I was getting a head start on a corporate blog post this afternoon when Stephen walked in with one hand measuring a height next to his head, and the other waving me to come on.
The surf was supposed to be incredibly small today, so I was pretty shocked when he said it was him and another guy surfing head high waves at Off The Wall. With a little reluctance, I was out the door with camera gear and a rash guard in hand.
There were a few guys out at Off The Wall when we got there and it looked fun. Five minutes after paddling out I picked off a wave that I’ll remember for years to come. I took off way deep and backdoored a barrel, followed by turns and carves all the way to the beach. Stephen and I rode shoulder to head high waves for over an hour. I was stoked after my first session at Off The Wall.
After snapping shots from the Beach for 30 minutes or so it was time to test out the GoPro3 in some surf. I had never shot from the water before, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I put the camera on 5 shot photo burst mode and swam in front of Stephen, diving below his fins at the last second on many waves.
Swimming with the GoPro gave me an awesome perspective of surfing Off The Wall, or the North Shore in general. When I dove under sets, I would open my eyes and it was incredible how close the reef was to my face on each wave. It’s so shallow, but so beautiful.
After today’s swim session I can say that I’ll be shooting from the water a lot more. It’s a real challenge, and offers some incredible sights. Below are my shots from today- on and off the land. Enjoy!