This is Jackson Coffey. He is a ranked Aussie junior surfer. He is competing in the Australian Open of Surfing coming up next week.
These shots were taken at the famous D’Bah on the Gold Coast late last year. On this particular day there was a big swell coming in from the northern end which, I gather from the locals, is unusual. Anyway it provided an opportunity to get some awesome close up shots because of the elevated vantage point offered by the cliffs at the northern end of the bay. You can see why Jackson is ranked; he gets a LOT of air!! This is the first of two posts of Jackson from this session.
I have to confess that generally I’m not that much ‘into’ the longboard surfing. I know it’s how it all started out but….there are reasons things evolve! I do find the short board style of surfing much more ‘physical’ and dramatic so therefore both more challenging to shoot and also more satisfying in terms of dramatic shots.
However there is an exception to every rule (as we know) and I rather like this set of pics of a guy surfing on a longboard. These were taken at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast a few years ago now. There was a good swell rolling in and that certainly helped the situation. In a couple of them you can really see the board picking up speed and momentum and the shot where he’s really coming out of the water has a lovely sense of power I think.
Additionally….well I think it was one of those sets where the colours in particular all came together to make the photos work. Big blocks of bold colour; really green water, orange (unpatterned) boardies, yellow board…even the fact the guy is very tanned..? Anyway hope you enjoy them too….:)