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Lagundri Bay wasn’t the only wave in Indo to catch fire in the bumper swells of July. Located further south in the Playgrounds area of the Mentawai Islands, Nokandui is another spot that manages to draw its own dedicated crew of thrill seekers whenever it reaches a certain size. Its long, foot-to-the-floor tunnels, notoriously skin-hungry reef and gnarly end section provide the perfect arena to get the adrenaline hit the Nokandui specialists crave. In this case it wasn’t just the surfers that were chasing a rush. Mark ‘Stork’ Thompson was in the area shooting the action on a trip with mates when the pulse arrived. He started the day shooting with a drone, nailing everything that moved from the air. Once sufficiently confident he had enough images of the boys to avoid being keel-hauled, he threw the fisheye lens on his camera and jumped into the fray. The thing about shooting fisheye is the wide angle of the lens requires the shooter to get real intimate with their subjects. In this case that meant flirting with roaring eight-foot tubes breaking in frighteningly little water. Get too close and you’ll become one with the lip and be treated to a very painful, up close and personal tour of the reef. “I hadn’t shot fisheye in so long and I wanted to try my luck,” explains Mark. “Years ago, fisheye was my go-to! My lanky frame and lots of time swimming laps in the pool made shooting water relatively easy for me, but I hadn’t done it for quite some time and I wanted to have a crack at something over six feet.” Eventually the swim paid off when Portuguese surfer Nic Von Rupp came flying down the line toward him on one of the biggest waves of the morning. Mark managed to nail this weightless shot from in the lip as Nic motored past – the hungry reef clearly visible below, which thankfully both surfer and photog were able to avoid.