Photo Friday: Hitting the Whitewater with Balance, Angle & Flair with Alexa Frantz

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One thing we really enjoy when shooting with Alexa Frantz is that she never cuts out of a wave. Every section gets obliterated whether it’s a hooking lip or a chunk of whitewater as shown here.

One of the keys to a nice bash off the whitewater is taking the correct angle of attack …too vertical and you end up out the back while a lateral approach will find you bogging down with a weird and wobbly floater. Alexa takes a path between those two and hits it at 10 o’clock. In shot number two, her positioning is absolutely perfect with her body and arms in flawless right angles while her board is square against the oncoming section. When you get your angles right, the reward is that you can really apply the power and flair which she does in shot #3.

The rest of the sequence is a visual reminder of how important it is to generate good amounts of speed in surfing …approach the whitewater at half speed and you’re done –hit it at full tilt and you’re a hero.

Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant.
Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant.
Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant.
Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant.
Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant.
Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant.
Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant.
Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant.
Alexa Frantz surfing a San Diego secret spot. Photo Friday on Jettygirl.com. Surf photography by Chris Grant.

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

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