Gabriel Villaran. Photo: Russo.
RUSSELL ORD Returns from Indo with some stunning work.
PHOTOGRAPHER JEFF SCOTT Captures a rare offshore day.
In the early morning hours of 10.5.13. I was tossing and turning listening to the wind pick up. A dream like glance thru the window revealed the windmill turned into the Santa Ana wind. A quick check-off of gear and i was off. Driving south from Seal Beach the must anticipated view of the ethereal yet raw power came into view. After a bit of contemplation I decided to shoot from Huntington beach pier. After a few shots from the beach I ventured out onto the pier. The veiw north and South was awe inspiring. Whether surfing or shooting that same stoked feeling prevails; and the wind prevailed all day..But also as I was leaving I was lucky enough to capture Legendary Skateboarder JAY ADAMS still ripping today!
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PHOTOGRAPHER CHRIS HOY
Togat Nusa Retreat is where I am currently working as a photographer……I ended up here, 87 miles of the coast off Sumatra, Indonesia, in the Mentawai Island chain, by exchanging a few facebook messages with Ainsley, the director of operations here at Togat Nusa Retreat……John and Ainsley Ocean have built an oasis here on this what was once a deserted island……(giligansisland)…..earlier this year I worked on a charter boat called the JIWA that does surfing charters through the Banyaks, Hinako, Telos, and Mentawai Islands here in Indonesia…..my boss knew Ainsley and John, and said they are looking for a photographer out at Togat for August and he had recommended me…..my start date changed 4 times as their previous photographer kept extending her stay(I now understand why as this is photographers paradise), and being a photographer, based in Bali, sure has its advantages, I can be in Sumatra in a day…..so here I am, day 34, on the Island, under my mosquito net, at 5:30 am, listening to the rain fall and writing this…..John Ocean built all the structures here on the island, by hand, with drift wood he pulled out of the ocean, and found on the beach…..it is amazing I call it “DRIFTWOOD-RUSTIC, HILLBILLY-HIPPY SHEIK”……the restaurant/bar/yoga studio/lounge area/livingroom is where we share meals, play music, do yoga, look at the surf and relax……Togat is not just a surf destination for their guests, it has a family vibe, so a lot of couples come as well…..also part of the family, at Togat is a dog named Joe Joe, a cat named Kitty, and a monkey named Beaker……there is a great surfing break out in front, as well as many other surfing breaks, nearby, all accessible by boat……every morning we(the guests, a surf-guide and myself) get on the boat and go for a surf…….sometimes I shoot pictures from the boat in the channel of the guests surfing, with my 100mm-400mm lens and my 1D Mark 2N body……other times I get in the water with the water-housing and swim fins and the 7D and shoot water-shots……sometimes I do both……when shooting water-shots I have many options and combinations of lenses and ports to chose from…..photography has been a passion of mine since I was a young kid as my Dad had the same passion…..I worked in a photo lab when I was 18 for a couple years, and learned about processing, printing, enlarging, C41, E6, B&W, etc…..the only passion I have had longer then photography, is surfing……so being a surfing photographer, Togat Nusa Retreat is the “dream job”……..I have become part of the family and everyday is a new chapter of the book that is written and photographed by me…….
my camera set up
1D Mark-2N body
an SPL water-housing and ports for
an SPL water-housing and ports for
I also have a separate bubble port(for 15mm or 50mm)
24mm-70mm 2.8 L series
70mm-200mm 2.8 L series
70mm-200mm 4.0 L series
100mm-400mm 4.5 L series
Photographer RICKY LESSER
I was recently over on the big island on a family getaway and wanted to try out my new little cam. some people are hating on them but if its handy, easy to use and produces, then i say, for fun why the hell not. Here are a few snappy’s from outside of KONA.
PHOTOGRAPHER OLIVIER BLASCHEK
What is a ”surf trip”? Literally we could just say a surf trip abroad with arrival at the international airport, taxi deposited at the hotel with swimming pool and surfing in the waves in front.It is a cliché that is, it must be for everyone, for our part we choose the surf trip back to the old, where the waves still deserve.
Overview of a typical day. Up at down, surfing until the wind picks up at 9am, breakfast, break, lunch, surf, rest and surf at sunset
Life there is a haven of peace without advertising, no TV, no shopping center.
The spots are rarely isolated and are regularly greeted by children and their “Hello Mister! ”That we are launching an echo. Shooting triggers laughter and smiles when they discover onthe screen and then they leave as they arrived without warning.
The quality of the surf is up to our expectations. We find waves between 1m and 3m down on reefs, the water is crystal clear and warm (28 ° C), mostly just to share between us. Thischange from the French Atlantic waters more. Here the waves regularity and precision of a Swiss clock. Be careful though to little water sometimes, which also form perfect inside tubeswhich we love snuggling we can also punish the slightest drop various scars more or less deep. It is important to know your own limits as always keep in the back of his mind that the nearest hospital is 6-hour drive!
In short, a wild trip away from our superficial habits, when the surf trip take its meaning.
Photographer MIKE DELANZO
Well i left San Diego on Friday at 5am to get the LARGE SSW swell that had been pumping at the Wedge a day earlier,I was anticipating 4-6 foot waves with some SUN,but what i found was an overcast (june gloom ) As i was on the phone talking to my older son diving down the coast in Santa Monica i saw the first sign of waves off the point at the Chart House,..i shouted out at Cory “It’s big and going off”! I’ll call u back…I pulled over on the other side of the PCH (north bound) the traffic was stopped up due to a car southbound crashed into a fire hydrant so it was a maze walk to the other side….I saw this 8’ set at a place that every 5 to 8 years breaks and when its on it ON! I tried to maintain and shoot a couple more sets and to scope it out ,suited up and grabbed my 6.8 VONSOL rounded pin and had 2 hours with no one out but me,… YEEEEWW! I had some of my best shacks of my life!…I was waiting for my girlfriend to get off work so I had some more time to kill so I drove farther north to the Buu,(Malibu) and again I drive up to see 8 to 10 foot sets macking from 3rd point to the pier!! So running to the pier like kid I posted up at the end of the pier and shot for about an hour it was great to see Malibu my old stomping ground in the seventies break like I remembered! But alas I pack up again and head to Dume another old spot we use too have great surf memories,she was breaking too,.. Crazy good at the point sucking out and the bay was firing too. It was a drag to see so many people out but thats progress I guess!….Bumped into an old friend and talked about old times all in all just one hell of a day!
PHOTOGRAPHER MIKE DELANZO captures Malibu on a epic day