A Bouldering Ohana

“A Bouldering Ohana” Is a short film that my partner, Aaron Schmidt, and I filmed last winter on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Bouldering brings people together in many ways; whether it be challenge and camaraderie or the need for exploration and adventure. This film charts the rise of bouldering as a legit presence on the Hawaiian Islands and the ohana of dedicated people that are are making it grow. Shot over two months in the Hawaiian Islands by Eddie Raburn and Aaron Schmidt, this film introduces Justin Ridgely as the pioneer of the Hawaiian bouldering movement, along with fellow senders Hiro Watanabe, Nancy Khanh Nguyen, and Matt Lutey. We would also like to acknowledge all the other climbers from Volcanic Rock Gym for helping make this film a success. Next time your in Honolulu look them up and be apart of the greatest climbing community around. I hope you all enjoy this film as much as we enjoyed making it!

Cheers and Keep Moving Onward!
Eddie Raburn
Black Fish Production

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Karissa and Jesse’s Big day.. and a glourious one at that..

I had the pleasure of meeting Jesse two and half years when we both started Brooks Institute together. Not to long after that he started dating Karissa. I must say it was a pleasure seeing them grow together. My business partner, Aaron Schmidt which is also Jesse’s best friend, had the amazing pleasure of filming their wedding in March.. Below is the video.. I hope you all enjoy the video.. Feel free to share it and if you have anyone who is in need of a wedding video point them in our direction!

Cheers friends and families!

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“These Guys are Living Their Lives”

Most of the photos taken with IPhone…

This past week was one for the books.. We tagged along with a couple of surfers up the coast in Central California for a camping/surfing trip for our surfing documentary(Coming Soon). It was a riot of a good time. Logging 26 or so miles of hiking with about 60 lbs of camera, camping and surfing gear made for a deep burning in my loins, needless to say! During our hike in, while we were playing guitar and being dumb, these two older guys passed by us smiling and laughing. We over heard them talking about us saying “Those guys are living their lives!” We started thinking about what they said and it quickly became the motto for the trip. There wasn’t a time that we weren’t laughing and enjoying every minute of being the wilderness, away from everything else. As we were tucked away in our sleeping bags, exposed to the elements sleeping on the beach during the cold early morning rain shower we were given. You could here one of the guys shout out, “Well I guess we are living our lives!” As the entire camp would break out in laughter. We were living our lives, getting back to the basics of being boys again. Camping in the rain, wind, sand storm, no cell phones, no society, eating dried food, being bored, waiting for surf, purifying our own water, exploring and living off of PB and J’s; this was living our lives!

Using the wilderness as our Refuge, to find our hearts…

Matthew Schutte, Chris Charney and Andrew Cummins find there way through a small path leading them to a beach hidden several miles away on Central California Coast on March 3, 2012.(Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Aaron Schmidt takes a break from hiking to enjoy the sun setting in on California's Central coast on Sunday March 3, 2012.(Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Andrew Cummins, Matthew Schutte and Chris Charney chase the sun as it disappears on the horizon as they race down the cliffs edge to the beach to set up camp on Central California's Coast on Sunday March 3, 2012 (Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Matthew Schutte points out the beach break in the distance as they race down the cliff on Central California's Coast on Sunday March 3, 2012.(Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Matthew Schutte settles in for the night as the guys prepare their dinner for the night on the Central California's Coast on March 4, 2012. (Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

The weather changes as the marine layer rolls into the area Central California's Coast line on March 4, 2012.(Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

The marine layer covers Central California Coast on March 4, 2012.(Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

The weather changes as the marine layer moves over the beaches of Central California's Coast as the surfers get ready for a cold, rainy night on March 4, 2012(Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Matthew Schutte finds shelter behind his Sunova surfboard during the morning rain, while he sleeps in his sleeping bag on the beach in Central California's coast line on March 5, 2012. (Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Matthew Schutte finds shelter behind his Sunova surfboard during the morning rain, while he sleeps in his sleeping bag on the beach in Central California's coast line on March 5, 2012. (Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Matthew Schutte waits for a lull between sets to jump in during the early morning on March 7, 2012 on California Central Coast. (Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Just a couple of photographers (Eddie Raburn and Aaron Schmidt) loving life and taking advantage of what the world has given us to play with.. We hope you enjoy our work and it encourages you to get out there and explore. If you can't get out there and explore maybe you can explore it through our work! Cheers and thanks for your suppot!! :)

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Pipe Masters 2011

So I totally forgot to post these way back when.. Today I finally got around to putting up some of the photos from the 2011 Pipe Masters, In Memory of Andy Irons, here on my blog. It was an amazing experience to see these amazing surfers riding some amazing waves. I hope you guys all enjoy Cheers!!!

Shane Dorian catching a solid barrel in Round 5 of the 2011 Pipe Masters against Gabriel Medina on North Shore Oahu Hawaii. (Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Joel Parkinson surfing in the quater finals of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Pipe Masters contest take a left hand break out back door of the famous Banzai Pipeline on North Shore Oahu Hawaii on December 10, 2011. (Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Hank Gaskell taking a bottom turn in his heat against Mason Ho in the Triple Crown of Surfing at the Pipe Masters surfing contest in North Shore Oahu, Hawaii on December 8, 2011. (Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Hank Gaskell in his heat against Mason Ho in the Triple Crown of Surfing at the Pipe Masters surfing contest in North Shore Oahu, Hawaii on December 8, 2011. (Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

Locals fill the water after the final horn goes off on the second day of the Triple Crown of Surfing Pipe Masters surfing contest(Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

The sun setting at the end of the second day of the Triple Crown of Surfing at the Pipe Masters surfing contest on December 9, 2011(Photo By: Eddie Raburn/Black Fish Production © 2011 In Association with Brooks Institute)

 

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My snowboard and an empty mountain..

Over the past couple of weeks I have been all over the place trying to stay on top of everything. I was editing a couple different projects we are trying to get out the door the other afternoon. While doing this I was trying not to get distracted with the World Wide Web.. But like the rest of the world I did, womp womp! In doing this I saw that Mammoth Mountain just got 5 feet of fresh powder, I couldn’t take it. Within in the next 20 minutes I was out the door.. I needed a break, I needed to get back to the wilderness! So I struck out on a solo road trip from Ventura to Mammoth Lakes..

I’m searching for an even more elusive prey . . . something that can only be found through the help of the wilderness. I’m looking for my heart.. – John Elderedge

The outcome.. An empty mountain, miles of fresh powder and I’m snowed in for another day.. :)

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What is A.R.C.H.? A.R.C.H. oh its just a bouldering place on island… ;)

The ARCH is an amazing place to boulder on the West Side of Oahu Hawii.. We had a couple climbing sessions while I was on island. I was completely bummed that I couldn’t climb due to me recovering from an injury. But it is absolutely amazing place to be and climb. Just being there has a presence unlike other climbing areas that I’ve been to over the years.

Hiro, Watanabe throws the crash pads, used to soften the climbers fall, down the cliff at a newly developed bouldering area on Oahu Hawaii on the West Side of the island.

Nick Testa receives information on the route, from a fellow climber, while climbing a newly developed climbing area on Oahu Hawaii on the West side of the island

Jordan Gomez works a climbing problem at a newly developed climbing area, the ARCH, in Oahu Hawaii on the West side of the island

Hiro Watanabe works a climbing problem, as the waves come crashing close by, as winter swell starts to grow, at a newly developed climbing area, the ARCH, in Oahu Hawaii on the West side of the island

Hero Watanabe Climbing after sunset with the light from his fellow climbers at the ARCH on Hawaii's West Side of Oahu. .

Climbers discuse beta on problems at the ARCH as they climb well past sunset under the light of headlamps on the West Side of Oahu Hawaii

Nancy Nguyen climbs a problem at the ARCH on Oahu Hawaii West Side of the Island.

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Under the Sea… Under the Sea…

My last few weeks in Hawaii were slammed with filming and running around soaking up all the sunshine before coming back to Cali. I’m finally getting around to uploading a some underwater photos I took a few weeks ago on … Continue reading

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