Kite champ from Bonaire, Christiaan Zweers, tells/shows us what kitesurfing means to him.
This afternoon I picked the Windsurfing Team Riders up right after their school ended. We drove to the boat and left towards Fuik Baai.
The initial point was to just get some nice footage of them and their new gear in Fuik Baai, but soon we had plenty of footage all the way down to where we docked the boat again.
Then jumped in to begin their session.
They did many impressive tricks on the way down.
Then it was time to surf out of the bay and onto the open sea where insane performance continued.
After a short pit-stop at the Hyatt Regency, they continued through Spanish waters and back towards where we docked the boat.
It was a great afternoon and I've got tons of footage left to go through!
Another afternoon set out for filming and photographing some new SEAVAL BeachStyle products at the Santa Barbara Plantation.
The sky was clear and the time was right, so I picked The Team up from school and we headed over to the Santa Barbara Plantation to photograph some new products! We were surprised at the gate when they told us the plantation was closed to locals for the week(end) because it was full of famous artists for this weekend's North Sea Jazz Festival. Luckily, it's a small island and we knew someone on the inside.
It was a very nice day for a photoshoot and we played around various landscapes according to the products we were featuring. We also got some great video of longboarding sessions that i'm looking forward to checking out and posting soon!
Here we have Kaj, one of our Team Windsurfers, chilling in a tree on a gold course. Whatever it means, the scene just looks chill, and along with action sports, that's what these guys are all about.
I know we have some very talented team members but Felix continues to surprise me with his insanity. As we were filming a rider pass by the camera on a longboard I yelled to Felix to do a backflip, to my surprise, he just did it right there and then, and we got it on tape!
It was nice to see the riders innovate on the shots we could take. The image above was Kaj's idea after he saw Felix do a back flip, he thought it would be a funny scene with our iconic Table Mountain in the back and his illusion of floating in mid-air.
The shoot was a lot of fun and we made it across many miles of great spots for both video and photography.
I quickly grabbed these images from our files, but still have tons to go through. I'm looking forward to it!
(btw, check out the thumbnail photo of this post, click the one above to enlarge)
I've been looking forward to today's trip all week hoping that there would be beautiful blue skies and steady wind. Although the wind decided never to show, we still had a blast on and in the crystal clear waters of Klein Curacao.
This is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world and hands down for Curacao territory. I knew it would be a perfect place to shoot for BeachStyle regardless of whether there was wind or not; the clear waters, clean sand, iconic lighthouse and an old shipwreck in the background helped make it so.
We shot some video and took lots of great photos with the great scenery. The Team was able to enjoy a few slight gusts of wind and worked on some light-wind tricks which are also always impressive, especially for those who have tried to stand on one of those freestyle boards without moving.
It was such a clear day that we could see three countries around us; not common.
Below you can see Curacao behind Felix and Kaj as they chill by their sets and are obviously still in Klein Curacao waters.
To the right of the lighthouse in the following picture you can see Bonaire; a nearing island with a population of almost 16,000.
On the other side of the camera you can see Venezuela's mountains. I don't have a picture but here's a photo of a curious turtle instead.
I took the above picture right when we arrived. This little guy approached the boat to check out what was up and popped his hard little head out for a deep breath before disappearing back towards the lively reef. There are a few patches of sea grass where tons of young sea turtles feast on 'turtle weed' and for the rest they seem to be aimlessly swimming around just to make this location even more enjoyable.
I wish I could have made a dive or at least went free diving today...
I really wanted to enjoy a kite session today, at least for a few minutes, but the wind never picked up enough to make it worth while. So I borrowed Felix's windsurf set and tried my hand at that, that's sure been a while! In addition, we made sure to enjoy every last second we had in the area by snorkeling, taking pictures, shooting video, jumping off the tower and simply enjoying the perfect sea & sun destination by laying in the water and chilling.
We brought a friend and photographer Stef Anemaat who took many of these great pictures. This picture above of Felix diving into the blue is pretty badass in my opinion.
So here we lie in a Caribbean paradise, miles away from civilization and worry where it remains clear why so many people ask me why I ever wanted to leave this place, and especially, for Boston. Naturally, I have my answers.
Of course, the fun does not end there. After accepting the fact that we couldn't stay on Klein Curacao forever we dragged our burned and salty selves back to Curacao and wrapped everything up. The next destination for most of us was one of Curacao's biggest events, surely the biggest in music; the North Sea Jazz Festival! Above you can see the sunset behind the beach on which this colossal event was held and below you can see the stage featuring Mana.
This was the second night of the festival which included artists like Santana, Alicia Keys, Mana and many more, and I definitely enjoyed the show! As surprise MC we had Jandino an Antillean comedian who is very popular now in Holland with the 'Dino Show.'
It was a long night after a long day and with this group of great people, I enjoyed every second of it!
I love my job!