Nov. 15th, 2009

joreth: (Self-Portrait)
When I hear people talking about surfing in Florida, or the beaches or the wave height on the Atlantic coast, I can't help but snicker a little and say "you call those waves?"

I'm from California, with the rocky majestic beaches and waves that can kill you. We have a surf that never lets you forget how fragile human existence is.

And not to far away from my hometown are the shores of Hawaii, where I visited as a child. There, you'll see all the hot and humid scenic beaches that people like to brag about here in Florida, but with the strength and power of the Pacific Ocean.

Here is some photography from a surfer. I can only dream of taking photos like this. I might have all the right equipment, but I will never be brave enough or skilled enough to take shots like this. This is one of the many reasons why I love the Pacific and why Florida pales in comparison:

Clark Little on Good Morning America (2009)
It all started in 2007 when Clark 's wife wanted a nice piece of art to decorate a wall. Voluntarily, Clark grabbed a camera, jumped in the water, and starting snapping away capturing the beauty and power of monstrous Hawaiian waves from the inside out. "Clark's view" is a unique view of the ocean that most will only be able to experience safely on land, while studying one of Clark 's photos.

Now with a camera upgrade and an itch to get that better shot, Clark has taken this on full time and has moved his office from land, to the inside of a barrel. Since the recent stir of Clark's work, his images have been run on the Today Show, ABC World News Now, Paris Match (France), Hana Hou (Hawaiian Airlines) magazine, Surfer magazine as well as multiple publishers and newspapers in the U.S. and overseas.

These incredible images of waves were taken by the #1 photographer of surf: Clark Little. He has dedicated his life to photographing the waves and has published a selection of the best images of his career. He captures magical moments inside the "tube", as surfers say

Sun glints off wave
Clark Little/SWNS

Click here to see more pictures or click on any of the pictures to go directly to his website )

joreth: (Silent Bob Headbang)

So speaking of Clark Little and surf photography, check this shit out!

Meet Fin. Or is it Tofu? Boomer Hodel, a 14-year-old surfer in Hawaii, has trained his two rats how to surf. Apparently he took them to the beach one day and they loved the water so much, he decided to keep bringing them. One day, he snapped his own surf board in half and decided to make smaller boards out of the halves. This gave him the idea to make two 1-foot surfboards for his rats and to teach them to surf.

He spent weeks putting them on little boards and making tiny ripples in the water to teach them balance. Now they surf up to 4 foot waves and can even do tricks. Apparently Fin's favorite trick is to ride a tube, which is where you surf into a tunnel of a wave as it rises over your head and crashes down on you, then keep surfing through the crash as you pop out the top (most of the Clark Little photos from the previous entry).

The kid says that sometimes the rats fall off their boards and he has to go fish them out of the water and take them back to the beach to dry off, but the rats keep trying to get back into the water. They seem to be able to hang on to their boards better than most people, according to their owner.

One day, Clark Little was at the beach and happened to see these kids, two rats, and a pair of tiny surfboards, and followed them to see what was up. This is one of the pictures he took. There are a few more at the link above, along with a story about the surfing rats at Your Local Surf Blogspot.


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