The North Shore As Seen Through The Lens Of Justin Jay

The North Shore Of Oahu As Seen Through The Lens Of Justin Jay

Renowned photographer Justin Jay has an innate ability to be in the right place at the right time. When he’d stay with us on the North Shore, he’d grab his customized camera setup and sneak off, only to return an hour later with amazing images that captured moments most people don’t see or have access to. And despite having clients like Sean Combs aka “Puff Daddy”, Justin is as humble and mellow as they come—he actually slept in a closet at the rented TWS house. Below are Justin Jay’s images and words that we ran in the Hawaii issue of TransWorld SURF (April 2013). Aloha!

Christian Fletcher
Christian Fletcher. Photo: Justin Jay

OG Top Gun

Christian Fletcher at the Nixon Weird Board contest
Imagine a random group of top NBA players spontaneously getting together for a friendly pick-up game. Now imagine another particularly illustrious player who happened to be seminal in the pioneering of the slam-dunk. He casually strolls up and asks to join the game. Metaphorically speaking, that is essentially what happened at Ehukai Beach Park during Nixon’s “Weird Board” contest. Christian Fletcher literally stumbled upon it and was subsequently invited on the spot to compete in the event. Watch any basketball game from the 1960s and you’ll see a bunch of gangly white guys in tight shorts playing molasses-slow offense and throwing lackluster set shots. Fast-forward to today, and you’ll witness a completely different game. It’s played at a breakneck speed, replete with a swarming defense, fast breaks, and above-the-rim pageantry. In competitive surfing, a similar stylistic sea change occurred in the late 1980s. You can trace a clear path back to Christian Fletcher and a small handful of others who were instrumental in the cultivation of modern aerial surfing. Many of today’s groms probably find it hard to imagine a time when judges weren’t willing to reward ample points for a well-executed air. Christian’s thumbs-up votes from the judges on this day served to reinforce just how far competitive surfing has progressed in the last 20 years.