GETTING GROUNDED WITH MISS VALLEY ISLE 2020

WHO: LINDSAY TAKEKAWA | WHY: MISS VALLEY ISLE 2020 | WHERE: MAUI, HAWAII

Meet Lindsay Takekawa, your Miss Valley Isle 2020.

She’s tough. She’s fierce. She’s ambitious & bright and her own light under the sun. Did I mention she’s one of the best long boarders I know? And in case you were wondering…she’s a total sweetheart.

But it doesn’t stop there…

She’s Grounded, too.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing & surfing with Lindsay for almost 3 years now, but it honestly, feels like forever. She has this presence about her that makes you feel like you’ve known her for a lifetime…even a past lifetime. She’s THAT personable and SO positive. She’ll make you exude rainbows out your ears if you’re open to it ;-) What I’m trying to say is - she’s beautiful inside and out, and she’s definitely in a class of her own.

So we chatted, we surfed, and we got creative and combined forces. Her soul of gold mixed with my camera. And the results are just gorgeous. But I had no doubts…

Some time with Lindsay Takekawa, Miss Valley Isle 2020. On land & in the sea, under the sun, on Maui. And don’t worry, this isn’t her real crown - it’s way too precious to go in salt water…

Follow Lindsay on Instagram @alohaimlindsay

Gorgeous bangles & jewelry provided by Jasmine Honey Designs <3

A Sorta Fairytail...

WHO: BO & COURTNEY  |  WHERE: MAUI, HI  |  WHY: FOR (MERMAID) LOVE

Ever since Courtney was a child, she's been absolutely crazy about mermaids - so much so, that she now works part-time as a mermaid back home in California, making children, and I'm sure adults, smile from ear to ear with her beautiful personality and of course, mermaid tail.

Now of course, this is just something she absolutely loves doing and it's only been a huge part of her childhood and now, adulthood, so what more appropriate than for her boyfriend Bo to surprise her with her own mermaid photoshoot! Did I mention it was her birthday too?

Bo made an appearance in a few of these, but he wanted the focus to be on her...and it seriously was. She was an absolute natural in the water with her tail - I couldn't even keep up with her! #theydoexist

Now get your inner mermaid on and check out some of my faves from their session...<3

 

A MERMAID STORY

On a calm, sunny Sunday, we decided to make it a "Fun Day" by venturing over to Maui's Upper West Side in search of clear water, some diving, plenty of sun-bathing, and good eats. And to kick it all off, some fresh squeezed watermelon + pineapple juice ;-) 

Naturally, I brought along my cameras to capture all the goodness the day had to offer, but what I ended up capturing was my amazing friend Sabine, emerging as the most beautiful mermaid ever.  

Now...I've shot her diving before and her photos were nothing short of magical...but the photos I got of her this day were some of the best to-date...and I have mother-nature to thank for it. And her ability to hold her breath for a lengthy amount of time was SUPER helpful! (Also a BIG Mahalo to Freedive HI for your guidance in making her the perfect deep water subject!)

Thanks Sabine, for always being my mermaid-muse and a wonderful human being. Can't wait for our next adventure <3

THIS FREEDIVER'S ADVANTAGE IS ALL IN HIS MIND (WSJ)

WHERE: MAUI, HAWAII  | WHO: KURT CHAMBERS  |  FOR:  THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Stoked to share my most recent project with The Wall Street Journal and Champion Freediver Kurt Chambers from Big Island. 

BIG Mahalo to Kurt (@chambersbelow) and Katie Pentz (@bunnyofthesea) for the adventures, knowledge, and great conversations...and of course, the swim ;-) 

Professional freediver Kurt Chambers practices repetitive surfacing exercises off of the Pali Coast on Maui. He can dive to deeps of 300 feet on a single breath.&nbsp;AMANDA EMMES FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Professional freediver Kurt Chambers practices repetitive surfacing exercises off of the Pali Coast on Maui. He can dive to deeps of 300 feet on a single breath. AMANDA EMMES FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

AQUA JESSE

LOCATION: MAUI, HAWAII   |   MODEL HUMAN: JESSE RICHMAN |   OCCUPATION: PRO-KITEBOARDER

When Jesse Richman isn't flying high in the sky as a pro-kiteboarder, he's soaring the seas below...well below...as an avid free diver and spear-fisherman.

I recently had the opportunity to catch him before he left on another international kiteboarding trip so I could witness how he un-winds while he's home and on land, which is rare for this avid traveler and adrenaline junkie.

Turns out, this pro-kiteboarding, Maui-native fits in pretty well with everyone else here on Maui...by spending his time in the ocean day in and day out as a surfer, athlete, free-diver, fisherman and all around amazing human being.

But oh, he's broken world records, so he's not EXACTLY like everyone else on Maui ;-)  Check him out at www.jesserichman.com

And if you didn't see our latest collaboration in the Wall Street Journal's "What's Your Workout?" section, click the link within the link here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-delicate-balance-of-jesse-richmans-kiteboarding-1495278001?mod=e2twph - or see a snippet on my recent blog post at https://www.amandaemmes.com/blog/2017/5/25/whats-your-workout

Rock on Jesse (fist pound).