Casey is one of those guys that just seem to have that natural ability and make things look so easy. Here he is at his favorite break. Often Casey will be surfing some obscure break down the road that is not as good as his local break but he would prefer to avoid the crowds and the hassle that comes with them.
This was a case of being in the right place at the right time. I saw the Queen Mary coming and thought how cool it would be to have someone surfing in the foreground. The next thing Angus is on a bomb left and there we go, a once in a lifetime shot.
I can imagine the shaping bay being a pretty lonely place as nobody but the shaper wants to get full of dust. But this is the moment that makes it all worth while, adding your signature to your master piece.
One of my favourite photographs as I grew up in the same neighbourhood as Frankie and have known him since then. He is one of the best free surfers around and has been forever and just blows me away each time I see him surf.
Anyone who surfs in town will know JJ for his unique style and his desire to charge any type of condition. He is one of those quiet characters with some interesting surf travel stories so stop him one day and have a chat.
On this day the east had started and everyone disappeared from the crowded line up to the cameramen on the beach. For some reason I stayed a few more minutes and that is when Jordy and Travis started using the onshore to boost some huge airs. This just shows the difference between Jordy and most aerialists as you can see how far he projects his board. He was doing this on 5-6 foot close outs and of course making them.
Returning from a wedding up the north coast I saw the lines pouring in so I raced down for a glimpse of what I had missed out on and saw these waves breaking so cleanly on this reef. I have dived here a lot but have never surfed it or seen anyone surf it. Just one of many setups on our amazing coast.
I have surfed here once and it is extremely creepy although it is often one of the best breaks on our coast. I have spearfished here once as well but got chased out by a big Zambezi so those stories you here are real. Actually my dad surfed here when he was young and used to get chased out by the local police because of the danger of a shark attack. Do you still want to know where it is?
I was commissioned to go photograph a dive resort at Sodwana and by chance I took my board with as I had never surfed there or heard any stories about it. I scored some unbelievable sessions for a few days mostly on mu own and with such crystal clean, warm water it was like being in paradise.
Slade is out at his local break no matter how big it gets in fact he is often the only one out. I am backing him to be the next best from our local shores as he has the talent, the guts and passion to go all the way. On top of this he is still humble and a pleasure to have in the lineup.
This was just after I had interviewed Shane and heard his amazing story about his fight with drug addiction and how he turned to God for help. Shane has always been such a friendly guy to me even when I was a new face in the crowded New Pier lineup which is quite a contradiction to all the mucho stories you hear.
My friend Stuart about to face every surfer’s nightmare of squeaking over the first one only to find a bigger one about to break on your head. One of those moments where you can laugh only because you are so relieved that it is not you.
For once I had the patience to stop at all the breaks that I usually just drive past but wish I had photographed. This day the coast was pumping and I stopped and photographed so many empty lineups that I had to eventually get in myself. You can only photograph perfect waves for so long and then you just have to get in.
This was a project for the magazine where I spent some time with the street kids of Uthombo and got to know them a little bit better. There are so many of them now who are ripping and just recently 3 of them qualified as lifeguards on Durban beaches. The work being done there is inspiring as they have changed so many lives and given a purpose to so many.
That moment when you are standing at the end of the pier waiting for a perfect break to avoid the fringe parting cyclone swell that is pounding the Durban Beachfront makes your heart rate go up just a few beats.
Photography started for me around 1997 when I travelled to the UK and then from there to various exotic destinations around the world where I captured the beauty of the local people and landscapes. When I returned to SA I decided by chance to just start doing portraiture and weddings.
Back then it was all film and there weren’t many brave enough to jump into the wedding industry as you never knew what your results would be like unlike today where you just look on the back of a screen(although this is not always correct any way). I grew up in the water thanks to my dad who was a keen surfer, fisherman, diver etc and he got us going with bodyboards(nobody is reading this are they) which quickly progressed to surfboards and has been that way for the last 30 years.
I always wanted to get into surf photography because of my love for the ocean but I had the misconception that standing on the beach taking surfing photographs was the equivalent to being a beach bum. That perception changed the minute I tried my hand at it and realized how hard it was to get that perfect image. Their are so many factors to consider for that perfect shot that I admire all those that do it full time and excel at it.
The hardest part is always getting to the beach and seeing your local point at it’s best and trying to decide on whether to shoot or jump in and surf. For me being in the water surfing at my local point on a good day is the best feeling in the world but there is also that feeling of complete stoke when you go back and edit your images and find that image you often dream of.
Unfortunately there isn’t a huge market for surf photography in SA but I use this part of my profession to get the soul rejuvenated and the adrenaline juices flowing once again.