This is a three part video and multimedia story that I made for the Los Angeles Times about big wave surfing during the historic El Niño big wave season of 2010-11. The story follows a handful of the best big wave surfers in the world as they chase a swell along the Pacific Ocean from Waimea Bay in Oahu, Hawaii, to "Mavericks" in Half Moon Bay, California to "Killers" in Todos Santos, Mexico. The original multimedia story can be seen here: latimes.com/local/lanow/la-chasing-the-swell-20120118-premiumvideo.html
Directed, shot and edited by Sachi Cunningham sachicunningham.com
Winner: New York Surf Film Festival, Associated Press Sports Editors Multimedia Award, Finalist, Webby Awards and Online News Association Awards
With gratitude to all of the big wave surfers in the film and beyond and in loving memory of Noel Cameron Robinson and Sean Collins.