Rough Day At The Office

Rough Day At The Office
Sailing upwind in 22knots at the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Nice, France

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Making Waves at East Cape, New Zealand

I was really looking forward to my surfing break away before I had to start work on the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta early March. Heading down to the Bay of Pleanty first to stay with friends and pick up my boards and then down through Whakatane. A few days before I arrived in New Zealand there was good size cyclone that had passed through Rarotonga and then down through Tonga. It had produced some awesome surf for almost 9 days on the East coast and every suffer (including myself) I came across seam to be making the most of it and the glorious warm weather.
Here is a small extract from

Powerful winds are ripping off roofs, tearing down trees and power lines and cutting communications with the capital, as Cyclone Rene lashes Tonga.

"We don't know the extent of the damage right now, though there are no reports of serious damage or injuries," the South Pacific nation's National Disaster Office deputy director, Mali'u Takai, said.

Nadi Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre's Alipeti Waqaicelua said the Category Four cyclone was not expected to leave until tomorrow night or early in the morning.

"As far as Tongans are concerned they would not be out of the woods until tomorrow morning," he said.

Earlier the office warned that the cyclone could "increase to very destructive hurricane force."

My thoughts go out to all the Pacific Island and the local people who have to deal with this type of disaster and it is amazing to me that the waves that smashed in to these small islands make their way across the South Pacific for surfers to enjoy in New Zealand.

Information on contributions to this disaster

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Back in God's Own Country

Just arrived in my home land of New Zealand with a great flight down on Air New Zealand (Thanks Guys).
I will be working for Louis Vuitton most of March with Bobby G who will be joining me at the end of February. I came down three weeks early to visit family, travel, surf and shoot a bit of this counties outstanding scenery. Not far from the farm where I am staying is a very famous wine area and black sand beaches that stretch for about 50 miles or so. There is a Gannet colony at the near by beach Muriwai and on the cliffs above Maori Bay you can get quite close to them on the look-outs and also look down on to the local surfers.
This place is so stunning and I never get sick of visiting this truly wonderful spot.
looking forward to tasting some of the wine from over 20 vineyards in this area.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tee Time with Bobby G

A favorite among golf fans is John Daly as he blasts out of the trap on the 2nd hole on the North Course.
Ryuji Imada does a helicopter spin with his driver on the 7th tee.
Brandt Snedeker out of the trap on the 6th hole.
Robert Allenby of Australia coaxes a putt on the 2nd green for a birdie.
Ben Crane is the over all winner and takes home the trophy and $954,000

Bobby G was on the golf course at Torrey Pines Golf Course · La Jolla, Calif to shoot the Farmers Insurance Open PGA Tour.
These are just some of the celebrity golfers that he shot on this job. The total purse for this tournament was $5.3 million.
Shooting golf is so far removed from all the regattas that Bobby shoots each year and being on the water, but he loves this event and the players love him which reflects in all of his images.
Nice work buddy.