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Mike Waltze began his cinematography career on the other side of the camera. Since the late 70's Mike has been both a pioneer and figure head in the world of professional and extreme water sports. Working with some of the worlds most respected cinematographers and film makers of the 80's and 90's, helped to shape the camera and film making skills that Mike has been using in television, commercial, and documentary film making.



At the forefront of tow-in surfing, the big wave surfing concept born on Maui and pioneered by the group known as the 'Strapped' team. tow-in surfing uses jet ski's to help the surfer get into giant waves and allows them to use smaller surfboards. Mike at Jaws...Peahi Maui, 1996


Namotu Island In 1994 he and partners Scott O'Connor and Geoff Doig leased a 4 acre island in Fiji that is surrounded by reefs, beaches, and waves, and they built a small private vacation resort catering to fishing, diving, snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and eating and drinking and relaxing.




Mike seems to have a camera in his hand wherever he is. This is at a recent Stand Up Paddle event in South Lake Tahoe. Check out Mikes full lenght documentary on the sport


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