dou­ble vision

New Zealand Surfing - - Between Sets -

Not the dou­ble vision that oc­curs at around 4AM on New Years ben­der, or while bed rid­den in some trop­i­cal third world coun­try in­fected with a jun­gle virus, but two vi­sions of the same mo­ment at the same time from two dif­fer­ent an­gles!

Firstly, let’s set the scene! Fresh back from a stint chas­ing comps in Aus­tralia, Daniel Farr, who is the man pic­tured here caught in the cross­fire of lenses, re­turned home to take on the Bil­l­abong Grom Se­ries at Whanga­mata, which just so hap­pened to co­in­cide with the first real swell in sev­eral months. Daniel, in prime form af­ter rub­bing shoul­ders with the Ozzie ta­lent, had built up a handy lead in his first-round heat over his ri­vals, when he de­cided he would not only win the heat, he would win the crowd, and when this sec­tion reared down the line he let it all hang out! Next we had the men be­hind the lenses! On the beach shoot­ing the me­dia photos for the event we had our Edi­tor/Staff Pho­tog­ra­pher Cory Scott, a 23 year pro, shoot­ing with the long lens. Then fresh out of his own heat we had ju­nior surfer Shane Kraus of Piha, who had swum out down the beach with his wa­ter hous­ing, only mo­ments af­ter his own per­for­mance in the rashy, and timed his en­trance per­fectly with a rag­ing Daniel Farr who flew off the end sec­tion un­know­ingly be­ing caught on cam­era be­tween the fire of the two shut­ters of two cam­eras. Shane, who has grown to be­come one of our favourite surfers to watch at events over the last year first got into pho­tog­ra­phy three years ago, dur­ing a trip to Hawaii when he was in­spired by Clark Lit­tles gallery, and picked up his wa­ter hous­ing only months ago. Shane, sens­ing he nailed gold, came straight in and showed Cory his hand­i­work, which in­stantly im­pressed the man who has a rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing hard to im­press! “When I saw Daniel fly­ing down the line, I knew what was com­ing next. Then I saw this head bob­bing on the in­side and im­me­di­ately thought, is that a wa­ter pho­tog­ra­pher? And knew straight away that would have been a sick an­gle if they nailed it! Turns out Shane nail gunned that thing hard. Over the last cou­ple of years I have watched Shane ma­ture as a surfer, and he is re­ally ex­cit­ing to watch, at the Na­tional Champs he was very un­lucky, get­ting lost at sea, which was a shame, as I think he is the kind of surfer that could go all the way and win ti­tles. It is epic to see Shane out there swim­ming around, shoot­ing in be­tween his surf­ing and he re­minds me a lot of my­self. When I first started shoot­ing I was fore­most a surfer, and I used to also com­pete in all the na­tional events, then shoot­ing took over and de­vel­oped into the po­si­tion I am in to­day. But I re­ally miss and look back on those days of picking up the cam­era, fir­ing a few shots then grab­bing the board, or trav­el­ling through Indo shoot­ing the best cou­ple of days in the month and surf­ing the rest. These days it’s a full com­mit­ment to shoot­ing first and if there is any time left then and only then can I go surf. So Shane re­minds me of my early days and it’s epic to see a grom out there lov­ing the art, and I re­ally look for­ward to see­ing what he pro­duces in the fu­ture!”- Cory the Ed..

Im­age by Cory Scott

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