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Creativity in surfing is the opportunity to express oneself on a wave.  Surfing is nothing but the physical extension of one’s ability to explore that realm between land and sea.  Being free to do it without the constraints of commercial endeavor or competitive goals creates true freedom of expression.  Somewhere between the land and the sea Jamie tries the other side, switching his feet around on take off, choosing the opposite stance, then midway, switches back… as if to say I can do “whatever I like.”  Jamie embodies the term “free surfer.”

We had a long behind the scenes clip queued up for you today (including the ND filter piece that I promised) but the newsman in me forces me to put this clip out now – for the non-surfing crowd out there:  this footswitch by Jamie is something unique to his skill set, and something seldom captured.

The best thing about watching, let alone filming, Jamie – is the privilege of seeing someone do something so beautiful, so difficult, so effortlessly.   The last time I saw something like this on such a regular basis was when I photographed Michael Jordan at the United Center in Chicago for his last 3 years on the court.

The best part is that I’ve actually had a chance to eat some poke with Jamie – a local delicacy.   Whereas social time with Michael was nothing but a distant dream.    After a very trying week – I can’t wait to sit back and spend the next week watching Jamie surf.   Hope you all feel the same – this is but a small sampling.

This shot was made with a Canon 500mm f4 – on a RED One at 100 frames per second at 2K using the Wicked Circuits EF Lens Adapter.  That’s the equivalent of a 1600mm on a 35mm camera.   Big thanks to Mike Isler for the focus pull and spotting.