Happy Birthday Wayne-O! A true soul surfer and shaper – perhaps the nicest teddy bear of a guy you’ll ever meet – Wayne began surfing in the “golden era” of SoCal surfboard building. Mentored by Dan Bendiksen (head shaper of Bing Surfboards) at age 9, Wayne would later be influenced by the likes of Renny Yater and the late John Bradbury. A few years ago Wayne was able to pay tribute back to the master shapers as he won the “Sacred Craft” shape-off honoring Renny.
A painted Japanese Daruma is in the shaping room at the far left in the photo above. Hand-made by a monk and given as a gift, Wayne painted the the first eye while making a wish. Once the wish is fulfilled he’ll paint in the other eye and bring the daruma back to the monastery where it will be burned in a ceremony.
Just over 5 years ago, Wayne was riding Rincon in one of the biggest swells in recent history. Barreling down a double-overhead tube, the wave exploded over him, driving him down into the depths. His body went numb as he felt his neck crack. Temporarily paralyzed, he was at the mercy of the waves breaking over him. Dragged into the bay and onto shore, he didn’t realize the extent of the damage till much later…he continued surfing with a ticking time-bomb, not realizing the damage between his fifth and sixth vertebrae. He reflects back on those weeks that he was still surfing overhead waves, realizing now that one whiplash would have paralyzed him for good. Months later with the support of the surfing community and the late Kevin Brown, extraordinary physical therapist, Wayne underwent a gauntlet of surgeries and rehab. His doctor still shudders when Wayne tells him surf’s up at Rincon – and that’s where you’ll find him, a big grin on his face.
The Elder Athletes series is a personal project that began in January 2013 - A new series on athletes and those that have had a passion for their sport for scores of years…and still kick butt of those younger than them..click the “Elder Athletes” tag below to see more.
Can a vehicle be built which can go directly downwind, faster than the wind, powered only by the wind? The obvious answer is no. Rick Cavallaro proved yes and created quite a ruckus almost three years ago with the Blackbird – a craft that looks like a modern windmill planted on a cardboard drag racer. As articles in Wired magazine have pointed out it’s a counterintuitive concept that “can cause world renowned physicists to throw their Nobel prizes in fits of rage”. After settling the matter for not only downwind but also upwind, that craft is now gathering dust in the backlot of Sportvision where Rick is Chief Scientist. Sportvision created the glowing on screen hockey puck for the NHL – and the yellow first down line shown on NFL broadcasts.
I photographed Rick for Georgia Tech’s Alumni Magazine at Sportvision’s headquarters in Mountain View, the heart of Silicon Valley. That link will take you to a great story, just four of the eight pages are shown below. Rick is a remarkable man: strawberry Pop-Tarts for breakfast every day and an appetite for even greater risks in the mountains and in the sky. As Rachael Maddux writes: “It’s the knowledge that taking risks – and getting a little roughed up in the process – is pretty much the only way to accomplish anything remarkable.”
Three operas are being produced for the upcoming 2013-2014 season which kicks off in the fall. Puccini’s Tosca, Menotti’s mid-century The Consul, and Verdi’s Fallstaff which features an aging knight, the portly, horny rascal of Windsor, shown in the final image for the campaign below.
As luck would have it a real knight was our model-for-a-day for the operatic knight : Sir Richard Aberle.
This issue arrived last week: it was a wonderful experience photographing Eckhart. From the first contact with the editors and on through planning, shooting, and edit. I previously posted some behind the scenes shots and some notes while scouting and getting to know Eckhart. This cover was voted on by the Facebook community of Spirituality & Health magazine with three options to choose from. My favorite is the last shot of the afternoon which is the opening inside spread. In Eckhart’s words “Life is now…it’s through the the very challenges of daily life that you become more motivated to awaken…the answer lies within rather than obtaining more possessions, or achieving this or that, or changing the world out there…”
Thanks to Nelson Carmichael for capturing the shot of me a few nanoseconds after I took the picture below it (I was shooting with a 24mm wide angle lens). That’s Natalie Pearl, heading downhill really fast. Nelson won a bronze medal at the ’92 Winter Olympics in Freestyle and holds two World Cup Grand Prix Mogul Championships. Nelson also holds a camera really well. Here’s the recent post with more images from that shoot: Gearing up for the Winter Olympics.
The May 2013 issue of Fitness Magazine is now on newsstands and tablets near you…