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..