The 80's The 80’s In early 80’s I decided to get serious about my work. In an effort to familiarize myself with other types of photography, I decided to make a short term move to LA. I worked for fashion and product photographers and even started shooting celebrities for an Australian gossip magazine. At some point that transformed into me shooting swimsuit models. It just so happened that during the same time Surfing Magazine was starting to publish a lot of girls in bikinis. They started taking notice of my work and before I knew it nine out of ten times the images Surfing Magazine used were mine. That led to Quiksilver hiring me to shoot their beach fashion campaign. I really think spending this time in L.A. helped develop me into a well rounded photographer and gave me experience that a lot of other surf photographers didn’t have. I believe this helped set me apart from the rest of the crew. In the end, all that really mattered to me was surf photography and I wasn’t getting enough of it. I moved to Australia for a short time and eventually found my way back to Hawaii. There was a lot of travel during this time. Indonesia, Bali, G-land, Australia. I was being paid to travel to a bunch of spots that were just starting to get noticed. It was a real privilege to have seen all those spots when they were uncrowded and still paradise. As far as surfing goes, it was a pretty wild time. As a sport, it was becoming more professional and was all about contests. There were crazy colorful wetsuits, flashy personalities and rave events that seemed to attract huge crowds. Big wave surfing was starting to get some recognition and this decade would mark the start of the Quiksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. This also happened to be that height of my party mode. How could it not be with MTV cranking awesome music from The Police, The Clash, The Cure, Tom Petty, the English Beat 24/7? MTV was the biggest thing ever. We were throwing massive parties and none would top our annual Mai Tai party. Seriously, it was truly the event of the winter. Everyone knew about it. It never slowed me down though. I still managed to get my butt out of bed and to the beach each morning to shoot. On a side note, by this point, I was using all Canon film cameras and a Century 1000mm manual focus lens. We were swimming out to Pipeline with 36 shots. I had to be selective about what I shot and then I prayed I got it because in those days we had the shot in focus. There was no adjusting focus once I was out there. It was definitely harder but much more rewarding when you nailed the shot. Back then the kings of photography were Jeff Divine, Aaron Chang, Don King and Art Brewer. Bob Marley, Devo, the Police. You could find me at any one of these concerts. I was also listening to English Beat, Tom Petty and The Clash.