Live Within. Within Films.Being in Cali for these past months has been fun. Different as well. It definitely wasn't expected. I suppose sometimes life is like that.
My good friend Eric Schnitzler decided to make a pit stop here for a week before heading over to the Big Island. It's always nice to see good friends that you only get to see, at most, once a year. Eric is definitely one of the most talented filmers and video editors in bodyboarding. He put out a couple films - The Drift and Within - on DVD years ago, but he is most renowned for revealing the raw surf talent in Tahiti through his Within webcasts.
In a world that goes with the grain, his style both as a person and in his editing goes against it. While the rest of this sport is infatuated with the Aussie-centric style of waveriding, with their bleached hair, tight jeans, and indie soundtracks, Eric exposes the underground talent in bodyboarding, be whatever that entails. Of course, in doing that there has naturally been backlash from those that would rather leave the stones unturned in order to keep the spotlight directed at themselves. But truth is truth and someone has to be the man in the cape, the bearer of bad news ... or good news?
That much said, we linked up with a little bit of swell while he was here. Little bit of swell translates into a lot of swell by California standards. It wasn't pumping but was fun. And we were on it as much as we could.
The first couple days we hung around and filmed in the Seal Beach and the OC area, while the last day we ventured around LA and eventually ended up in Oxnard. Cool thing was that the winds were good on the latter day. Santa Ana winds were howling. While we didn't surf a whole lot, we did do a lot of spot checking, venturing around, and talking story along the way. Good adventures!
Myself in a bowl at Seal Beach. Frame by Within Films.
Linked up with friend Justin Enright at Seal.
Nainoa Steward invert in south OC. Frame by Within Films.
Whale scooping into one in south OC. Frame by Within Films.Eric, Stickney and his family, Chantony and I hung around south OC on his last day. We dug out one of the rivers, rode the standing wave, and played in the sandbar right in front of were the river drained out for a half hour. Surf wasn't amazing or anything, but new things, new experiences in new places always gets a thumbs up in my book.
Stickney getting a cool angle of me slippin' into one.Bon Voyage to Within's main man! Give his Facebook page a follow - Within Films