There is a sculptural elegance to surfing that belies its brutal edge. Although that fluid grace depends on being able to grip and balance on a seemingly wafer-thin board despite all the pounding waves. I’ve surfed for 15 years and have shown very little improvement, or elegance, in that time. The forces of nature can be rough, relentless - and humbling.  Yet for the dedicated or professional surfer, a breaking wave can be a fully immersive, quasi-religious experience. It becomes their path to personal enlightenment. Or at least a groovy ride. 
In my photographs for Unforgiving Surf, I want to show that extended moment when a surfer fuses with a wave and takes on a more iconic stature. There is certainly beauty in the arc and flow and spray of the water and the intimate way a surfer holds to all that. Or touches a wave once in the barrel as if an energizing life force. Of course the rough and tumble truth of a surfer’s life is the many hours they spend bitter cold and scrambling to stay alive. Catching a big wave at the wrong moment can slam a surfer down into the blackest depths. But catching it at the right moment can lead to glory. In my photographs, I try to find surfers who are just hanging on, barely, to that glorious edge.

Teeth
2017
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Lightning
2015
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Space
2017
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Speed
2017
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Battle
2017
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Waimea Bay
2017
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Off the Cliff
2017
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The North
2017
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Flying
2017
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Water Wall
2017
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Dart
2017
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Attentiveness
2017
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Ridge
2017
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Charging
2017
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Out Run
2017
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The Beginning of Uncertainty
2017
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The Touch
2015
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Lightning
2015
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Confidence
2015
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Unfinished Business
2015
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Drop In
2015
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Smashing
2015
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Unscathed
2015
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Hanging On
2015
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Confronting the Fear
2015
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Closing In
2015
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Attack
2015
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