SwimSwam Film Fest: Bodysurfing Ho’okipa

I’m a swim film festival fan, and I love this short film, this swimming video, Bodysurfing Ho’okipa, captured by Mike Donohoe.  

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From the filmmaker / producer Mike  Donohoe:

GMM, I wanted to share an edit I just finished called Bodysurfing Ho’okipa. If you’ve been to Maui you may know Ho’okipa surf break. There aren’t too many regular body surfers there. Mostly just the four from this video. It’s one of my favorite places to swim. Since retiring from swimming in 2007, I have struggled to get back into competitive swimming. Body surfing has replaced racing as my favorite in water activity.

Music: Olentangy John – Daniel
Shot on GoPro Hero 3
Cut in Adobe Premiere
Colored in Davinci Resolve

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Aloha Mel,

I was the Producer and one of the Bodysurfers in this 13 episode, Season One, TV Series filmed in Brasil, California, Oahu, and Maui that began airing in January and continues with regular repeats. http://canaloff.globo.com/programas/homem-peixe/videos/

I connected with Mike Donohoe on Maui last Fall and we filmed us bodysurfing and handboarding with other Maui locals (Kaliya Mayell, Don Pepe and Joanne Sheng) at Windmills (Maui Pipeline) and Ho’okipa.

Mahalo Nui,


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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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