Surfer: Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater and I were in Tahiti for the Teahupoo contest. On the day that we shot this photo, Kelly and I traveled to another spot in Tahiti in search for waves, since Teahupoo was really crowded. Lucky for Kelly, he was the only guy out, and enjoyed about 6 hours worth of perfect waves with no one else around.
During this session, Kelly was going through his bag of tricks, unleashing everything from new school airs to his signature cutback. For this shot, we we're tracking behind him on the jet ski and I threw out the idea that he should do something "above the lip" for the next shot. When he took off, I yelled 'show us your fins' and then he did this.
With Kelly, you're always in for a show. I think what made this image so special is the classic Tahiti backdrop, paired with surfing by the greatest surfer of all time.
Shooting from behind the wave allowed me to capture the mountainous beauty of Tahiti, along with the high performance surfing of Kelly Slater.
24" x 16"
50 limited-edition prints, with signed & numbered provenance card
*Size listed is the image size.
*All photographs come with a 1" boarder on all sides.