Surfing From the Water’s Perspective

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!

My gem from the day. A draining barrel at Off The Wall.

My gem from the day. A draining barrel at Off The Wall.

 

Stephen floating above the reef

Stephen floating above the reef

 

Nice wave, right?

Nice wave, right?

 

A little shredder making a hard turn.

A little shredder making a hard turn.

 

Stephen taking off on a wave at Off The Wall

Stephen taking off on a wave at Off The Wall

 

Stephen's takeoff continued

Stephen’s takeoff continued

 

She's ready to charge!

She’s ready to charge!

 

Nice little air at Backdoor

Nice little air at Backdoor

 

A wave breaking over the reef at Off The Wall. So much beauty in this shot.

A wave breaking over the reef at Off The Wall. So much beauty in this shot.

 

Another view of a wave breaking over the reef

Another view of a wave breaking over the reef

 

The look on this Hawaiian's face sums up why every surfer loves riding waves.

The look on this Hawaiian’s face sums up why every surfer loves riding waves.

 

This little guy was ripping it up on his body board at Off The Wall.

This little guy was ripping it up on his body board at Off The Wall.

 

To surf or tan, that is the question.

To surf or tan, that is the question.

 

This guy got a fun little head dip.

This guy got a fun little head dip.

 

Stephen's fins and his hand dragging along the face of a wave at Off The Wall. I'm directly below.

Stephen’s fins and his hand dragging along the face of a wave at Off The Wall. I’m directly below.

 

Parting shot. I took this when I was swimming in.

Parting shot. I took this when I was swimming in.

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