Last Tuesday morning the whole island of Oahu was buzzing. Everyone was up early anticipating the news, at 7:00 am on the dot we all got word that "Eddie's a Go". Thousands rush to Waimea Bay to witness this rare moment. The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, this surf contest has only ran 8 times in the last 25 years and 5 years since the last one. It's because of it's unique requirements of a consistent 40 plus foot wave rolling into the bay. Everything fell into place and made a memorable day of surfing.
60 year old Clyde Aikau, brother of Eddie, about to go tackle a wave. Clyde won the second Eddie in 1987.
Big wave rider Jamie O'brian just out of the water.
Posted by Matt Mallams at 12/10/2009
About finished with journal 22, my brother got it for me as a Christmas present last year, so it's been my 2009 journal. It busted out of it's seams the other day, which is a good thing, it means I'm doing my job, but I had to give it a belt to keep it together.
Here's a 360 degree view of it.
Posted by Matt Mallams at 11/17/2009
Every year in October I make a trip out to New York and I never leave without doing some exploring around the abandoned resorts of the Borscht Belt in the Catskills Mountains. The 250 square mile area contained almost 1000 hotels, which now most of them lie in a state of urban decay. The area was a popular vacation spot for Jewish people in and around New York City from the 1920s through the 1960s. During the late 60's the resorts started to see a decline of guests, because the cost of an airplane ticket to Vegas became the same price as driving upstate. Plus the invention of the air-condition made it more bearable to stay in the city all summer.
This year I visited the Grossinger's, one of the more famous resorts in the region. During it's peak the complex had around 35 buildings, and hosted 150,000 guests a year. I had a blast trespassing my way through 8 storey's of abandon rooms, the green house and one of the most sublime places of all the Borscht Belt, the Grossinger's indoor pool.
Posted by Matt Mallams at 10/26/2009