Meet the secretive America's Cup videographer with the knack for being in the right place at the right time

He quickly became the unofficial home of America's Cup Racing coverage but amateur photographer Jason Smith sets about his work with just his camera and a selfie tripod. 

Smith's YouTube channel MyislandhomeBDA has become the go to site for thousands of America's Cup fans thanks to his high quality filming of teams practicing out on the Great Sound.

"There is plenty to see from up here above the Great Sound Course," he said.

"I've been spotted by several of the spies for several teams - especially Team New Zealand - he was one of the first people to tell me I was actually very popular on the internet and I checked and sure enough my videos are everywhere!"

Unwittingly, Smith has become part of the espionage ring which usually hides in the shadows of America's Cup racing.

"I always think of James Bond or some type of spy situation.

"The teams are watching my footage so in a way I'm actually spying for them. 

"It's an interesting community really."

So what is his biggest scoop? Spotting a cycle pedestal on board Oracle after the Americans had brushed off the tactic first employed by Team NZ.

"That was just one of those moments where it was like, 'OK, confirmed'!"

Smith says he’s unsure what he will do once the sailing action dies down.

"I've thought about [it] recently - what am I going to do when this thing is over - but I know it has to end sometime but I'm just going to enjoy it while I can."

A sentiment probably shared by his fans.

Jason Smith, or MyislandhomeBDA as he’s better known as, unwittingly become part of the coverage team with just a camera and selfie tripod. Source: 1 NEWS

Video: 'He's a gutsy character… I'd love to fight him!' Parker eager to end Twitter spat with Tony Bellew

Joseph Parker has been particularly blunt with who he wants as his first potential opponent in the UK - Tony Bellew.

The WBO heavyweight champion and British boxer have exchanged words on multiple occasions on social media and Parker wants to finally settle it in the ring in a potential fight in September.

"He's a bigger name, he's just beaten David Haye which shows that he's up there and he's a contender.

"We've been communicating through Twitter, he's a noisy character but he's also a gutsy character. He's a cruiserweight moving up to heavyweight - he's gutsy.

"I'd love to fight him."

Parker said he would be heading back into training at his base in Las Vegas for June and preparing for a fight throughout July to be ready in September.

But Parker could end up facing his original opponent for his May 6 fight, Hughie Fury, if Fury's camp has their way.

The WBO heavyweight champion says the British boxer is 'noisy'. Source: 1 NEWS


Parker admits DUCO split, personal issues affected latest title defence: 'It wasn't my best, maybe 55/60 per cent'

Joseph Parker has admitted the issues revolving around DUCO’s split as well as other personal reasons led to his first world title defence against Razvan Cojanu being well below his standard.

Parker told 1 NEWS a number of outside influences affected his last fight which he won by unanimous decision.

"A lot of it is to do with [DUCO] but a lot of other stuff in the background," he said.

"The performance – it wasn't the best. Maybe 55-60 per cent."

The WBO heavyweight champ will choose either Dean Lonergan or David Higgins to support him in the UK in the next few days. Source: 1 NEWS

While the Kiwi boxer didn't address the "other stuff in the background", he was honest when it came to talking about his promoters' split.

The 25-year-old needs to decide which promoter he'll continue with, as the much publicised split between Dean Lonergan and David Higgins carries on.

The WBO heavyweight champion says the British boxer is 'noisy'. Source: 1 NEWS

Parker heads to the UK in a week or so, before returning to Las Vegas to train for a possible September title defence in England – he told 1 NEWS he'd have to make his decision before then.

"I work well with both guys - it just depend on whatever happens, whatever the outcome is once they sort out their things," he said.

"It'll be a very hard decision... we'll found out very soon what's going to happen."

Parker's Mum, Sala Parker, said the family will support whatever her son chooses.

"Whatever the outcome and hopefully it's going to be a healthy one, we are just carrying on with our own thing at the moment."