San Diego Magazine does an annual "50 People to watch" issue. Without knowing, a couple of months ago my girlfriend emailed there editors about Derek Dunfee and his achievement with winning Billabongs XXL last year and they responded back with wanting to put him in the magazine as one to watch along with putting his mug on the cover! We went through a number of images that we had shot and the magazine decided it would be most fitting to have a portrait of Derek on the cover with San Diego in the background. After discussing with Derek we wanted to make it look natural and shoot it at his homebreak of Windansea. The portrait images that were ended up using were shot the day we got home from a strike mission up to Mavericks in November. As tired as we were, we knew the light was going to be good and had to meet a deadline. Here are a few of the options they had for the cover and the one they decided to go with. I owe a very big thank you to Jenna for making this all happen, Lisa Williams at San Diego Magazine for being so cool and easy to work, and Derek. Thank you!
Here's a few old slide scans I found on my first harddrive. It brings me back to all the memories of shooting and not seeing the film for weeks after until I came home, hoping that I didn't mess up. At this point of me shooting, I had no idea what the settings on the camera meant or why I shot the way I did, but I knew how to swim and was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time...
Earlier in the year I was fortunate enough to check out Christensons shop just after he had retrofitted his walls with his WW1 submarine camo. Here's a few pics that I recently came across and thought they were cool. You can check his boards out at http://christensonsurfboards.com/
While going to school in Santa Barbara I was introduced to two micro groms who have later turned into good friends of mine. Them along with there parents were kind enough to allow me and my friend Johnny come hang out and surf for a swell around there neck of the woods. We were on a mission to find some fun waves with not a lot of people. Sure enough SB pulled through with the fun waves, but than again, we weren't the only people knowing that there were waves so there was a crowd, but we had fun anyways. Here's a couple snapshots of the brothers inbetween sessions. Watchout for these two in the future, they are already dominating the contest scene, getting tubed worldwide and they're not afraid of your sister either!
My recent trip to Europe with Julian Wilson, Dion Agius, and Dane Reynolds came out in Surfer Magazines 50th Anniversary issue. January 2010. They gave us 4 spreads including copy by Kimball Taylor which talks about the progression of surfing. A full page shot of Julian was also used on the contents page from a trip we did earlier in the year to Central America.
Also...Here's a few tears from the Joel Tudor guest editor issue..November 2009