Crossing The Border

A few years ago I went on a surf trip to Las Gaviotas, Mexico. It is a very beautiful place with great waves. I am going back next week and I am very excited. In this weeks blog post I am going to talk about my last trip there.

Las Gaviotas is a few minutes past Rosarito and about an hour drive from the border. It is located right on the beach with a great view. Once you get inside the gates of Las Gaviotas you are greeted by a nice chubby security guard and feel like you have gone back in time. The roads inside the compound are all cobblestone and it feels as if you are in Europe. There are lots of lushes plants and an olympic sized pool overlooking the ocean.

Once we got to the house we were staying at, we dropped off our luggage and headed straight for the beach. The waves were great and the weather was perfect.

Statue of Jesus in Rosarito.

My lifelong friend Briggs came with us, and he surfs, so we were in heaven.  Everyday we would get up early and surf. Then we would come back for lunch then surf again. And finally at sunset every night, when the tide was high , we would ride the backwash of the waves hitting the cliffs. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. We would sit on our boards and wait for a big wave to come. Once it hit the cliff it would create another wave which we then rode and would launch off the oncoming waves. This was a lot of fun because the waves would launch you really high in the air and you could do tricks.

On one of the last days of the trip we went into the small town of Rosarito. It was really cool because there was lots of amazing street art.

In Rosarito there were a lot of great places to shop and eat.

Overall this was an amazing trip that I have great memories of, and I am really looking forward to going back there next week.

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Hitting The Slopes…For The First Time

This past week was a really fun one. On Wednesday, the MAD Academy Sophomore class departed for the Sequoias on our annual retreat. I was particularly excited for this trip because there was going to be snow. I haven’t seen snow since I was 5 years old, so hearing that there was going to be snow got me really excited.

When Wednesday came along we got on the Santa Barbara Airbus and departed on our adventure. The ride was about five hours long, but it wasn’t so bad because the bus was comfortable and it was a scenic drive. Once we got into the Sequoia National Park I spotted snow.

Once I saw snow, I knew it would be a really fun trip. Driving through the park on our way to the lodge was amazing. There was an abundance of snow and an amazing view of snow capped mountains. This made me really regret not bringing my camera to capture these moments. Although I had my phone, so I made do.

Once we got to the lodge we all rushed out of the bus and to the snow. Everyone had fun playing in the snow and hucking snow balls at one and other. After this, Dan gathered us together to tell us who we were rooming with. I got roomed with my homies so I was stoked.

The following morning we all got together and went on a nature hike. It was spectacular going through the forest and experiencing all that nature has to offer us. After we got back Dan told us that we would have free time the rest of the day and we could ski, sled, snowboard or do whatever else we want. When he said we could snowboard I got so excited because I had never snowboarded before. My friends and I rushed to the shop to get our snowboard gear. Then we went up the mountain and hit the slopes. After learning for a few minutes I decided why not hit a jump. My friends and I made a jump and it attracted quite a crowd. After some practice I landed the jump.

This was such a fun experience that I could talk about all day. It was nice having everyone cheer me on and teach me.

Overall the retreat was the most fun I have had in a long time and it allowed me to try new things.

Come back next week and I will be writing from a different country and telling a different story.

Venturing Into The Mountains

This week was another week full of cars. On Saturday I ventured up into the mountains to shoot a Mitsubishi Evolution and an s14. In my mind the owner of the Evo, Elijah, has one of the most perfectly built cars. From the rims to the tune, everything done to that car accents it perfectly. I always love filming cars like this because no matter what, I love how the footage turns out. We filmed in the mountain back roads of Montecito, where the backdrop was perfect for filming cars. The grass was green, the sunset was stunning and there was a great view looking over Santa Barbara. It was the most ideal conditions possible for a shoot. Here is a little edit of the footage I got of the Evo…

Along with Eli’s perfectly built Evo, I also shot a really sick Silvia s14. The owner, Charlie, has spent so much time and money on making that car as unique as possible. I really respect people who by a car stock and mod it to make it their own.  Charlie has done rims, air suspension, racing seats, a racing steering wheel, forged internals and every other mod you can imagine. He has a straight piped exhaust, so it is freaking load. I think that his car is one of the most modded car I have ever seen. Every single part on that car is aftermarket. You would have to inspect that car for hours to find a single stock part. I find this so cool because there is no other car in the world exactly like it. The build he has done to his car is a direct expression of himself.  This is what is so cool about modifying cars, every build is different and unique to the owner of the car. Here are a few photos I took of his car, edit coming soon…

The following day I went to cars and coffee…as usual. Except this past weekend there were more cars there than ever before. It was really cool to see this because the first cars and coffee I went to there was no more than 15 cars, and now more than 100+ cars showed up. Here are a few photos I took at the show.

Thanks for reading this weeks post. Come back next week for more content.

The Grind Continues…

This week was a busy one. Whether it was going to car meets, editing videos, or battling in tennis tournaments, I seemed to always be doing something. If you are interested in hearing some of my stories from this week, keep on reading.

Early on in the week I went to another one of the Project Overdrive meets. This time there was twice as many people and twice as many cops. With as many loud cars as there were, it was a given that cops would show up and see what was up. I left before it happened, but I heard word that two cops came not to get anyone in trouble, but to enter in the raffle to win a car detailing kit. I thought it was pretty funny that nobody got in trouble for having too loud of an exhaust or having modifications that weren’t street legal. Other than that, the meet had a great turn out with lots of sick cars. My friend Oliver showed up to shoot some of the cars for his blog as well. Here is the video from the meet…

On the weekend I traveled with the tennis team to Fresno for the California Classic tournament. I really like this tournament because we get to play a lot of different teams from all around California. We played 5 matches against 5 different teams over the period of 2 days. It was a lot of tennis and every match was a battle.  I came through with a few clutch wins, which I was really happy about. I played so much tennis that I wore a hole all the way through my shoe.

By the end of the day my feet were bleeding from sliding on the court and my knees were in pain from falling multiple times, but it was all well worth it in the end.

 

The second day we had to get up at 5:45 am after playing almost five hours of tennis the previous day. We went to Denny’s to get our grub on and then went to our next match. The second day was another battle, and we came out with a clutch win. Overall we got 5th in the tournament and played some amazing tennis.

Come back next week for more stories about my life.

Traveling Through Time

This week I decided to branch out and try a different kind of video; the time-lapse. I have always shot time-lapses, but I have never made an edit with multiple clips. So this week I decided to do just that. Each day in the week I took a time-lapse of something different. At the end of the week I put all my clips together and made an edit. Here were the results…


On the weekend I went up to the mountains of Montecito in search of something good to shoot a time-lapse of. I ended up finding a really good spot where you could see all of Santa Barbara and a great view of the sunset. So, I proceeded to set up my camera gear and shoot a time-lapse. While my camera was running I got my other camera and went around taking pictures. Here are a few of the good ones I got…

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Another Project I worked on this week was an interview with an olympic Triathalete named Andre Barbieri. A while back I shot the interview with him, but this week I decided to finish the video. I shot the interview for my dads sunscreen company Avasol because Andre is a constant user of the product. It was very interesting learning about his life especially because he is an amputee. I thought it was very amazing how he still runs, swims, bikes and surfs so well with only one leg. He told me why he loves Avasol so much and how he came to use it. It was really cool hearing him so grateful for having a product that does not harm him or the environment.

Shooting interviews has always been something I have really enjoyed because it is so interesting hearing peoples stories and how they came to do what they do. Shooting interviews is always a rewarding experience, especially when it is someone with such an amazing back story like Andre Barbieri.

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The interview will be coming out sometime in the next coming weeks, so make sure to stay posted…


I hope everyone enjoyed this weeks blog post. Lots of goods things to come, so make sure you come back next week.