That certainly was not a problem on our latest trip to the Big island. When Sage and I heard that Sam Kolder was making a trip back out to Hawaii, but was only going to Big Island, we immediately started thinking about if we could pull off a trip over to meet up with him. We added a few more friends to our squad (Kiwi, Kelsey and Allie), booked our tickets, and headed over with no agenda whatsoever except a determination to have a good time.
While our lack of plans did leave us with some hilariously funny stories (like trying to set up a tent in a WallMart parking lot), it also allowed us to take advantage of any situation that presented itself. We were able to swim with manta rays at sunset, camp at the southernmost point in the United States, pick our cliff diving locations based on where the sun was shining, and wake up "feeling blessed" to a gorgeous easter sunrise.
But again, even with all these amazing locations and situations, this trip will stand out in my mind because of the people on it. Sam Kolder is an inspiration to me, (and many others) with his incredible editing and filming style, and its humbling to see the process behind the camera before he works his magic through production. But inspiration isn't just about working towards goals, its about getting excited and taking action. Everyone on the trip fed off the energy of Peter Jevremovic as he flipped, joked, and streaked his way through new dives and adventures. I know I got stoked more then once watching him push himself to try a new dive or some other crazy funny stunt. And something else I think is super cool, is to see someone like Briggs Dickerson run with a ronin to nail a shot of me or Sam diving, and then put the camera aside and be down to jump in and play. When everyone in the group is active and having fun, it adds to the whole atmosphere and experience.
If you haven't ever seen his stuff yet, check out Sam Kolder's youtube channel and his Hawaii v1.0 edit by clicking here. We are stoked to have been a part of v2.0, even though I know its going to be a while before we all manage to edit through the hours of footage we shot!