to be had.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/05/16 04:43 PM

Adriano De Souza (not Wiggly Dantas), Vans World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, 12/4/16. The former world champ scored a good one in his R4H2 heat. Thanks Kai for once again giving me a jetski ride.

Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/05/16 06:06 PM

Isn't Wiggoly, a goofy foot ?

cool2
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/05/16 07:31 PM

Originally Posted By: PPK96754
Isn't Wiggoly, a goofy foot ?

cool2


Yup! I screwed up. That is Adriano. Thanks!
Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/05/16 07:37 PM


roflmao applause2

No worry, beef curry ....
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/06/16 04:41 PM

All Contests All the Time! More from the World Cup of Surfing, 12/3/16. The tubes at Inside Sunset are not not there all the time, but when you score one, expect high scores.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/07/16 11:36 PM

Unknown, Sunset Beach, 12/4/16. Pre-contest drop before the lineup was cleared. He must've come in happy.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/08/16 02:14 PM

A few Hos and a few Walshs at the Surfer Awards, 12/6/2016.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/10/16 04:10 PM

No Pipe Masters, OTW, 12/9/16. No contest due to small surf. However, that didn't stop the groms from enjoying the action.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/11/16 03:29 PM

Chris Simpson, OTW, 12/10/16. Coming out of the barrel on a fun day in the Country.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/12/16 04:04 PM

Future Pipe Master, Shane Dorian's son/protege (?), 12/11/16. Overhead and charging.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/13/16 04:16 PM

Brazilian Grom, Backdoor, 12/9/16. Think his name was Chuy or something like that. He was pretty good!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/14/16 02:58 PM

Unknown, Rockpiles, 12/10/16. Every once in a while this spot turns on. Beware of spires of exposed reef.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/15/16 02:42 PM

Carve, Backdoor, 12/11/16. Lots of talent in the water, including this guy.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/16/16 03:13 PM

Adriano surfs fast, Backdoor, 12/9/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/17/16 02:34 PM

Even on marginal days, there are moments to be appreciated, 12/9/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/18/16 03:29 PM

Charlie Perez Reyes, someplace not so easy to get to, 12/17/16. Some fun ones rolled in with Charlie scoring the better ones.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/19/16 03:45 PM

Happening next to the Pipe Masters, 12/18/16. New WSL rule only allows WSL photographers to shoot from the water at prime events. I'm really bummed, but I understand; it was a good run while it lasted. In the meantime, the action nearby was pretty good too.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/20/16 02:15 PM

Misleading Perspective, Eastside, 12/17/16. This wave is smaller than it looks (less than double overhead). Still, this perspective makes it looks impressive.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/21/16 04:23 PM

Gavin Hogan, North Shore, 12/20/16. It's fun shooting with groms because they are so stoked, are "no shame," and most of them want to be photographed. Bottom turn in my face.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/22/16 02:51 PM

Mini-Mokupuni, Eastside, 12/17/16. On this day, the lefts were lining up nicely.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/23/16 04:07 PM

Leon Young, Westside, 12/22/16. Back in the saddle after a couple of tough injuries.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/24/16 05:38 PM

Thanks Again, Pipe, 12/23/16. Very marginal day. However, I once again met this brave surfer. We "interacted" first back in 2003, and met again in 2010. Great to see him again.

Thanks (WSD 2003.2) -- 11/29/03
Forerunners -- 11/14/10

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/25/16 04:13 PM

Claudia Ferrari, North Shore, 12/20/16. Even with an injured knee, she was still scoring some fun ones.

Posted By: PPK96754

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/25/16 08:48 PM

Mahalo for all the support and *Stock* that you bring to the erBB, Neal.

Mele Kalaikimaka to You and Your Ohana!

ppk wave2
Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/25/16 11:48 PM

Originally Posted By: PPK96754
Mahalo for all the support and *Stock* that you bring to the erBB, Neal.

Mele Kalaikimaka to You and Your Ohana!

ppk wave2


Neal is a treasure. bowdown
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/27/16 05:19 AM

Originally Posted By: ElOgro
Originally Posted By: PPK96754
Mahalo for all the support and *Stock* that you bring to the erBB, Neal.

Mele Kalaikimaka to You and Your Ohana!

ppk wave2


Neal is a treasure. bowdown


Thanks guys. I'm honored.
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/27/16 05:25 AM

Leon Young, Westside, 12/22/16. Hurry up brah!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/27/16 02:53 PM

Marcus Biju, Pipe, 12/23/16. Cute one of Marcus doing his thing, in preparation for the big Christmas Day.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/27/16 03:06 PM

On FB I've created a new photo album called "Under Sea Level." Here are some old images from that building collection, giving you a glimpse of what is happening below the surface.

Vortices, Sandy Beach, 10/22/16. Amazing things happen underwater.



Papio's Perspective, PL/BD, 12/11/16.



Maurice Aubuchon, OTW, 10/26/2013. Here's an old shot of fellow photog Mo casually gliding under a breaking wave.



Old shot of Derek Miyashiro, Aint's, 3/1/2008. An early attempt at capturing the action from below.



Glide, Rocky Rights, 4/23/2011. Bodysurfing is the most organic waveriding method, using your body as the planing device. It doesn't get any purer. Underwater view shows the half-in half-out perspective.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/28/16 04:17 PM

Miniglass, Westside, 12/27/16. Waves were tiny, but conditions were great and crowd nonexistent (right Alika?). Dolphins were friendly too.



Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/28/16 04:23 PM

Great dolphin shot!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/29/16 03:27 PM

Thanks ElOgro.

Charlie, Eastside, 12/17/16. Scoring a couple of weeks ago.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/30/16 04:41 PM

Happy Zurowski, Insanities, 12/18/16. Having fun next to the Pipe Masters.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 12/31/16 09:26 PM

What it feels like to get dropped in on while getting shacked; North Shore; 12/20/16.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/02/17 04:13 PM

Grom Nation, North Shore, 12/20/16. Young Gavin Hogan represents the future. Happy 2017!

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/03/17 04:09 PM

Welcome 2017! Hoping everyone health, happiness, and hollow perfection. (From 12/27/16.)

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/05/17 09:27 PM

Christa Funk, North Shore, 1/8/2016 (one year ago). Cool shot of up and coming water photog Christa punching through a wave. Check out all the fish on the bottom too.

Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/07/17 03:36 PM

Sunlit Omilu, Hanauma Bay, 1/6/17. Wasn't really happening out east, so went for a snorkel to stretch the legs. Fisherman's dream.

Posted By: ElOgro

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/07/17 04:05 PM

I looked on my fish chart (kinda limited) and we don't have anything that looks like that here. Is there another name?
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/07/17 04:53 PM

Originally Posted By: ElOgro
I looked on my fish chart (kinda limited) and we don't have anything that looks like that here. Is there another name?


Think it is a blue trevally, a member of the jack family. That day I actually saw a white, a black, and blue papio/ulua cruising together. Diversity!
Posted By: sponge

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/08/17 03:51 PM

Hating on the Roi, Hanauma Bay, 1/6/17. Most divers hate the roi or peacock grouper. Apparently this is an invasive fish introduced to the islands as a food source. However, the roi eats local fish, decimating "red fish" populations. Interesting looking fish though: half polka dotted, half striped.

Posted By: barnod

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/08/17 06:12 PM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Miniglass, Westside, 12/27/16. Waves were tiny, but conditions were great and crowd nonexistent (right Alika?). Dolphins were friendly too.




beautiful!
Posted By: Bullnutts

Re: Neal's Images of the Day - 01/09/17 05:44 AM

Originally Posted By: sponge
Hating on the Roi, Hanauma Bay, 1/6/17. Most divers hate the roi or peacock grouper. Apparently this is an invasive fish introduced to the islands as a food source. However, the roi eats local fish, decimating "red fish" populations. Interesting looking fish though: half polka dotted, half striped.



I believe there are some local spear fishing events to see who can get the most. Saw one a few years back on one of the OC16 div