Jay Haysey has been forging a path into the depths of windsurfing, taking the slightly alternative route as professional photographer. This has opened up a huge host of opportunities to mingle with some of the finest athletes to have stepped on this Earth. With a keen eye on marketing and social media, it seems his skills are not only snapping from behind the camera. Read on to find out more as Jay Haysey leads you in to a day in the life as the GlobalShots Managing Director - keeping things 'refreshingly different'...
The days start pretty early in Maui, so it's up for a morning surf or SUP with some snacks to keep the energy up, back for breakfast and the all important coffee to get the day started off.
This is usually spent on Skype, photoshop, social media sites & replying to emails. Running the GlobalShots enterprise usually consists of Skype meetings to potential and current clients, we just signed a deal with MFC to run there online social media marketing & I'm working hard on a photographic project in Greece this summer in Vassiliki. Then there is downloading and editing pictures from the day before to upload to the GlobalShots multimedia sites for our fans to enjoy, keeping the website and Facebook pages fresh with our content is an important part of our work. I also use this time to do the updates for the agreements we have with other companies like Club Vass, Two Elements watersports & now MFC, this also involves keeping their online sites fresh and exciting, using our photographic and video skills.
Check the conditions outside, see if there are waves/wind but most importantly I check the clouds to see what the light is like for shooting, this particular day I was up in the heli with JC during the Starboard photoshoot, They were shooting free ride and then jumping down at a spot called camp one, this kind of thing fills a few memory cards and in turn causes a lot more work for the following morning, so I always have that in mind when the camera is set to 10 pictures a second! You don't want to miss the action from the heli because it costs $750 per hour but also the more pictures you take the more time you spend on your laptop downloading them, through experience you end up finding the right balance!
Lunch on the move!
I usually call a few guys to check the conditions again at the beaches. I'm mostly doing watershots at the moment so Ho'okipa seems right for that as thats where the action is, and you need the action while your swimming otherwise your mind tends to wonder off and you start to think what is swimming below you!
Time to get rid of the last bit of energy and to burn off all the snacks. We set up a prison gym in front of our house, the workouts are structured by Neil who used to work for MPG! He's designed the workout to improve swimming and duck diving mast high waves.
Is chill out time, food, beers, BBQ's or partys - Lately the American Windsurf Tour had an opening party up at the Goya/Quatro factory, free beer and food which was epic, the place got stickered up pretty well!!!