The Perfect Day, Christian Redongo Zak Noyle
Photographer Zak Noyle will fly halfway around the world at a moment's notice to shoot the planet's best surfers dropping into monster barrels. We caught up with the photographer to find out what that’s like.
And for a deeper look into his photography, read our interview with Noyle.
Close Up, Fisher Heverly Zak Noyle
"I don’t shoot it very technical. A lot of photographers will shoot the action very tight and get that power look to it. Or they’ll look to get the wave crashing. I like to put the viewer in the photo."
Energy, Parker Coffin Zak Noyle
"The majority of the waves I’m shooting are over a hard reef. It’s definitely not something I take lightly. That reef break has killed people before. You can get injured in a multitude of ways."
Illumination, Danny Fuller Zak Noyle
"With the fisheye, you’re inches away from the guy’s rail as he’s coming up. You’re just ducking under. I’m watching his line of where he’s going, where he’s coming from, how the wave’s breaking. It’s a little bit of a calculation in your head to see where you can be without getting hit."
Pipeline, Hawaii Zak Noyle
"Pipeline is definitely my toughest. It’s just a dangerous wave."
Derek Dunfee, Hawaii Zak Noyle
"I want something that people will be surfing through the pages and then stop and go, 'Whoaa.' That wow factor that puts them in that place and makes them go, 'I wish I was there. I wish I felt this one.' I want to give them something they almost don’t comprehend, but the photo is there."
Playground, Dede Suryana Zak Noyle
Noyle was in southern Indonesia on an expedition for Surfer magazine. He and his friends had been surfing off a fishing boat for four days when this trash suddenly appeared. "It covered as far as the eye could see," he said. "It lasted maybe an hour, then it was all pushed onto the land. It appeared when we were in the water already, so we had no choice but to surf through it. No one had ever seen trash like this before."
New Creativity, Jamie O’Brien Zak Noyle
"It’s like a truck flying into you. It can push you back maybe thirty, forty, fifty yards underwater. Once you get in it, things calm down. But if you’re in the zone where it’s breaking, it’s very dangerous."
Energy, Danny Fuller Zak Noyle
"I treat fitness and working out as my job, because if I’m unable to swim and stay out in the surf, I’m unable to do my job. I work out everyday. I do three days of swimming in a pool, lap swimming. I’ll swim with fins so my feet are conditioned to that."
Wings, Tyler Larrond Zak Noyle
"But what people don’t understand is that shooting in waves like this, it is difficult because the port is so buoyant. You’re having difficulty diving under the waves. You’re getting tossed over the falls."
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