When my man and I planned a trip back to the Big Island it was centered around going to one of the valleys on the North Kohala Coast. We original planned to hike/kayak into the valley, camp all weekend, and test out our new FLIR FX camera. Little did we know a tropical storm was on its way. So rather than trek into the valley with the potential of being rained on all weekend, we decided to search for waves instead.
Not the same as planned out trek but definitely just as adventurous [and much more spontaneous!]
I don't typically surf big waves [I prefer small, glassy days that are suited for trimming and nose-riding.] But the boys do. So whenever there is swell I like to tag along for the adventure. We hit up three different surf zones on three different parts of the island on three different days. All on a quest to find the best waves. I would tell you where we went but you're going to have to guess for yourself. If you know, you know. That's what makes the Big Island so special.
Personally, I love the process of getting there and documenting each journey from my perspective. It doesn't really matter how good the waves are, just as long as I get to capture the story behind the journey.
And in that photographic process, I've been trying out this new action camera [also used as a security camera.. score! Two for one!] with the waterproof casing.It has a crazy good battery life and the images have been turning out pretty dang good for being a small camera! I usually shoot with my regular DSLR and water housing but decided to take this little camera out for a spin too. Unlike other cameras, it can take long, continuous video without shutting down or dying. The buggah has a 4-hour battery life! I mounted the little housing on my longboard and recorded an entire surf session without any problems [and I swear having a camera mounted on the nose of your board motivates you to surf better.. and get to the nose a lot better too!]
I think having a small, packable action camera like the FLIR FX is pretty necessary nowadays. For adventures, hiking, camping trips, traveling, and anything else that requires a lot of moving, its the perfect little gadget. It's an easy and efficient way to document a trip without dealing with bulky camera gear. And having waterproof capabilities is pretty key. The fact that I can take it in the water when the waves are big and only have to worry about getting pounded.
By the end of our "surf" trip, I was fried. I am not lying when I say I had sunburn on my sunburn. But it was all worth it. We surfed everyday, went on a couple hiking/surf missions, went down to the valley for the day, and all had our fair share of waves. It has probably been one of the most adventurous trips I've been on the Big Island in a very long time. And thanks to my new gadget, I have the photos and video to prove it!
Chasing Waves. Big or Small.
*[There are few features on the FLIR FX that I didn't get to try out while we were out adventuring but cannot wait to use at home. The FLIR FX was originally designed as a security camera, has night vision [Yes, night vision. How cool is that??], continuous shooting, and Wifi capabilities. You can access the footage on your camera, from your phone, miles and miles away. I cannot wait to mount it in our living room and spy on our dog while we're gone. Hehe.]
Photos by Tyler Rock + Jensen Young Sik + Me