Thursday, December 20, 2012

[PUBLISHED WORK] Zigzag Surfing Magazine Issue 37.1

So totally and utterly stoked to have another shot printed in South African surfing magazine, Zigzag. And even more stoked that it's in the issue with SA's female surfing sensation, Bianca Buitendag, gracing the cover. Bianca just made the 2013 World Tour - really looking forward to watching her progress in the new year. Get your copy of Zag to check it out! Thanks again to the Zag crew for choosing to run my line-up shot (featured on the right, terrible scan quality, sorry!). 

P.S. This shot also won Surfline's October Photo Challenge - thank you so much to everyone who spontaneously voted for my image. Whoever you are, you rock! Read my interview here

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Life in Liquid

I've been putting in some good time in the water lately in a real effort to improve my confidence and skills behind the lens in the water. Every time I swim out I'm reminded of just how challenging water photography is, and each time I have a renewed sense of awe for guys who do this in bigger surf on a regular basis.  Water photography is scary, exciting, challenging, amazing and totally out of my comfort zone, but I love it. Mastering it is definitely my goal for 2013. A special thanks to my personal lifeguards, Nick & Cameron, who help me through the bigger sets and keep me pushing myself in the water (And who voluntarily go over the falls in a quest to show me that it's really not that bad...thanks guys!). Here are some photographs from the weekend (tips and feedback very welcome!).

Monday, November 19, 2012

West Coast Boardriders Event 4

On Saturday I shot the West Coast Boardriders event, held at Big Bay. It was the most stunning day at the beach and I really enjoyed shooting this contest. I witnessed some spectacular surfing go down; in fact, the event turned into a bit of an airshow. Here are some of my favourite shots from the day. The rest will be uploaded into an album on my Facebook page.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Ice Cream Headaches

Hello Summer! The fact that we've had a South East wind pumping for over a week now, coupled with the fact that I just saw my first Christmas Beetle, means Summer has finally arrived in South Africa! The other thing that the South East wind brings is an amazing crystal clear ocean, which is also exceptionally cold. While the water may look beautiful and inviting, step your toes in and you won't feel them for a few hours after. Here are my shots covering the first official Summer sessions at two of our most beautiful beaches.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

[PUBLISHED WORK] Zigzag Photo Journal 2012

If there's one thing my photography career to date has taught me, it's that dreams do come true. And that's exactly how I felt when I found out my photograph was being used for the intro to this year's Zigzag Surfing Magazine Photo Journal. I remember buying my first Zag photo journal and paging through it, in awe of the photographs, and only dreaming that I would one day have a photograph worthy of being included in this publication. I feel totally honoured to be included among some of the most talented surf photographers South Africa has to offer. A massive thank you to an incredible photographer and mentor, Alan van Gysen, and the rest of the Zag team for choosing to include my photograph this year. Buy a copy now, available from most CNA's, Exclusive Books and surf stores I think. If anything, you don't want to miss the feature on AvG's Namibia photographs - totally inspiring and just down right incredible.

P.S. While you're at it, go and cast your vote for Zigzag's Surf Photo of the Year. Some incredible shots that deserve a vote - do it!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Surfing South African Women's Pro Cape Town 2012

Yesterday was the first ever Surfing South Africa Women's Pro event hosted simultaneously in three cities across South Africa. The Cape Town event was held at Long Beach in relatively small conditions but the girls performed really well. Congrats to Tanika Hoffman who took out both the u20 and open women's titles! I only shot for a short while so no creative or scenic shots this time unfortunately.

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