Photos: Albee Layer’s Injured Muse

posted by / Photos / January 8, 2014

All Photos And Captions: Albee Layer

Ian Walsh on one of the better waves of the day at small Honolua.

Ian Gentil on one of the better waves of the day at small Honolua.

Kai Barger currently has the most clips in Attractive Distractions. I feel like he’s one of the most underrated surfers around. I think (in my extremely biased opinion) he should stop being forced to waste time on the north shore and just film around Maui. There aren’t many people that are as fun to watch in any condtion like Kai.

Kai Barger currently has the most clips in Attractive Distractions. I feel like he’s one of the most underrated surfers around. I think (in my extremely biased opinion) he should stop being forced to waste time on the North Shore and just film around Maui. There aren’t many people that are as fun to watch in any condition like Kai.

In case you didn’t know, Matt Meola and I are kind of friends. It’s safe to say he’ll have a few clips in the movie.

In case you didn’t know, Matt Meola and I are kind of friends. It’s safe to say he’ll have a few clips in the movie.

Nalu Wallace is part of the slightly older crew that my friends and I always looked up to. He’s now a full daddy, so he sometimes shows up without surfing for months and either goes on the biggest wave of the day or does an uncle hack like this one.

Nalu Wallace is part of the slightly older crew that my friends and I always looked up to. He’s now a full daddy, so he sometimes shows up without surfing for months and either go on the biggest wave of the day or do an uncle hack like this one.

Matt Meola and Kai Barger heading out to the office.

Matt Meola and Kai Barger heading out to the office.

The rarity of this wave makes for some crazy crowds. On Maui, it’s a constant war between windsurfers, kitesurfers, regular surfers and stand up paddlers. We all hate each other in the water but love each other on land.

The rarity of this wave makes for some crazy crowds. On Maui, it’s a constant war between windsurfers, kitesurfers, regular surfers and stand up paddlers. We all hate each other in the water but love each other on land.

Kai again, on his forehand. See — I wasn’t kidding.

Kai again, on his forehand. See — I wasn’t kidding.

Kalani came over to shoot with us for a few days. I think he’s the best 16-year-old surfer in the world. He watches what every guy is doing in surfing and skating and takes that into his approach in both sports. This is him on the inside ramp at Honolua.

Kalani David came over to shoot with us for a few days. I think he’s the best 16-year-old surfer in the world. He watches what every guy is doing in surfing and skating and applies that in his approach in both sports. This is him on the inside ramp at Honolua.

According to Albee Layer, the first step you must take in order to fracture your collarbone is to purchase a mountain bike. After that, it’s only inevitable. Albee, a perfectionist when it comes to timing, cracked his clavicle just as Hawaii starting having one of the best winters in recent memory. But instead of lying around like a bundle of worthlessness, Albee’s found a new way to keep busy — he’s grabbed hold of a camera and shot photos of his friends. Coincidentally, his friends happen to be as lavishly talented as he, and so it’s made for some cool images. You can browse through them above, then read an interview with Albee below. Oh, and did we mention he’s making a movie? —Brendan Buckley

SURFING Magazine: So you’re hurt?

Albee Layer: Yep, I broke my collar bone.

How does one go about doing that?

Just get into mountain biking. Do it for maybe a month or two and it’s bound to happen [laughs]. I hurt it on the bike about 6 weeks ago and my doctor says I have three more weeks before I can surf. I think I’m gonna start longboarding pretty soon though.

And you’ve been taking photos in the mean time?

Yeah that’s been my new thing, embracing my inner hipster. Gotta have some kind of personality to make it in this sport [laughs]. Whenever I’ve been hurt in the past, I’d mess around and film my friends a little bit. I kind of get into it. This time, I’ve been taking some photos too. Luckily my friend Dan — whom I’m making a movie with — has a 5D that he’s letting me borrow.

A Movie?

We’re calling it Attractive Distractions and by no means is it an “Albee movie.” It’s just a movie that, I don’t know, I’m gonna help make. So when I take photos or film, I feel like I’m putting work into that. It’s better than just sitting around being worthless.

When are you going to release Attractive Distractions?

Well the best and worst thing about it is that we don’t have anyone helping us out, and probably never will, so we’re free to take however long we want. But our goal is to finish it by the end of the summer, by Labor Day. We’re probably three or four trips away from being done. But we’ve only done one so far…

Are you going to make DVDs or put it online?

I absolutely don’t want it to be considered a web clip. We’ll definitely be making some DVDs. I don’t know if they’ll sell though. I’m not expecting to make any money. Really, all I want to to is have fun with it.

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One Response to “Photos: Albee Layer’s Injured Muse”

  1. Garek says:

    I’ve fractured 1 collarbone and separated both. Although it hurt like hell, I got back in the water in 6 weeks with the fracture, 3 weeks with each separation. That first wave, regardless of how Nemo’d out you feel, is SUCH a relief. Busted collarbones are simply an achy nuisance huh? Better than a busted arm, wrist or leg though!

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