behind the seams: maui
posted: April 4, 2014
Condé Nast Traveller recently ranked Maui the #1 island in the U.S., calling its “combination of tropical ambience and American comforts” a “veritable paradise.” Where better to shoot our swimsuit capsule? We asked our key leader Anne, one of the talented athletes on the shoot, for some behind-the-
scenes seams scoop.
Man oh man, where to start? Saying that I’m happy to be here is an understatement. Yesterday was rough, though. Delayed flights, missed connections—made for a long day. But 15 hours later…I made it! Aloha Maui!
The first thing on my mind this morning was a good sweat. Last night’s travels have left me pretty stiff. So it was off to the beach for a sunrise run and then back to the room to stretch and do core work. (Bikini, bikini, bikini…yikes!)
By the way, have you seen the size of island avocados? They are gynormous, which somehow makes them even more delicious. After my run I cooked up an egg white omelette with a side of avocado—a very large “side.”
Today our destination was Ching’s Pond, an attractive location for cliff diving and swimming in crystal clear blue pools. Sounds gorgeous right? One problem: the three hour drive to get there consists of 600 turns on a very narrow road. You pass over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide. All still sounds pretty cool, right? Unless you get motion sickness. Now imagine me, feet kicked up, eyes closed and fresh air blasting on my face. I was visibly green, thinking, “Please don’t puke!” Like I said, I survived.
I also have a secret to tell you: the water at Ching’s Pond was freezing! Cold as ice. When we arrived we were the only ones there, but that didn’t last long because it was the weekend and that pond became very popular. Locals and tourists would come, swim and cliff jump. Actually, the tourists swam and the locals would cliff jump. The 25-foot jump was intimidating! The height wasn’t the scary party, no no, it was the landing. The cliff looked like a funnel, wide open at the top but very narrow at the base with no room for error. The bullseye had to be less than eight-feet wide.
This morning we got an early start to do some run photos. The team had scouted out this gorgeous area earlier in the week; running trails that take you down to an overlook with waves pounding the black rocks below us.
I should confess that I’m no model. Being in front of a camera is not comfortable or natural for me. However, I did run track and was a running addict for a huge chunk of my teens and twenties, so this shoot was in the bag. At least, that’s what I had to keep telling myself.
Go time! Just got a text: meet in the lobby in 10 minutes. We are going to finish shooting the swim suits. We had to keep putting this on hold due to weather. It has been raining non-stop. Today it’s cloudy and windy, but no rain. First thing’s first: I need to shave.
We’ve now had two really rainy days in a row and a good downpour puts a halt on shoots. Often times we were all packed in the car waiting for the weather to blow over, and the second the rain stopped and we’d get an moment of sunshine, we’d jump out of the car and get to work until the rain started up again. We’d repeat this pattern…until the weather won over.
That’s a wrap! It was a complete dream to work with such a talented team in this gorgeous location. I’m so very thankful for our Maui adventure. Feeling blessed for the relationships created, the laughter we had and the possibilities to come.
Check out our product education manager Britt’s swim picks on heylululemon!