Many years ago, possibly in the 1980’s, one of the three major surf magazines (Surfer, Surfing, or Breakout) at the time ran a feature that showed two photos of the same surf moment taken at the same time. The concept has intrigued me for years and is something I’ve always wanted to try. A few months back while my son was out of school for Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, I enlisted his help to give the photo experiment a try. We decided that he’d post up on the beach while I went for a swim.
A few days earlier I mentioned our experiment to the super talented longboarder, Tory Gilkerson, who was quick to join in. It seems that more often than not, weather systems attempt to foil any photo plans but that wasn’t the case this time—we were greeted with glassy, shoulder-high to overhead surf with bright sunshine and light offshore winds. Tory usually bolts straight for the lefts, but knowing what we were trying to do, she paddled out and scored lengthy backside noserides on right after right.
A couple of things stick out in my mind from this session at Oceanside Harbor. First, it’s a lot tougher to get simultaneous photos than I would have thought. On Tory’s best two waves, my son missed one due to cell phone distractions while I completely blew another one by using the wrong focus point in my camera, basically focusing on a bubble in the water instead of on Tory who was enjoying a lengthy noseride on a flawless left that peeled through the lineup (see video). The second thing that sticks out in my mind is how much smaller the waves look in water shots compared to ones shot from land. It never ceases to amaze me …I’ll swim in after a heart-racing session, load the photos onto the computer, then wonder how in the world I thought it was so heavy out there when the waves appear to be waist-high.
Thank you, Tory, for helping out with this trial run. I can’t wait to attempt Double Vision, Volume II.
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Photo Credits: Surf photos by Andrew Grant and Chris Grant.
Previous Surf Photo Fridays | Jen Smith and Her Furry Friend, Colin, in Cardiff, California | Stephanie Schechter, Family Surf Trip to Panamá | Prue Jeffries on a Donald Takayama Quad | Sara Taylor Sequence | Get Stoked on Lady Shapers | The Session That Changed Everything | Justine Dupont and Pauline Ado in California | Role Models, Why They Still Matter | Surfing New Jersey’s Polar Vortex Swells with the K Twins | Mele Saili and Hayden Lane, Cardiff Reef | Jill Manos Surfs the Freezing Water of Nova Scotia, Canada | Malia Ward, Chris Ward, & a Surf Photographer’s Second Worst Nightmare | Chloe Buckley & the Tiny Five Hundred Dollar Wave | A Special Surf Session with Ashley Lloyd Thompson, Julie Cox, Alex Thompson, Chris Cuevas & Sheri Crummer | Kelly Nicely & the Pelican Session | Mary Osborne & Her Beloved 9’10” Cooperfish Single Fin | Kelia Moniz, Megan Godinez, Geodee Clark & Bruna Schmitz | Kamalehua Keohokapu | Claire Bevilacqua | Lulu Erkeneff | Alexa Frantz |Rebecca Woods | Silvana Lima | Alessa Quizon
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