Saturday, June 27, 2009

Jerome Houyvet photography

Jerome HOUYVET is the best windsurf and water sport photographer in the blue world.

Born in 1970, Jerome started windsurfing at 13. A few years later, the first signs of a future in photography started to appear as Jerome began making pictures of his windsurfing peers, " just for fun". Who would of thought that he would later make it his life.

In 1989, Jerome enrolls into a 3-year program at a photography school in Paris. It is there that he discovers the many possibilities and aspects of work as a photographer. Alas, the ocean is far a distance from Paris and his first windsurfing assignments are limited to the Paris-Bercy Indoor. These would be his first photos printed in his favorite magazine, WIND.

With a major in promotions, in 1992, Jerome is offered a unique opportunity to work as a reporter for the "securite civile", France's rescues operations including firemen,aerial rescues on the ocean, in the mountains, the Canadairs, forest fires and earth quakes. He spends three years in this rough but passionate field of work where one must master control over one's emotions. Strong images and a connection with men devoted to serve others was an unforgettable and marking experience.

But his passion still alive, etched deep in his soul, Jerome is drawn to "La Torche" in October 1994 for a Wold Cup Event. Meeting all the pro windsurfers pushes him over the edge as he decides to invest and follow this niche of photography all the way. Ten days later, Jerome is off to Hawaii for the Aloha classic, the last event of the pro circuit. This trip marks the decision: October 1995, Jerome quits the "Securite Civile", to put his dream to work.

Training in the powerful waves of Hookipa was not easy, to say the least. There were a few harry experiences as Jerome made his first watershots. All the hard work and tribulations in the waves finally pay off when Jerome gets his first photos published a few months later.

Today, Specializing in windsurfing photography, Jerome works with all the top professionals in the world to share with you their best sessions, their most radical moves and biggest wipeouts. His time is spent between Hawaii, other further more exotic locations and a few French Championship events (the AFW), and of course, Barfleur, his own little paradise.

His enthusiasm and passion still existent today, Jerome can often be spotted on the water riding the waves with his friends.


Thanks to Jerome for all the good tips about photography.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kazuma surfboards

Kazuma students take top honors in the 2009 Quiksilver Jr Pro at Kewalo's

Kazuma students take top honors in the Quiksilver Jr Pro at kewalo's. Past kazuma rider Albee Layer won the event with a perfect 10 ride taking home the $2000.00 check. Billy Kemper and Granger Larson placed equal 3rd. Matt Meola and Tanner Hendrickson placed equal 5th. Impressive results from the Maui Boys and this shows the dominating success of the Kazuma training program.

my brother CRAZY BAND

Vladimir Bozar 'n' ze Sheraf Orkestar "Universal Sprache" (CD)


Lobefood would like to let this French band's words speak for themselves...

"In 2003, some musicians of the french tribute band to Franck Zappa called "The Children of invention" decided to create a new band playing his own music. The Sheraf project was borning...

Firstily, this project was an instrumental band and when firsts songs were created, sheraf musicians wanted a singer. Pedral took the place of the dumb/mouth-noising/cartoon singer in 2004. Vladimir Bozar did his first gig when the children of invention did the last.

Vladimir Bozar is just an imaginary king of absurdity. Sheraf is coming from a cult comic movie called "La classe américaine" (American stylish).

Metal, punk, classical music, jazz, movie sound, Tzigane music, electronic, are mixed to the guitare, violin, trumpet and especially a voice coming from Hell...

In 2008, when Vladimir Bozar decided to record his first album, Pedral remembered about his discussion with Tim Smolens and his way to record and mix an album. Tim Smolens and Jason Schimmel was ok to mixed for this album. In may 2008, Pedral and Mina went to the Estradasphere studio in Seattle and worked on "Universal Sprache" with Estradasphere musicians.

Timb Harris from Estradasphere and Secret Chiefs 3 helped a lot for his mix and did some trumpet overdub. Tim recorded some double bass and vocals, Jason some mandolin, and others very sympathic musicians Trumbon and Flute...

Vladimir Bozar 'n' ze Sheraf Orkestär is now working on a new tour for 2009 and will have the french magazine ELEGY as main partner. The band provides to go tour through Europe and would like to organise a tour in USA and would love to export his music to Japan."

Ha! 'American Stylish' indeed...

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Established in 1995, Liquid Eye is a European based company who has handcrafted water housing for more than 12 years.
Created at the beginning by a professional photographer who wished to have gear totally adapted to his needs and his necessities.
This photographer, Philippe Chevodian, become the special designer of Liquid Eye. His trips around the world in search of new waves, lead him to always try to reduce his equipment and it is natural that the concept of our housings is influenced by those choices.
Thus, our production is essentially centered on weight and volume earnings, primeval factors in action photography.

Our products are conceived and designed by professional photographers. That is the key of our success.In order to acquire the best possible outputs, we use state of the art of composites products and the techniques called “sandwich”, the same techniques are used in aeronautic industries and racing constructions (formula 1, Indy cars, etc.).
Epoxy resin, stronger and with a longer lifespan, has been preferred, to classical polyester resins.
Fiber compounds are, for the main part : fiberglass, carbon glass and some parts are Kevlar reinforced for a better tearing resistance.

Liquid Eye has chosen to adopt an optional system, totally new.
By opting for such a system we took the option of offering to our customers a larger price range, which allows us to propose more affordable prices for the basics models but without compromising any of the technical advantages that make the reputation of our products.
Several front plates are available and reserved spots allow additional controls. Thus, step by step, the photographer can improve the possibilities of his housing.

The pistol grip
The original Liquid Eye pistol grip is totally unique. Supplied on all the SLR housing it is fully removable. This solution presents the double advantage of reducing the volume for easy carrying and allows different accessories such as pole or remote control plate.
The “ILS” system provided on those handles is also an exclusivity of Liquid Eye. Not a single hole goes through the housing wall avoiding any leaking problems.
The push button gets double step sensitivity. It is the only two-in-one control available on the splash housing market. The first position controls the AF function and the second, the shutter release.
By the special HC screw located on the back of the pistol grip, it is also possible to tune the sensitivity of the AF position control.

The front plates
As indicated above, there are different models of front plates.
The basic front plate (ref. BF-al/s), the cheaper one, is made out of acrylic sheet. It can fit lenses such as 24 mm f2,8 until 50 mm f1,8. A slightly longer model (ref. BF-al/l) is also available, designed for small and medium tele-lenses such as 85 mm, 100 mm or 200 mm.
Thanks to its exclusive technique of extension rings, the very latest baptized “one screw system (2)” that equips the composite fiber plates pushes once again the frontiers of water photography. With only one front plate, you will be able to mount Canon® lenses from the 15 mm fish eye until the 300 mm f4!
An ingenious gearing system facilitates the use of the zoom control for most of the brand models

liquideye water housing

received 2 new water housing from liquid eye, anybody who wants to try, contact me.