Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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
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. www.MVweddingphotography.com.
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 www.MannyVTours.com 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.|
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
This was a special trip for the SDSL crew but will be implementing this quick escape to Northern Baja, my backyard, for everyone to take advantage of.
Be ready, it's coming.
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|The ladies chillin' after a morning surf.|
|Nothing like an ice cold Pacifico after a surf. Corina.|
|I have to thank Jill for throwing on the Ray Mysterio wrestling mask to get the shot.|
|The crew watching the sunset at K-58.|
|Marley had the most style on the trip.|
|Case of ice cold Pacifico on the mandatory list.|
|The San Diego Surf Ladies.|
|Nancy handing over the Surf Monkey Award to the first recipient, Jill.|
Monday, September 2, 2013
We ended the night with an awesome performance from our man MC G-Nutz. Robbie G threw down a great performance at the Hard Bar. We're always left wanting more freaky-funky-delicious-ness every time.
You know that saying, "What ever happens in __________, stays in ____________." Well, the Jungle Cruise is one of those situations. I could tell you that all the images on www.MannyVPhoto.com Jungle Cruise gallery all the ones that were taken with my camera. But to be honest, I had to remove quite a few before uploading. I think with the this year's theme of 70's Porn Stars kinda reverberated through the three hours on the water.
I do have to thank the group of ladies from Los Angeles that made this year's three hour all-you-can-drink tour a very special one. Thanks to Alex for manning the mic and everyone else for making it a very unique one. I'm going to stop right now and let the images do the rest of the talking.
|Richard wins the 'Porn Star' of the Jungle Cruise Award!|
|MC G-Nutz throwing it down at the Hard Bar.|
|Before leaving the dock, I think everyone knew this wasn't going to be your normal sunset cruise.|
|Cesar always cool and calm.|
|WTF. We were in a public area weren't we?|
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013
|(L to R) El Jack 59 years young. Billy Thiel ready. Jay preparing. Damian being Damian.|
|Shade... on land and in the water.|
|Carly was on fire this year. She came. She saw. She kicked ass!|
I do have to admit... the 15-20 minute walk in the early humidity to the break and the same walk with the same humidity but with added blazing sun really sucks ass. It's a hike. I think that's has to something to do with the break being empty every time. I would do that walk for empty perfection any day of the week.
|The locals come our firing. Hugo Collins on one of many barrel rides.|
|A must after every session... Chostimo burritos.|
There's over 12 hundred images ready for download on the Manny V Photo website. Enjoy.
Monday, August 26, 2013
As I was going through photos of day three of Cabo Freak Fest, it hit me. I have to gear up for another Cabo adventure... Cabo SUP Surf! For now, peep what's coming in October. http://supmex.com/index.php/sup-surf-adventures/cabo-sup-surf
Thursday, August 22, 2013
|Billy Thiel - Cabo Freak Fest One3 Belly Flop Champion|
|Richard, Ellie and Cynthia enjoying the view.|
|Damian and Hugo Collins lining up.|
|Cameron Steele making it look easy. Text book: No spray in the face and clean.|
|The locals doing their thang.|
|Self portrait with the one of the two pongas.|
Saturday, August 17, 2013
What can I say? I'm trying to report on day one when its day 3. Basically there is not enough time in the day to give you the play by play in real time. So I'll give you the sunrise from today and put something together for you by tomorrow. Wait, as I was sitting here about to press post, Richard and Ellie walked down ready for the Jungle Cruise. Off for more madness.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
|After. Yeah, got crazy on this one.|
|Before. Using my HTC One S phone with the HDR effect.|
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
|I snagged this image from the Kahuku Bodyboarders FB page. Go LIKE 'em.|
Monday, June 10, 2013
I've had the pleasure to shoot pro bodyboarders pretty much all the time. I can count on them to pull into every single barrel whether is over shallow sharp reef or concrete hard sand. They're a little concerned about hitting the water housing with their mugs than I am getting hit by them. Once, they have the trust that I will not let that happen, we score.
Surfers and longboarders, they're more worried about running me over. Or it could be that most have never shot with a water photographer before. Either way, my goal is to get close and not get run over. I did get run over by Sean Fowler in Baja Malibu during a session in 2-4 feet. It was all my fault. I mis-read his line. He pulled in at the last minute as I was expecting him to annihilate the lip with a turn. In fact, anyone that tells me that they're afraid of running me over, I make it clear, "If you run over me, it's my fault." I have to encourage some to actually try to run me over so I can get the shot I'm after. Again, once that trust is solidified, game on.
SUP surfers... new challenge, new fun. John Ashley listened when I said get closer during one of our sessions. He has been the only one to hit my lens port on my waterhousing. Luckily, it was only a scuff and it was off center. Lesson learned... I have to be a chameleon and keep one eye on the board and one on the paddle.
Enter Sean Poynter. If you've kept up with my blog posts, we've scored a cover shot on Standup Journal magazine. I was stoked and so was he. I remember that session clearly. Big gaping barrels closing out on the low tide sand. Epic. Whenever he's in town, I always hit him up to shoot. Why? New challenge, new fun. Sure it helps that he fears nada and will trust that I will get close for the shot and not cause a collision. One main thing he does that I appreciate, actually its a couple things: 1. Because he's on an SUP board, he's able to spot the set waves sooner than I can so he'll give me a yelp or holler to let me know they're own their way; and 2. We communicate even when he's on the wave. I will do my best to predict was he's going to do and he knows this. But if decides to switch it up, he'll throw me an audible and tell me what he's going to do. In most cases, it's going to be a round house around me instead of smashing the lip right in front of me. To me, that's pro status.
When I was doing the pro bodyboarding thing back in the 90's, photographers appreciated that when I went out to shoot water with them... I shot water with them. I know that sounds funny but here's my reasons why I was great to shoot with: I didn't paddle to another peak. I didn't go left when the photographer was waiting on the right. I didn't pass the photographer because I wanted to line up a move way down the line. I communicated. I gave them a heads up on set waves. And I new for those few hours, it was all about getting the shot. That what it means to be professional.
Don't get me wrong, if you see me in the water just do your thing. You don't have to be a pro. I'll do my best to get to you and make you look like a pro. If you and I set out to get photos, let's work together. Let's be pro status.
|Sean Poynter off the top. I pulled this one out of the 'B' rated folder.|
Monday, April 22, 2013
As you know, I've been working at Creed SUP for almost two months now and since the first day, we've been waiting for a container of 150 sup boards to show up. Little did I know, that day would come sooner than later.
Last Friday a diesel truck rolled up and it was go time. We had only two hours to unload 150 30-40 pound boxes. I have to give the owner of Creed SUP, Randy, huge props. He has done this before and man-handled the boxes like no other. He got up inside the container and unloaded every single box while three of use picked up the boxes and stacked them in the warehouse. My arms are just getting back to normal three days later.
After the unloading that we did in record time, we had to ship out as many as we could for the Friday cut off. So we had to move and load on top of that. Hectic.
Dreading the next container to arrive in the next couple weeks? Nah, I know what to expect now. But I know I'll be hurting aftwards.
Time for some waves. Peace out.
|Less than two hours later, that container was on it's way back to Long Beach.|
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Funny thing happened this morning. I went to a local news stand in search of the new Stand Up Journal magazine. I was ready to fork over about $15 for the latest issue. I got the cover shot of Sean Poynter. Yes, I'm pumped. But when I showed up, the mag was nowhere to be seen.
What I did see it was Riptide magazine front and center. I did a double take on the price tag of 15 dollars and realized I had no problem dropping that for an SUP mag. I picked up the Riptide magazine and headed straight for the check out counter.
Sure, the editors would hook me up if I email them for a free issue but the way I see it, and have said it in the past... support those that support you.
Here's to bodyboarding. You've got my full support.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
I spent the day going through the in's and out's of what makes Creed SUP one of the coolest SUP companies to work for. My new boss, Randy, has more business knowledge than can ever imagine obtaining myself. Add that to the fact that he's straight up and I get a head honcho that I can't wait to work for. What does that mean for us? Well for me, I get a monthly paycheck that'll make me and my wife happy. And for you... well, I'm now your 'GO TO' guy when it comes to SUP. That means, you're going to get the Manny V treatment and hook up when you're ready to stand up paddle. If you're in southern California, drop in and save cash money by not fronting shipping costs. If you can't come into the warehouse, then use mannyv in the promotional code and knock off $20 off your Creed SUP board when you by online. Again, you're going to save more by coming in and seeing me. Plus, there's more savings on other gear we have in our showroom.
Bodyboarders reading this are probably wondering what's that mean for my commentating gig on the IBA World Tour. Well, never say never. But because this is a real job, I will have to go through the appropriate channels to try to get the time off. Priority is now in the hands of Creed SUP. I will miss all my friends on the tour, the riders that I'm so proud of and the awesome crazy bodyboarding fans out there. Now, I will be watching the race for the title from this side of the camera.
Cabo Freak Fest (August 15-20, 2013) is set in stone. I've already talked to Randy and made sure that I have those dates on lock down. There's no way I'm going to let that slip through my fingers. I will add another one week trip in there but not sure if it's going to an SUP trip or another bodyboarder trip.
It's a new era in the Manny V camp. I will always find a barrel to sneak into on my No. 6 Vargas bodyboard model. I will always bodyboard. I will always SUP. I will always ride waves. But for this time in my life, I will work on getting you on a Creed SUP and a No. 6 Vargas model.
All I ask from you is the same that you've been given me for years... your support.
|My new home away from home... the Creed SUP warehouse.|
|My new ride from No. 6 ready for shredding.|
Friday, February 8, 2013
I'm one of those few people in the U.S. that doesn't own an iPhone. I have an HTC One. The camera on this thing is amazing! Lapse It is an app (Android and iPhone) that offers exactly what I was looking for. Easy user interface and fast rendering. A sick time lapse video clip. Best $1.99 spent on an app.
But to get a clean shot, my phone has to be steady. It should be on a tripod. I hunted through the net and found this little bad boy: Grip Tight by Joby. Perfect. It has the 1/4 inch screw fits perfect for all tripods. Epic.
I bolted to Harbor Island this morning in hopes of finally testing my new toys. Twenty minutes of capture time, less than two minutes to render and BOOM! Done! A sick four second time lapse.
I was zoomed in on this clip to get some of the street out of the frame. So sharpness was compromised. Settings: 720hd, one frame every 10 seconds, rendered at 30 fps, added the vidid color effect, mp4 file format. But no bad at all. Check it:
Friday, February 1, 2013
When I go shoot water, I'll put an action sports camera on top of my water housing. Sometimes I get too much great footage with no where to make use of it and it all just sits dormant on my harddrives. Great to see Ardiel Jimenez and the crew made use of the action we snagged while I was in the Canary Islands.
All the footage of Ardy in the beginning of the video with the epic Sardina village in the background is all from my camera. Yes... The photos came out unreal as well. Almost surreal.
Thanks Ardy and PHmedia, you're a true professionals.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I just got my latest issue of BBR and I got a bunch of stickers to go a long with it. I also got a flyer that said you can get a year subscription for only $11.98. That's two printed issues and two electronic versions.
If you're a bodyboarder, do your duty and support the sport you love.
Now, it's time to read the issue front to back. Peace out.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
WTF! It's cold! I have to admit, it was nice to be back in the water but damn... It's been about 20 minutes since I've been out of the water and I can now feel the tips of my toes. I'm not complaining. Just stating a fact. The day I have to suit up at home, walk across a snowy beach in a five mil, then drive home to change... That's when I'll whine. Until then, I'll see you in the water.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
|Sardina. I love you so.|