Photographers, everyone is a photographer these days. But no matter how you slice it, not everyone is paddling out with a camera and their fins at North Shore O'ahu to get slammed by waves at the world famous Pipeline.
Mike Chlala may be one of the happiest people I've ever known. Occupying his beach bungalow on North Shore O'ahu Hawai'i across the street from the gorgeous Velzyland. A typical day with Mike starts with a very strong cup of coffee, a walk down to the beach to check the surf, followed by a stretch and morning surf, lunch, another sunset surf, and if we've got the steam hopefully a BBQ at his house. He cooks the meats, I cut the veggies, and everyone's welcome. If you're lucky, I'll pull out my magic card tricks for you too. Shout out to whoever brought the baked brie cheese the other night.
I don't have much to say because Mike's photography speaks for itself. He's humble and simply chasing the best waves either surfing or with his camera. It's refreshing to see that Mike's not in it for the fame or the scene or the bullshit of the industry - the guy just loves surf, Hawaii, and capturing beautiful moments in the water.
Keep an eye out on Australia's surf magazine Paper Sea where they are featuring some of his night photography in an upcoming article - yeah, he's crazy, he paddled out on North Shore during a full moon to catch moonlit moody waves. Best to reach him on Instagram.