People can get pretty defensive in the argument of women vs men in sports, but let me assure you, women’s surfing has come a long way. Nike 6.0’s team of female surfers are not only showing up most of the boys, but they seem to be completely re-writing the present and future of women’s surfing. Here at Nemo, we’ve been traveling with, photographing, art directing and supporting most of these girls since the start of 6.0- Kari Rowe was recently down in Mex with Monyca Byrne-Wickey shooting for Sweet Cheeks (big sale at Roozt.com right now!)- and we couldn’t be prouder of the release of their new flick, Leave A Message. Featuring Malia, Lakey, Monyca, Carissa, Coco, and Laura, 6.0’s first legit surf film premieres May 19 in Los Angeles, and will be available for download May 24!
Head’s up- if you have any interest in surfboards, classic motorcycles, hand-painted art, custom bicycles, and/or photography, you may become extremely jealous after watching the following video. Deus Ex Machina, aka the “temple of enthusiasm,” is the brainchild of former surf photo legend and current ex-pat Dustin Humphrey. In 2006, Humphrey released Sipping Jetstreams, possibly the most successful and sought after photo book of this generation. In 2007, D. Hump disappeared completely, leaving the editorial surf world wondering where and why. Turns out he was putting all of his attnention into Deus Ex Machina in Bali, Indonesia- a paradise within a paradise. Take a tour of this wonderland in the video below. For further info on D. Hump and his what brought him to this new life, go here.
What’s the best way to surf by yourself in perfect waves? Surf them in pitch black. Mark Visser may be crazy, but he may also be a genius. Maybe it’s because we love creative lighting. Maybe it’s because we love athletes raising the bar. Either way, you need to check out this video. Using newly developed light technology, Visser was towed into 30-40 foot surf while lighting his own path and remaining visible by helicopter and jet-skis. “The lighting technologies were created especially for the project by Solus Corporation using ground breaking NASA submarine lighting to ensure the wave and board were lit in the right places, at the right time and illuminated the wave without hindering the vision of Visser, the jet ski drivers and the helicopter pilots.”
This ride is the first part of Visser’s “9 Lives” project. Can’t wait to see how he risks the other 8!
Fresh off the press and possibly the biggest move of the year so far, pro surfer Julian Wilson has left surf-industry giant Quiksilver to join the Nike 6.0 team. Julian stopped by Nemo on his way to Nike for a quick photoshoot with our very own photographer extraordinaire Kari Rowe. Check out Kari’s shots in your favorite surf mags in the upcoming month!
Here’s a cool article on how Quiksilver marketed their golden child Kelly Slater as he won an unprecendented 10th world title a few weeks ago. Very impressive how the win/loss of one heat in a surf contest decides the timeframe Quiksilver has to not only develop a campaign, but get it out to the masses worldwide, (and before Slater has even won). Not only did the celebration included products and POP displays, but facebook became the hub for fans to congratulate the king, along with commercials that ran during prime-time on ESPN sportscenter. Check out the piece here.
If any of you have the chance to play hooky from school or work tomorrow, I suggest you take it and drive straight out to Lincoln City. With only 48 hour notice, big-wave surfers from all over the world are currently flying in for the 6th annual Nelscott Reef big wave contest- the only big wave contest in the pacific NW. Contest officials made the call sunday evening after carefully watching swell charts, stating that this particular storm should produce waves between 30 and 45 feet, the largest forecast in the contest’s history. Grab some binoculars, your warm jacket, and get ready to see some gnarly s**t. And by the way, there will be no jet ski assists this year- paddle only- so you’re guaranteed to see some charging.
contest and site info here.
The Red Bull Illume image quest (the world’s premier action and adventure sports photography competition) just went down in Dublin last night. 4,773 photographers from 112 countries, 22,764 submitted photos, all showcasing their love and dedication to action sports. After nearly 6 months of sifting through photos, the 50 finalists were unveiled on August 31 at a spectacular ceremony in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. And at the end of the night, central California’s surf-photographer-extraordinaire Chris Burkard and his image of Pete Mendia riding refracting waves in Chile walked away with the grand prize: a Leica S2 camera worth €30.000 (roughly $38,000!)
Red Bull will also be releasing the Illume Photobook 2010, a record of their quest. The top 250 images have been published in high-quality hardback and will be available soon for purchase for fans of these stunning, breathtaking images.
To check out all the other insane finalist images, head over to Red Bull Illume
This video popped up on surfline.com about a week ago, and since then has earned a lot of attention all over the web. The video is apart of Relentless Energy’s Short Stories competition, “a challenge to filmmakers around the world to explore, reveal, celebrate and define NO HALF MEASURES through the medium of film.”
Mickey Smith’s video is the first entry to this competition, and I think after seeing it, most will agree it will be a hard one to beat. Shot in super 16mm film, as well as groundbreaking work with Canon’s 5D mkII, Smith’s documentary/monologue along with some stunning shots throw us into the harsh world of surf photography in Ireland and the UK, a surprisingly up-and-coming locale for action sports.
Heres a quick interview I conducted digitally with the young and talented Jordan Lutes who happens to be sitting in his posturepedic computering chair about 4 ft to my right…aaah technology. George Orwell called it….who needs to speak when we can just i chat!
But the story is, I snatched up this young man from Cali the day he graduated from Cal Poly and managed to sweet talk him into moving up north to continuously clean up the whirlwind of mess that is left behind as we power through shoot after shoot. He’s been here a few short weeks and I already don’t know what i ever did without him. *shout out to Jordan’s parents….he’s killing it.
So Jordan, first things first, have you ever buried anything?
No. What a creepy question.
Really nothing at all? Weird, i bury stuff all the time.
Of course, i thought everyone did! Ok here’s one every guy has a messed up answer to…Best fireworks story?
Two years ago I was in Pamplona, Spain for the running of the bulls. We figured the festival was small, and were completely overwhelmed when we got off the bus into a chaotic town. We’d had a pretty shit trip so far: no surf, rain everyday, missed our train from Paris, and no word from our contact in Spain. But just as we’d pretty much given up, a giant bang goes off, and an insane fireworks show starts shooting out of the town moat right next to us. The Spanish weren’t too impressed, but we were stoked, it ended up being a crazy night.
*side note: a kid got gored by a bull the day after we ran.
See i called it! Messed up!!!! Wait you actually ran?!
That’s a long story consisting of bulls, booze, no sleep, cops and combat boots. We’ll save that story for a later date.
I can’t wait to hear…next question. What moment in history would you want to shoot, and why?
Can I say dinosaurs? Put me in one of those jeeps from Jurassic park and I’d be happy.
Well, then this question seems to pale in comparison to dinosaurs and Jurassic Park: but who are your favorite photographers and why?
Anyone that can really capture youth in motion. Dewey Nicks and Embry Rucker were the first guys to really get me inspired and amped to get into surf lifestyle, they could really make it all look like a paradise. Neil Krug nails the whole expired film thing. Same goes for Ryan Tatar, dude can tell a story with a single Polaroid better than anyone else. Steve Sherman and Jack English’s black and white portraits were iconic to me- there’s a shot of Donovan that I’ve had taped to my wall since before I could surf.
I concur, all amazing lensmen. Now, on to a more pressing question what’s more important, wind or lettuce?
My two worst enemies. But I guess no wind equals no waves.
Excellent deduction my young friend “All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.”! Finally the greatest question of them all, how did you learn about Nemo?
Originally from the credits in Afterbang back in like 2002. Eight years later, I’m getting ready to graduate from Cal Poly and saw a piece in PDN about Nemo. Noticed they were shooting a lot of stuff that I liked for a lot of clients that I liked. So I sent Kari Rowe an email, just to see what the studio was all about. A few weeks later I picked up a 5mm hooded wetsuit and got up to Portland to be the new photo intern.
Thanks for the info Jordan! Welcome to Nemo!
I will be waiting for the running of the bulls story!
A magazine containing the perfect mix of fashion, action, ocean, art, and music. Its a great entertainer for those of us girls who like to get out there in lineup next to the guys, then head home and blast our old records while picking out our favorite outfit.
They feature female riders from all walks of life, and never cease to present them with fashionable grace and ease. Making the natural beauty of these ladies glow with their great selection of photography.
The past few issues have featured nike 6.0 athletes Monyca Bryne-Wickey and Malia Manuel. Shot by our very own, Kari Rowe.
Check out more about the nike 6.0 surf team, and the digital version of foam magazine.
For the holidays I had the pleasure of recieving an original print from Art Brewer legendary surf photog! I am a hard guy to buy for but I have to hand it to my wife for getting me something I would appreciate.
I love this shot for a few reasons:
1. The composisiton has alot of tension. The way left side of the wave curls, it makes me wonder if the elephant pushed the water into a wave or if the elephant and rider are in essence “surfing” the wave.
2. When is the last time you saw an elephant swim?
3. What is the boy looking at off camera? Could it be more elephants swimming?
Art is showing he is more than a jock, get the action, shooter! This is a National Geographic moment.