Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Weekend & Grey Sharks


Happy Thanksgiving, a couple days late.  We hope you all are having a wonderful holiday weekend, even if you have to work.  We're eating a ton of leftovers, sadly they are all gone already.  The fun isn't quite over for anyone yet, we can all look forward to the Patriots beating the Saints on Monday night!  It's like another added bonus to a great holiday weekend.  (If you don't know, we're from New England)

The diving has been really nice lately, the water has been very clear.  It's starting to get cold again, for Maui.  The water is about 76 degrees, burrrrr.  You'll all laugh at us again because we're all dressed like it's Antarctica again.  As you all know we'd probably be diving in tropical dry suits if we could, but we've been told that sends the wrong image to the people diving with us?  Like people don't know that we dive a bit more than most?  It is funny when you think about it though, we used to dive thinner wetsuits in Maine in the middle of the winter!

Mike had a pretty cool encounter with a baby turtle at First Cathedral the other day.  It was a curious little guy who was very photogenic.  Over our time out here we've noticed that baby turtles love the camera, much more so than the adults.  Although that's not much different than most human children.  At one point Mike set his camera up and passed it to Jarett so that he could actually be in a picture.

We do spend most of our time behind the camera, so it is nice to be in front some of the time.  We often wonder if people think we just make these diving stories up?  We don't!  In fact, we're thinking of making little video clips with us in front of the camera and with voice overs too, more like a real TV show.  It'll be practice, please give us some feedback if you have any.

The Molokini Backwall was awesome the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  At the end of the second dive, at about 50 feet, when half of the divers were up on the boat because they were running low on air, 3 Grey Sharks showed up to hang out.  It was awesome.  We got some pretty cool video clips from the encounter.  It's deceiving though, we have a knew wide angle port on our video camera so that nothing looks that close to the camera, when really we were very close to those sharks.  See what you think!

Dan's band has been playing well and getting more gigs around the island.  We're off to another gig in Kahalui tonight at a place called "Hang Loose," come if you can!  We hear that Black Powder might be playing at the Ale House soon too, and maybe once a week at "Life's a Beach" in Kihei.  Hopefully, we'll have some recordings we can share with you all soon!

Aloha & Talk soon,


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday Morning

Aloha and Good-morning!

Not much to update this morning.  We were all out at Life's a Beach in Kihei last night watching Dan's band (Black Powder), host Open Mic night.  It was nice to get out of Lahaina and hang out with some of our south Maui friends and listen to some good music.  I think we'll have to head down more often.

We put together a couple cool clips from Red Hill diving Wednesday morning to share.  A couple turtles and our favorite critter to find in Hawaii: Harlequin Shrimp.  Check it out:

Red Hill from C3 Submerged on Vimeo.

We also got a couple of cool emails from some of you guys, thanks for the continued support and efforts to help our little dream come true.

Talk soon,


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Back Home and Our First Seahorse


Gwen and I just returned from a two-week trip to the East Coast.  We spent the first week representing Lahaina Divers at D.E.M.A. which is a diving trade show.  It was a lot of fun.  We caught up with a lot of old friends and met a lot of really interesting people.  Some of the world’s best photographers and videographers were there too, which was very cool.  I got to meet Eric Cheng, Marty Snyderman, Stan Waterman, and Stephen Frink to name a few.  We got to look at all kinds of cool new equipment and hang out with a bunch of nerdy divers like us.  Some people even knew who we were, not many, but definitely some.

We got to stop at Universal studios and Disney World too!  I haven't been on a roller coaster in about 12 years, so Gwen decided to take me on the scariest one first.  It was called the Hulk at Universal Studios and it was not tame at all.  I closed my eyes for the first ten seconds until I found my happy place, then it was so much fun.  The thing spins, turns, loop-d-loops and drops more than anything I have ever been on in my life.  Needless to say, the theme parks are a lot of fun.

We spent the second week traveling around Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont visiting our parents and relatives.  Even though it was a whirlwind tour visiting each parent for a day and half, it was a blast.  As usual, it didn't feel like we were home long enough.  It was so good to see everyone though.  We had great meals each night; I actually gained 10 pounds in a week!  I got to visit with my three best friends from high school, which was awesome.  There were a million great memories from the trip, but two stand out more than any.  

The first and best memory was getting to sit and play cribbage with my grandfather all day.  Our family has bee so worried about his health especially after a huge open-heart surgery, which makes it so hard to be 4,000 miles away.  So to be able to sit there and hang out with him for a while was worth the whole trip, even though he ended up destroying me in most of the cribbage games we played.  I did skunk him twice though!  (I won't say how many times he won)

The second great memory was Gwen learning to shoot a gun!  Pat, Gwen's Mom's boyfriend, was teaching her, and it was hilarious.  It was just a little 22 rifle, but it was awesome and we were all laughing for an hour.  

All in all the trip was great.  I just hope that our family knows how much we love and miss them.  I hope we'll all be able to come back and visit soon!

Back to Scuba Diving, we saw our first Hawaiian Seahorse!  We've been diving around Maui for over 7 years and combined we probably have over 15,000 dives around here and we've never seen a Seahorse here.  It was very exciting, even though the little guy we found was in shallow water in a surgery area, which made visibility pretty poor.  It was still awesome.  We might have some little sea ponies around soon too.  We'll update when we can.  Check out the video clips from the encounter.

Maui Seahorse from C3 Submerged on Vimeo.

Thank you all who stuck with the America's Next Top Model Show to see us on TV.  Did you figure out who was who?  Did you see Dan rescue Sundai?  Could you see Gwen? Could you figure out which one of us was standing on the boat?  We were in almost every underwater scene, and Dan shot almost all of the underwater stuff.  Thanks for watching.  Here's the link if you missed it: 

America's Next Top Model

Talk soon, Aloha!


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"America's Next Top Model shoot"

C3 on national t.v.!!!

Tomorrow night (Wednesday 11/4/09) at 7:00pm on the CW network C3 Submerged starred and helped film  a portion of the show America's Next Top Model.  

You will see John in front of the camera talking with the models and also helping them through their newest challenge. The models will have their shirts off but will our eldest brother John... wait and see. Dan will be behind the lens capturing all of the underwater scenes for you viewing pleasure, so don't forget to tune in, you don't want to miss it! 11/4/09 7:00 p.m.

When your there, click on the Americas Next Top Model "Dive Deeper" preview clip;

Dan and I went out and saw our very first Hawaiian Seahorse yesterday!! Combined we have probably over 20,000 dives in Hawaiian waters and had never seen a Hawaiian Seahorse until then. Needless to say... amazing and extremely rare. We have waited a long time to check that rare species off our dive belt. We will post some pictures and video soon. It's a tough life, Dan and I had to work (Look at Seahorses) while John and Gwen are in Disney World playing on Roller coasters (at DEMA dive show) in Florida, it's just not fair.

Aloha and tune in!!!!!!!