The 90's The 90’s By the 90’s, I was pretty well embedded into the surf scene. I had spent the early 80’s sharpening my photography skills in L.A. and figured out that life does exist outside of the of Hawaii but that the North Shore was home for me. This couldn’t have been a more perfect arrangement. I spent my winters on the North Shore shooting the 7 mile miracle and the summers traveling around the world. The contest scene was no longer looking for locations that attracted the largest crowds but now was all about the biggest and best waves. This is when my career really took off. Although I was still working as a freelance photographer, clothing companies were sending me all over the world to shoot surf and the surf lifestyle. This allowed me to be one of the first photographers to shoot a lot of locations like Tahiti and the Mentawais. Quiksilver and Billabong were sending me to contests all over the world. There were only a few of us photographers that were lucky enough to be sent around the world. I loved this era. There was no social media, no computers, no online articles, it was all about the magazines and getting printed. You traveled to your destination, went out and shot and prayed you got it. There wasn’t a little black screen on the back of your camera to look at. You would go home and get your film developed to see what you have, send shots off to the magazines and then a month later you saw what they decided to run it in all the mags. It was pretty rad and very rewarding. It was like Christmas once a month. This was also the decade I started my life long obsession with shooting underwater surf images. There’s something about capturing a world we aren’t supposed to be in that I really like. In the early to mid 90’s, life was simple, even magical. It was truly the golden age of surf photography. They also brought along with them family. I had my first child, Jesse and by the end of the decade I would be married to my wonderful wife, Shawna, with my one and only daughter, Te’a, on the way. Musically all I remember was Pearl Jam and Jeff Buckley.