Watu is a modern interpretation of an ancient story about the first Polynesian visitors to make contact with North America. They were received by the Native people but after pressing their hopes of one day returning home, the indigenous community created a rainbow bridge for them. Some Polynesians stayed while the rest crossed the rainbow bridge back to their homeland. In this short film, two Native Hawaiians also exhibit the same yearning for a sense of place as their ancestors did so long ago. Hearing the story, they search for this "rainbow bridge." During their search, what they finds the ocean. The waves become their bridge and the connection to Hawaii is strengthened.
Alongside Surfer Magazine and RED Camera Cinema, our good friends Cliff Kapono and Jensen Young-Sik set out to provide audiences with a refreshing take on California's history and the importance of home.
Watch the film on surfermag.com
I had heaps of fun shaping a classic, old school log from a template i've been using since i was 17 called "the piggly hanger."
"There is a small town east of O‘ahu’s fabled North Shore called Lā‘ie, where Matty Raynor raises his family and builds beautiful wave sliding crafts under the Raynor Surfboards label. His shaping bay is in his front yard to allow him to be a loving husband and dad by day and board builder by night. It’s classic country living at it its finest and a testament to two of the most important things in his life: family and surfing. While Matty is known for his “quiver killers,”hybrid shortboards that can be ridden in a variety of conditions, this Waiola vanguard is a multi-dimensional craftsman. He looked back into yesteryears to build a hand-shaped “Piggly Hanger” nose rider for the Waiola Life and had our brand vanguards–Rosie Jafurs and Keoki Saguibo–take it for a test drive at a mysto-surf spot called Chocolates, which only breaks when the North Shore is 15-foot or bigger. It was good fun documenting the making of the Waiola x Raynor Surfboards Piggly Hanger and even more watching it glide through the ocean naturally untouched."
So stoked to make it home and get a little break from the studies. Even though the waves weren't the most epic, it was enough to practice some turns Kealoha, Bertlemann, and Kaluhiokalani style. Looking forward to 2015.
Shot by @lauren_kapono @theslippersaltwaterchronicles @apala_hammah
Mahalo Josh for letting me use the 5'9'' DDR
Mahalo Aloha for letting me use the 9'4" Single Fin
and Mahalo Matty for letting me smash up the Handshaped 5'10" Kalapana mango flavor