We know that space for Hawaiian imagery in surf media is usually reserved for between the months of November and February, but when this gorgeous sky high image of Backdoor slid into our inbox we had to let you see it too. It comes courtesy of our American amigo, Ryan Craig, who through some good fortune and paying his dues over many seasons, was finally able to snag a bedroom in front of surfing’s premier wave for the first time.
“This past January and February I was posted up on the 50 yard line of surfings most famous break at The Volcom House,” recalls Ryan. “One of the big advantages of staying on the beach is being able to shoot these short windows of brilliance that happen throughout the day. The conditions change fast in Hawaii so it’s ideal to always have an eye on the changing waves. Another advantage was being able to sit back and fly a drone off the porch, which of course was how I managed to snag this shot. One of the most striking parts of the image is the detail of the hungry Pipe/Backdoor reef waiting below for the unlucky surfer.”
We asked Ryan if this detailed view of the reef gave him any cheeky formations to help with positioning and swimming out there.“The reef at Backdoor is notoriously shallow but when you’re swimming out there it’s too hard to see the features of the reef,” admitted Ryan. “The perspective of the reef is radically different photographed at 100 metres up in the sky though. It definitely adds an element of spookiness, but in reality it’s always been there, you just don’t see it. Perhaps ignorance is bliss?”