Carlos Santana’s Hawaiian Photo Gallery

posted by / Photos / January 10, 2013

In November, we announced that Carlos Santana had won the Baby Cobras photography contest. A few days and a tattletale later, we were forced to nullify his title because Carlos had unknowingly violated a fine print clause. Rather than crush his Black Magic Woman dreams, we chose to send him to Hawaii anyway.

Carlos was exactly what we were looking for in a young photographer. He was enthusiastic. He was eager. He was fun to be around. But what good are any of those things if they’re not coupled with independence? Luckily for us, Carlos Santa was like Anaheim’s George Washington.

Carlos stayed at our house, but we didn’t see very much of him. Every morning before first light, he woke up, chugged a cup of coffee, gathered his gear and sprinted out the door to go shoot. He would disappear all day long, gone with the trade winds, only to return half an hour past sunset with a pocket full of memory cards and a mouthful of stories. “Mitch Crews is a pimp!” or “Me and Mason Ho got caught inside at Rockies, that shit was whack!” His linguistic urban flare was a welcome contrast to the surfy-surf standard, and it was pleasant to hear Mitch Crews referred to as neither a bro nor brah. Then, Carlos would have his nightly glass of Jameson whiskey before settling into the beaten cushions of his couch bed and restarting the cycle.

Here’s the cream of the aforementioned memory cards. All photos and captions by Carlos Santana.

Shooting Pipe has always been on my bucket list, so I was just as stoked as this anonymous surfer to finally be there.

Shooting Pipe has always been on my bucket list, so I was just as stoked as this anonymous surfer to finally be there.

The Baby Cobra writer Garrett English getting amongst the Hawaiian vibes.

The Baby Cobra writer Garrett English getting amongst the Hawaiian vibes.

Ellis Ericson soul-arching at Rockpiles.

Ellis Ericson soul-arching at Rockpiles.

This is from my first session shooting water. It's Gabe Kling at Rockies, just as the sun peaks over the mountains.

This is from my first session shooting water. It's Gabe Kling at Rockies, just as the sun peaks over the mountains.

Kolohe punts on a small day at Off The Wall.

Kolohe punts on a small day at Off The Wall.

The lineup at Pipe waits through a lull.

The lineup at Pipe waits through a lull.

A North Shore lifeguard with the alaia that he shaped. These guys are gnarly.

A North Shore lifeguard with the alaia that he shaped. These guys are gnarly.

Kolohe again, apparently going against the grain.

Kolohe again, apparently going against the grain.

This is the magazine's Assistant Editor, Brendan Buckley, perfecting his slouch.

This is the magazine's Assistant Editor, Brendan Buckley, perfecting his slouch.

I love incorporating clouds into my photography. Oh, and tubing rights.

I love incorporating clouds into my photography. Oh, and tubing rights.

Baby Cobra filmer Matt Payne capturing a moment at Rockies.

Baby Cobra filmer Matt Payne capturing a moment at Rockies.

I had so much fun shooting the North Shore, even on the smallest days of my trip.

I had so much fun shooting the North Shore, even on the smallest days of my trip.

This local guy was picking off corners at Pipe and easily making it out of tubes. No board necessary.

This local guy was picking off corners at Pipe and easily making it out of tubes. No board necessary.

While I was there, I felt like there was something cool happening at any given moment. Mick Fanning wraps up a session at Off The Wall.

While I was there, I felt like there was something cool happening at any given moment. Mick Fanning wraps up a session at Off The Wall.

JD Irons enjoying a crisp one at Pipe.

JD Irons enjoying a crisp one at Pipe.

Overall, I got pretty lucky with not having too many photographers in my photos. This photo was an exception.

Overall, I got pretty lucky with not having too many photographers in my photos. This photo was an exception.

This is another one from the small days. Unidentified hanging out with the clouds.

This is another one from the small days. Unidentified hanging out with the clouds.

The current at Rockies makes it really hard to shoot fisheye. I don't think I've ever had to swim so much in my life. But here’s one photo that came out pretty cool.

The current at Rockies makes it really hard to shoot fisheye. I don't think I've ever had to swim so much in my life. But here’s one photo that came out pretty cool.

Unidentified finds a golden way to end his day.

Unidentified finds a golden way to end his day.

Daniel Jones at Pipe.

Daniel Jones at Pipe.


 

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  • Sliding Sense

    kids running the mag…..

  • randall p

    Hell yea Carlos, hell yeah surfing!

  • Paul

    “Daniel Jones at Pipe.” is really perfect, CONGRATULATIONS!