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August 7th, 2014

Meet surf photographer Zak Noyle

Watch this great short film about Hawaiian surf photographer Zak Noyle by The Surf Channel. Based on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Zak spends countless hours in the water, creating dramatic imagery and artful interpretations of the world’s most magnificent ocean environment.

Watch the video below:

A few of Zak’s favourite shots:

'Steep & Deep' - Billy Kemper stands tall in Pipeline at sunset. Photo by Zak Noyle

I love it when it’s glowing green and the surfer is a silhouette. That’s one of my favourite types to shoot. Nowadays it’s changing, I can put my ISO very high and be shooting almost in the dark. It’s so exciting for technology to progress like that and see what we can do with that.

'Two Worlds' - Parker Coffin above and below the reef in Tahiti. Photo by Zak Noyle

When I’m out in the water, I try to get as close as possible and get a different angle. You’re watching the surfer coming down the face of the wave, how the wave is breaking, where you are, what the currents doing… There are so many different elements that your calculating and putting together of where you need to be to get that perfect shot. I don’t consciously do it, it’s just after years of doing this it’s all kinda come together for me luckily.

'Surf Below' - Underwater at Teahupo'o, Tahiti. Photo by Zak Noyle

I think okay, the wave is going to close-out, I can still get inside of the barrel, or, this isn’t going to be a good one, so I dive under. Going under the wave, you can get sucked over, or caught inside. I think it’s so much fun to get caught, and be out in the waves. That’s where I want to be. I’d rather be there than on land shooting. It’s right there in the action, it’s non-stop to me, and a great work out.

Christian Redongo surfing Teahupo'o - Photo by Zak Noyle

One of my favourite images is from Tahiti, with a rainbow going from land to barrel. It doesn’t look real, but it was just one of those special afternoons when I was shooting fisheye and I saw this rainbow appear, so I moved back out so I could the whole land and rainbow in one image.

Surfer Dede Suryana riding a wave of (human) trash in Indonesia. Photo by Zak Noyle

My image of all the trash in Indonesia… There were these waves of trash coming through… It got to a point where it was so overwhelming, there was every kind of trash debris…

Marine litter is a serious issue! Surfers Against Sewage in the UK are doing everything they can to raise awareness and combat this issue. Learn more at: www.sas.org.uk/campaigns/marine-litter/