The variety of people in this town never ceases to amaze me. Take Michael “Bigdog” Anderson for instance. You’ve probably seen him about town on his Yamaha Road Star, or “YamaHog” as he calls it.
Now, stopping burly men on bikes is something I don’t do very often, but for Patch and the people of Carlsbad, I’m delighted to take my chances.
When it comes to taking chances, “Bigdog” has no fear. This former vice president of a building materials company has lived in Carlsbad for over 17 years and has been traveling the world working on well over 1000 broadcast productions, mainly , major networks, independent documentaries, etc. “Many times I’m director of photography and/or a long lens camera operator,” he says, “but there are also projects where I’m called up to produce and direct.”
So how does a VP of a building materials company cross over to a hands-on, highly visible position in broadcast media? “The opportunity came up, and I took it.” Okay, simple as that, I suppose. Bigdog can be a man of few words (short soundbites, as they say in his industry).
But this man of few words has been many places covering the extreme: 40 U.S. states, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Panama, Costa Rica, Brazil, Tahiti, Fuji, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, the Azores, France, Italy, Wales, Monaco, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Spain, Portugal and England.
I specifically listed all these locations because this is what he said next: “When I’m out working in all these exotic places, I want to come home to a place that’s equally as nice, and that’s Carlsbad. That’s why I live here. There’s so much to do—the beach, mountains not too far away. It’s like living in vacationland.”
But the thing he likes doing most when he’s home is riding that “YamaHog” around Carlsbad. So if you happen to see him, don’t be too shy to say hello and ask him about the time a racing jet ski took him out on that ESPN shoot in ’94—extreme. That’s Carlsbad’s “Bigdog” Anderson.
Click these links to see some of the action through Mike's lens:
Jake Brown Super Crash (handheld camera under fall)
Cam Sinclair FMX Best Trick Gold (100x long lens camera)
Heath Frisby Gold SnoX (handheld camera underneath flip)