photo by Brian Bielmann
Shayne Goodwin grew up on Hawaii’s vaunted North Shore and became a two-time
world champion surfer. Along the way she
picked up a camera and documented the wild, ultra-exclusive nomadic tribe of
wave chasers in which she found herself. In preparation for the Oliver Peoples WEST event that exhibited of a selection from
her OHANA series, taken behind the scenes on the North Shore in 1999, we talked
to Goodwin and discovered she’s still looking West.
Surfer culture is extra tough, very boys
club-y. What made you want to infiltrate that world rather than run the other
was either go big or go home! I have
always been a tomboy. I never thought
about it as something I had to infiltrate. I was the runt of the bunch, and the only
girl. They messed with me: they popped
my tires, dropped in on me, and put soap on my board instead of wax. I guess it was an initiation. It is a very strong culture of respect. I knew I had to work extra hard to keep up
Now you are very much on the inside, part
of that family, of course, has the exclusivity culture of surfing changed at
core is still the same, but now everyone is exposed to it. The bonds that held us together are as strong
as they ever were. That's why these
photos are so special to me, because no one during that time was seeing them,
What is the hardest thing about traveling
the world with your family?
hardest thing about traveling the world with a toddler and a newborn means no
sleep and feeling like a zombie at times. Try being stuck in a covered
school bus with two kids and a husband for 6 straight days while it pours and
hales outside in New Zealand—it turned out to be one of my favorite parts of
the whole trip on our documentary, The
Goodwin Project. But the only time
you really slow yourself down is when you're forced to… and that's when the
best memories are made.
What is your ideal vacation?
like being home on Kauai, picking the fruit off the trees and working in the
garden that feeds my family every night.
learn more about Daize and her family, visit The Goodwin Project