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Surfing Photography: Meet The Legends Behind The Lenses

Jeff Divine, Tom Servais, and Art Brewer. Few others have captured such epic and beautiful surf shots over such a long period of time. As much, if not more, than any other sport, surfing’s photographers are constantly putting themselves in precarious positions in order to continually provide us with the lasting images of surfers and the waves they seek out world wide. Behind every shot that ends up in a magazine or on our walls, there are photographers who in many ways truly hold the story of how it came to be. From the various cultures of far off lands, the dynamics and dangers of breaks all over the world, to the characteristics and personalities of the legends that our sport perpetually produces, these guys experience it all.

Divine, Servais, and Brewer are three of surfings top photographers and Surfing Heritage Foundation in association with The Surfers Journal have set up intimate evenings with these legends over the next couple of months that will give surfers the chance to meet, greet, and hear the tales behind every shot. Details for each event can be found at surfingheritage.org.

The unique perspective that each of these remarkable individuals brings to surfing and its history is almost unmatched. One of my all-time favorite stories is Tom Servais describing what took place when he captured the shot of Cory Lopez being blown-up in the teeth of a monster Teahupoo barrel. Being frustrated by not being able to get on any of the boats, Servais paddled out to the channel on his boogie-board. As a monser set approached and the boats sped away fearing they would be caught. Servais stayed and positioned himself perfectly, while being ever so close to being in harms way, and captured the raw power of massive Teahupoo right as it ate up a charging Lopez. Servais description of the setting and lead-up to that image is priceless. While this is only a drop in the bucket of the wealth of experiences and information that these men hold, it’s stories like this and so many others that will make these events unforgettable and absolutely worth attending.

Posted by Shaun on Monday, February 11th, 2008 in Surfing.

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