Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Paddle Board Bliss

This is a simple shout out to Taylor at She has contracted me to put together some videos for her company. Paddle Board Bliss does it all! They rent boards and offer yoga classes out of their shop in Newport which is called Shore. They have SUP lessons, SUP yoga lessons and SUP yoga teacher training as well. From where I'm standing she's kicking @ss. Great job and thanks Taylor! Here's just a few of the videos I've filmed and edited for her. Peep all the videos here:

Friday, January 24, 2014

When The Waves Get Big...

There's something about being in the water when you  know that the Maverics comp in going up a few hundred miles up the coast. The same energy is in the water. You almost get that feeling that you're dropping in on a twenty foot barrel that heaving right behind  you... then you look up and it's really only a foot or two overhead. But it's still bigger than your average day in the sea.

With that being said, a few things happen in the line up that aren't seen from shore. I'll bring them up here and hope that they'll help out when the waves get big again.

1. Know you skill level. Even though there's a channel and paddling out is easy, you still have to contend with someone screaming down the line on a piece of equipment that can chop up your wetsuit and your body parts. If you think it's too big for you to be out there, it probably is.

2. Taking one for the team. When the big sets roll in, and you're caught inside you have two options... paddle for the safe channel or do nothing and get smashed by the white wash. Here's the part that requires you to think a little. If you're on the inside and someone is coming down the line on a monster set wave, now you only have one option... get out of the way! The person on the wave waiting a long time to get this wave and for you to be in his/her way, well... its not good. What do you do? Take one for the team! If you see the person coming down the line and you're paddling your ass off to get to the channel then you realize that you're going to be in that person's line, stop and start paddling your ass off in the opposite direction. Yes, paddle towards the whitewash. By the time, the wave rider gets to where you are, they would've passed you by and you're out of their way. Yes, you're going to get smashed by the white wash. And you may end up all the way back in. But that is better than facing a mouthful of anger from the wave rider that you've barred.

3. Sit back and enjoy. I remember going out at Pipeline and sitting in the channel and watching a few waves go by and just being in awe at mother nature. Then I jumped in the mix and got a few great waves at Backdoor. When I was finished catching waves, I came in at through channel again. I sat in the channel again and watched Pipe do her thing. I suggest sitting back and watching a few as well.

4. Finally... don't drop in. I don't think I have to get into this one. It should be obvious.

Have fun.

See you in the water.

It's okay to sit back and watch. Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Shore Thing

I have to give huge thanks to Bishop over at a Shore Thing Cafe in La Jolla. Bishop along with his business partners took over what used to be Squire's Deli in La Jolla. They did an awesome job to transform it into a quaint 'surf' deli / cafe.

Needless to say, the food and drinks are superb. But the thanks goes for the opportunity for me to showcase my images in the cafe. I'll be updating what's in there now as I continue to shoot La Jolla Shores. It also helps that I'm sitting on years of great surfing images of riders of La Jolla Shores.

Thanks again Bishop and the Shore Thing Cafe crew!

Now, go eat and check the images...

Location: 8080 La Jolla Shores Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

Monday, December 2, 2013

Re Inventing Manny V

For the last two years I've been very fortunate to commentate the IBA Bodyboarding World Tour. Unfortunately, that epic job has ended in early 2013 but there is a tiny glimmer that the IBA may return in 2014. I can't wait for something that isn't a 100% certainty. I've got bills to pay.

I did a talk for Urban Surf 4 Kids during summer and my intro from Wes was pretty cool. He mentioned that to live the lifestyle I have, I'm able to 're-invent' myself year after year. I thank him for that.

To keep my spirit and sole alive in 2014, I'm going to focus on the things I love... photography and surf travel. My wife and I have been working on our wedding photography site and it was then when we realized, 'we got this.' Together, we've capture many of friends' weddings and we're, along with the bride and groom, are very happy with the final product. We already have a few bookings for 2014. I'm stoked. So if you have friends getting married please refer them to our site and to me directly. Much appreciated.

Surf travel... yes! As you may or may not now, I love the ocean. More specifically, I love riding waves, photographing wave riders and sharing that stoke with others. I've been putting trips together since 2003 and loved every minute. In 2014, I'm going to focus more than ever to deliver the stoke that comes with traveling to find empty perfect waves. The Baja Weekenders will running all winter and spring months then selectively through the summer (depending on Wedding gigs). My website should be completely finished by the end of this week.

Come 2014, I would love to see you coming down the aisle or slotted in the pocket of a perfect wave. Either way, hit me up and wish me luck people! Get ready 2014, Manny V is coming atchu full steam.

Allison & Matt's wedding in Baja, Mexico.

Keeping the dream alive. Los Cabos, Mexico.

MannyVTours... let me be your guide to paradise.