These are images that capture special events that I have been privileged to attend and photograph. These would be events that don't necessarily fit into the other categories on this site. Here, I offer a few words and some great pictures from these special experiences.
Endless Summer Galveston Reunion
(September 11 and 12, 2015)
NAS Corpus Christi
Wings Over South Texas Airshow
(April 16-19, 2015)
Texas Surf Museum
Sunny Garcia, Teddy Navarro, Nissen Osterneck, Lono Rothman
(July 11, 2014)
Lenses of Aloha
Texas Surf Museum
G Scott & Jon Steel
Preparations & Opening
(June 6, 2014)
Docs Seafood & Steaks
(March 15, 2014)
A Night at the Museum
with Jon Steele
Texas Surf Museum
(February 7, 2014)
"Get A Waterman Back In The Water" Fundraiser
Texas Surf Museum
(October 26, 2013)
Open Mic Night
Doc's Seafood and Steaks
(June 30, 2013)
Jon Steele - "Livin the Dream"
Movie and Art Show
House of Rock
(June 29, 2013)
Dockside Fundraiser for Nationals
Flour Bluff, Texas
(June 15, 2013)
Wade Koniakowsky, John Cobb & Glenn Francis
Felder Art Gallery
Port Aransas, Texas
(April 27, 2013)
"Making Mavericks" book signing with Frosty Hesson
Executive Surf Club / Texas Surf Museum
(March 30, 2013)
Super Bowl Party
Paradise Ranch - Ingleside, Texas
(February 3, 2013)
Movie & Art Show
Nathan Floyd & Friends
House of Rock
(January 5, 2013)
Michael Kew - "Crossings"
Book Signing and Film
MDC Surf Shop
(September 15, 2012)
Wind n Wave Surfshop 25th Anniversary Party
Padre Island, Texas
(June 28, 2012)
Bay Area Fellowship
Corpus Christi, Texas
(June 16, 2012)
Habitat for Humaity
(June 14, 2012)
Jon Steele Movie & Art Show
House of Rock
Corpus Christi, Texas
(May 12, 2012)
Nate Lytle's Book Signing
Soundwaves Surf Shop
(January 14, 2012)
Surfing As An Art
Southern Spears Surf Shop Art & Photo Show
(December 2, 2011)
ALS Walk for Wes Ellsworth
North Houston, Texas
(November 5, 2011)
Jon Steele Movie Premier & Art Show
House of Rock
Downtown Corpus Christi (October 22, 2011)
"Year Zero" Surf Movie Premier
Doc's Seafood - Under the JFK Bridge (October 15, 2011)
Nathan Floyd Indo Surf Movie Premier & Art Show
House of Rock - Downtown Corpus Christi (July 24, 2011)
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Release
North Padre Island, Texas (July 3, 2011):
INNERSECTIONS World Premier
Wind-N-Wave / Doc's
Flour Bluff, Texas (November 26, 2010):
ALS Walk for Wes Ellsworth
North Houston, Texas (November 6, 2010):
Dana Brown's "High Water"
Movie Premier at the Corpus Christi Art Museum (October 15, 2010):
Meet & Greet Dana Brown
Texas Surf Museum (October 14, 2010):
Who Is JOB?
Jamie O'Brien at Wind & Wave
Movie Premier at House Of Rock (October 13, 2010):
Surfrider Fundraiser - Texas Surf Museum - Timmy Curran (October 1, 2010):
Minute Maid Park - Houston, Texas (May 6, 2010):
House of Rock - Timmy Curran and Will Crum (May 1, 2010):
Texas Surf Museum - Big Shots Exhibit Opening (June 6, 2009):
Jon Steele / Justin Jalufka / MDC poster signing (March 21, 2009):
Texas Surf Museum - Texas Women, Texas Waves - Opening Night (June 6, 2008):
July 4th Fireworks - Corpus Christi (July 5, 2007):
Patriot Guard Riders (January 3, 2007):
Jon Steele Slide Show (December 29, 2006):
Nikki Dodson's Art Show (August 6, 2006):
Tex-2-Mex Chix - Houston Premiere (June 29, 2006):
The second premiere of the home-grown, all-girl surf movie, "Tex to Mex Chix" was better than anyone could dream. This time, at Houston's Rice University Theater, the crowd far exceeded expectations.
With front page (Section E) coverage and photos in the Houston Chronicle two days before, and all the hype on local surfing computer bulletin boards, the single scheduled showing just wasn't enough. The 8:00 show sold out to a standing-room-only crowd that filled the capacity of the theater. Dozens of people had to be turned away, at the door. Unwilling to send these folks home disappointed, a second showing was immediately promised. Many who saw the first showing, stayed again to see it again and the second show was packed, as well. I highly recommend this fun-filled DVD for anyone's surf movie collection !!
...and the G Scott slide show DVD ain't bad either ;-)
I was priveleged to be flown to and from the show form Corpus Christi, thanks to Mike Dodson - father of two of the girls in the movie (Nicole and Danielle Dodson) What rock star treatment!! Endless thanks to Mike and Patti, for all of their support. Congratultions to Nicole, Danielle, Molly and Rindy !!
TGSA Spring Fling - Balinese Room (March 11, 2006):
Surfrider Fundraiser - Texas Surf Museum (November 19, 2005):
These are images captured during a wonderful evening at the Texas Surf Museum in Corpus Christi. The first Surfrider Foundation fundraiser of the Central Coast chapter was held with great success with the help of Cliff Schlabach, Heather McGaffin and Brad Lomax (and many others). The highlight of the evening had to be the grand prize of a Mike Doyle Custom Surfboard, which was won by an adorable little girl who had been drawing the winning tickets all night. When she (and the whole room) realized she had drawn her own ticket, the place erupted with heartfelt stoke and applause. When you see her smile here, you will get a sense of the sentiment of the room. She is the perfect recipient and will be an excellent representative of the next generation of our surfing family. Kudos to Surfrider, for keeping the stoke alive and well along the Gulf Coast.
Surfrider Fall Fling - Galveston, TX - Balinese Room (October 15, 2005):
The images were captured during the Surfrider Fall Fling fundraiser. This year, it was held at one of Galveston's timeless treasures, the historic Balinese room - sitting on the end of the pier above the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Once again, dozens and dozens of Surfrider Foundation fans and patrons came out to enjoy the friendship and comraderie that has become the hallmark of
the Texas surfing community. At this event, the gathered were treated to multiple local bands that performed one after another - from mid afternoon into the late evening. I was not there for the duration, so only a few of the featured bands are presented here. Once again, Ashlyn Shoemaker's legacy was the theme and the she would have been so proud to see her family and friends come out to have a great time, at a venue where she surely would have joined us.
(even though I am sure she WAS there, somehow, in each of us).
Ashlyn Would Go !!
TEXAS SURF MUSEUM & DONAVON FRANKENREITER (June 2-3, 2005):
The images were captured during a wonderful two-day period in Corpus Christi. Donavon Frankenreiter helped kick off the Grand Opening of the Texas Surf Museum. This idea has long been the brain-child of Brad Lomax and Pat Magee. Their hard work and effort, along with that of Dan Parker and many others, have really paid off - giving us a wonderful museum of great archival surfboards, photographs, movies and stories that tell the tale of Texas surfing, going back to the 1940's. I even have several photographs displayed within these hallowed halls. There
were several special guests in attendance, including Doc Paskowitz, Mike Doyle, Robert August, Wingnut, Pat Magee and others. The pre-opening on Thursday night was an event to remember and having it followed up by Donavon playing next door at the Executive Surf Club really made it special. The attendance was remarkable and the stoke was off-the-chart. The next morning, the museum opened officially and again many people came out to ring in this new era of archived Texas surf history. That evening brought another performance by Donavon,
and I was again pleased to be able to have incredible access to the stage and ALL around the crowd as I snapped one memory after another. The time I spent backstage with Donavon and the band was personally something very special, as I was honored to give him photographs that I had taken of him in Houston last summer, along with a few from the show the previous evening. I was privy to wonderful access to both events, and was priveleged to capture images that I will treasure for a lifetime.
Allow me to share the weekend as I experienced it.
The Quiksilver Crossing in Galveston (October 23, 2004):
BLUE OCTOBER in San Antonio (September, 2004):
These images were captured during an intimate performace by the Houston band, Blue October. They played in San Antonio with a band from San Marcos in a tiny billiard room club to a small crowd of adoring fans. If you have never been to a Blue October show, I highly recommend it.
There is passion in their performance that is FELT only when you see them live. Now that they are becoming better known nationally, it is time to put these rare photographs out there...
Avast ye pirates, keep yer hands off the pics!!
AIKANE PHOTO SHOOT (July 16-18, 2004):
Last year, during our annual surf trip to Baja, I met a wonderful, charismatic, energetic young woman by the name of Talya Dodson. She had driven down with Dave Kaplan, from Surfdog Records. She was incredibly fun to be around, and I got a few wonderful pictures of her surfing and also wakesurfing behind the small boat that one of our guys had brought down. She recently contacted me about the possibility of coming out to Santa Cruz and shooting her team riders for her company's upcoming catalogue. The company, Aikane, makes a clothing line designed by and for surfers, specifically women. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity and was shown amazing hospitality and generosity over a three day shoot that was nothing less another "opportunity of a lifetime". This whole thing was a risk for Talya, as I had not done anything like this - shooting to accent a "product". I hope she is happy with the results. Look for some of these images in the upcoming 2-page spread for Aikane in Surf Life For Women.
An infinite amount of thanks go out to Talya, Mike, Mark, Natalie, Linda, Sarah, Rebecca, Amy, Hope, Shannon, Tony, Emma, Veronica, Peter, Heath, Chris and Victor for EVERYTHING. I hope I got everybody, there.
TONY VEGA BAND at Dr. ROCKITS (June 18, 2004):
The images were captured during a typical stopover in Corpus Christi by one Texas' favorite blues guitar troupes. Tony never disappoints and this band knows how to play Texas blues. The energy is always off the hook and the music just makes you wanna dance. Thanks, Tony.
...and thanks, D (for continually expanding my musical horizons)
This year, in addition to the 16th annual U.S. Open Windsurfing Regatta and the 4th annual US Open Kiteboarding Championships, we also had a Pro Skateboarding and BMX ramp built and set up in the vicinity of what became known as "Velocity Village". This was along scenic Corpus Christi Bay, in an area known as Cole Park and Oleander Point. For 5 days (and nights....downtown), the action continued from the morning until late afternoon.
The winds were not as favorable as expected for the windsurfing and kiteboarding. If only this had been held the week before, when the winds were whipping for days-on-end. Consequently, I only took a limited amount of photos on the water. I shot many more last year and have lots of fine kiteboarding pictures from that event.
Those can be found at:
|2002 US Open Kiteboarding Championships - 1|
|2002 US Open Kiteboarding Championships - 2|
|2002 US Open Kiteboarding Championships - 3|
|2002 US Open Kiteboarding Championships - 4|
|2002 US Open Kiteboarding Championships - 5|
|2002 US Open Kiteboarding Championships - 6|
On Saturday, May 24th (my first of two days attending the games), Dave Holzschuh from Advantage Aircraft allowed me to fly with him in his Helio Courier. We flew a course that put us over Corpus Christi Bay and we circled over Cole Park (as low as is legally allowed). This allowed for some early morning shots of a very sleepy "Velocity Village" below. I was hoping to catch somebody doing something from the air, but the place looked almost vacant at 9:00 in the morning. From there, we flew west and I got some terrific shots of the downtown bayfront skyline in the beautiful morning light. I had previously only been up here like this in the late afternoon, so this was a real treat for me. I shot some beautiful images here. We then continued on and circled the USS Lexington aircraft carrier museum. Some nice shots were taken here, too. We then leisurely made our way down the shipping channel and back to Corpus Christi International Airport. I love it when Dave takes me up on these jaunts!
From there, I cruised to the bayfront and spent the day among thousands of fun-in-the-sun-loving people. I was given access to the media platform to take the only kiteboarding photos that I shot. My apologies to all the kiteboarders this year, but I only stayed here for about 30 minutes. I didn't want to miss the other action going on several hundred yards to the south
This year, I spent a good deal of time taking photos of the ramp area, with the skateboarders and BMX riders. It just warms my heart to see where the sports (we started) have gone. I had a blast shooting over there. Unfortunately, the crowds, the sun angle, and the ramp set-up were non-condusive to getting the best shots. Only those few photographers with obvious passes were allowed to gain access to the ramp. I was not among them. I did my best, and finally had a front-row, center spot at the edge of the ramp's freestyle area. The security crews had a difficult time keeping everyone OFF of this plywood decking. This had to be repaired during the day, due to earlier crowds putting too much weight on it.
I stayed here for hours, as the scheduled events on the ramp were continually delayed into the late afternoon. In the end, it was worth it. Even with one of the BMX riders taking a bad spill on the ramp (requiring a departure from the ramp on a back-brace to an awaiting ambulance), the show / competition went on and the skateboarders had the crowd cheering during the 45-minute skate-jam session. The names of certain skaters were being chanted, and these guys' performances stepped up in front of our eyes. Skating is like that. It's easy to get motivated by a crowd, and begin making unbelievable tricks that you never made before. We were not disappointed in the "peanut gallery". These were not the "Tony Hawk" variety of pro skateboarders, but very talented local boys from Texas. They gave it their best and it was an impressive spectacle. There could have been more big "air", but that's just me. I wanted the killer photos. I did not leave unhappy, though I was sunburnt.
I returned to the Velocity Villiage on Monday (Memorial Day) around 1:00 pm. I was hoping to make up for the lack of kiteboarding photos by catching the "expression session" that was scheduled for 1:30. Unfortunately, there was little to no wind and there were NO kites in the air when I arrived. I began taking shots near the ramp, as several of the skaters and BMX riders from Saturday were still hanging around there, even though there was no formal event or competition going on.
This time, I just opted to go topside on the ramp - screw the "media pass". If I git kicked off, so be it. Fortunately, I was not banished from the upper tiers. Inversely, I was all but welcomed and was able to get some terrific shots of several of the dominant riders (using the fisheye lens). I spent about an hour up there shooting in the lousy, high contrast lighting of the light clouds. I obviously needed a hot-shoe driven hand-held flash unit, but didn't bring one. Next time...
C-101 C-SCULPTURES (JUNE 14, 2003):
This was the first time that I had been to the C-Sculptures event since about 1998. I was amazed at how big it has become. It was a festival on the beach. The location, at Newport Pass, is better than it was when it was held at the J.P. Luby beach. It afforded a secluded enclave among the white sandy dunes.
While the traffic going into the event was backed up for hours, the parking was fairly well coordinated, and getting out was easy, as the beach traffic was limited to one-way travel (north-to-south). Even so, I didn't want to deal with any of it. So, we parked at the Circle K at the corner of SPID and State Highway 361 and easily got a ride over the Packery Channel bridge. From here we walked up the (closed off) road to J.P Luby surf park. Then, we just walked up the beach to Newport Pass. It was a nice walk, and there were plenty of "colorful" characters to behold along the multi-mile tailgate party on the beach.
The stage was set back among the low dunes and surrounded by many booth set up by local vendors. Folks like Hooters, Budweiser and Papa John's Pizza mingled with the US Marines, the Palace Men's Club, and vans from almost every local radio station. The main sponsor, C-101 radio, hosted the event and Rex and Rios were once again the emcees. There were three bands featured over the course of the afternoon. These included, smile empty soul, Seether, and TRAPT. These were mainly hard rock metal bands.
The crowd was familiar with their music and the bands were all tight and performed with few problems. The crowd of mostly Hispanic Texans threatened to get out of control several times as the mosh pit got heated in the midday sun. The Marines were in charge of security, and that was a good thing. Another good thing was that there was no alcohol served by any vendor there. There was enough around in the plethora of ice chests that were brought by the spectators.
"smile empty soul" played first, taking the stage just before noon. They finished and then "Seether" took the stage. After they finished their set, the Beauty on the Beach Bikini Contest was held. This was actually quite disappointing, compared to years past. Perhaps the beautiful Palace girls were not allowed to compete, as one of the judges was from the Palace. Either way, it was a bikini travesty, and there were only eight contestants. It was actually quite anti-climactic.
The initial phase of contest took all of a few minutes, and then "TRAPT" performed their set, which was extremely well-received. When they finished, the three bikini contest finalists were announced and the day came to a conclusion around 3:30 in the afternoon. It was a perfect sunny day and great fun was had by the thousands who attended.
My apologies to the good people who slaved on the namesake of the event, the actual sculptors of the ornate sand castles on the beach. I did not even make it down there to get any photos of them. Next year, for sure !!