There is no better way to learn than by doing. I am grateful to my many peers, mentors and instructors who have been kind enough to share their skills and knowledge. Pick up a book or seek out tutorials on subjects you are interested in. Education and Training are the keys to enlightenment.
I work as a Snowboard Instructor at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV and at 7 Springs in Champion PA. This season I got to work with a group of 13 Pittsburgh Area Boy Scouts in pursuit of their Snow Sports/Snowboarding Merit Badge. This 5 Week Program was very rewarding because we got to see these guys progress over a compressed time period.
Steve Draper, Nathan Tedjeske and I got to work hands on to get these guys down the hill in grand style. We started with the basic elements of riding: Balance, Edging, Rotation and Pressure. Using the terrain and specific riding drills these elements were reinforced with Instructor Feed Back and Riding Analysis.
Here is a short ten minute video of our last day:
I took some photos and have them posted on my Public Facebook Page also:
Please call Oglebay @ 304-243-4049 or 7 Springs Resort @ 800-452-2223 and Request Me for a Private Lesson. I specialize in Video Analysis.
My first TV Interview was with Steve Caballero in 1985 in Raleigh NC at the Endless Grind Skateboarding Competition. I invited my surfing friend and former world champion free-style skateboarding champion Reggie Barnes to our TV Studios at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for my Senior Project. I began producing Surfing Segments for ESPN in conjunction with Surfer Magazine in 1987.
During the 90s I produced a series of Feature Length Action Sport Films called East Coast Motions. Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast was released internationally and funded a winter at Snowshoe WV and the creation of Volume III, “Cheat Mountain Shredders”. I began producing and streaming video for the internet in 1997 and actively used, the Action Sports Industry to market and brand one of the First International Internet Services.
My love of Digital Media has led to work with MTV, Hurley and Monster Energy. I have a passion for production and an eye for detail that crosses all demographics. My TV Program, Eastern Extreme gives me the opportunity to mentor and work with many independent and up and coming photographers. Many of my Action Sports Segments air on Havoc TV.
Being in the right place at the right time can get you some great subject material. I used to hitch-hike back and forth between Chapel Hill NC and Kill Devil Hills NC during my college years. One time a guy in an old rusty cadillac picked me up. His license plate said “Jack and the” Turned out to be none other than the musician featured in this video; “Michael Kelsh”. We struck up a conversation about who we were and what we did. When it came time for a senior project for school I rang him up and we scheduled the shoot. Fellow students LeeAnn Woodard and Jim Kinney contributed to the production. Michael was playing for Southern Culture on the Skids at the time and he invited some of them to appear in the video. It was fun setting up different scenes all over the area. When we revealed it in class it became an instant hit.
My career spans an interesting time period. When I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with my degree in RTVMP (Radio, Television and Movie Production) it took an entire tractor trailer full of equipment to run a decent production and video cameras still used picture tubes. I had solid skills on all sides of this. My first camera was a DXC3000K Manufactured by Sony and was a first generation CCD (charge-coupled device)style camera and my footage looked much better than the network standard at that time. When computer editing came out in the early 90’s you got a virtual computer based program that mimicked the hardware I was used to using. This gave me an excellent point of reference to learn and master computer editing and video encoding standards.
Doc Couture led the Eastern Surfing Association from 1972 until his death in 1989. He was a tireless advocate of the sport and the Mike Marsh Scholarship Program continues to this day. I was the first recipient of this scholarship and credit Doc for instilling a sense of giving and sharing my love of surfing with others through my media work.
I have worked on all angles of the industry from soup to nuts. This includes Sales and Marketing. Good Product Knowledge leads to successful Marketing and increased Sales.
This Ad ran on the back cover of the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce Directory. I loved buying that Ad Space. Anytime you can appear on the cover of an industrial publication you gain instant credibility. Here are some of the TV Commercials that I have appeared in:
The 1985 Record Bar Pro-Am in Wrightsville Beach NC brought in the world’s best surfers to the East Coast. A nearby tropical storm brought in some great surf and the locals turned out in large number to cheer them on!
This was my senior project at UNC-Chapel Hill. Many thanks to everyone that helped, including Reggie Barnes for letting my TV Production Class run him through some free-style moves at Swain Hall.We coined the phrase “Street-Style” during this production and scored some great footage of the World’s Top Professional Surfers in some East Coast Hurricane Surf. The Wrightsville Beach locals were great help especially the late Ed Mannuel.
Back then there were not too many video camera’s around. I borrowed an industrial grade 1/2″ machine and then dubbed the footage to 3/4″ to edit on the schools old top loaders.
It was cool to meet and hang out with all the surf pros. We got to spend a lot of time with Cheyne Horan, Brad Gerlach and Mark Occhilupo. The soundtrack is original to some musician friends that actually jammed to the footage.
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My friend photographer Ward Callum and I worked hard to get lots of pictures to submit for this article. It was published in the December Issue of 1985. At the time I was studying Mass Media @ Chapel Hill and this was a good score to account for my missing classes for surfing.
Surfer Magazine collected photographs from a variety of other sources as well. It was written by Mickey Bednarek of Wave Riding Vehicles. During this time period the Outer Banks surf scene was very underground and not on the national radar at all. Mickey does a great job of explaining the pros and cons that the exposure would bring. I was fortunate to have them select a photograph of me as well.