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The Art of Night – The Photography of Mark Gee

Wellington Boardriders Double Pointscore Comp

Brandon Kingi lining the lip up in the mens open final.

Brandon Kingi lining the lip up in the mens open final.

It was the final comp of the year for the Wellington Boardriders, & the day was looking like it was going to provide some decent waves. The location was set for the corner at Lyall Bay & on arrival the waves were a little onshore & chunky. I thought about heading out into the water to shoot some of the action, but it was cloudy & overcast to start with & the conditions weren’t that great. So I set up on the beach with the 500mm & the 1.4 teleconverter to get a little closer to the action. I was also shooting with the new canon 7D which was a dream to shoot with.

By mid morning, the wind had started to drop & the swell was cleaning up. I had to rush back to work to do a few hours on the Avatar deadline, but once I got back later that afternoon I was greeted with clean 3 foot plus waves on an incoming tide that were lining up nicely off the wall. The finals were just about to start, so I found a spot further down the beach where I could shoot at a nice angle & started to shoot away. The day had cleared up nicely & by the time of the mens final, the light was fantastic! I managed to get some great shots during the finals & that was also thanks to the great surfing of the guys & gals.

Charlie Denniston narrowly took out the open mens final with a impressive display of fast & powerful surfing, however the highlight for me was Brandon Kingi’s smooth surfing style & how he put it all on the line in the final with a series of radical vertical snaps where he absolutely destroyed the lip of the wave.

The day finished off with the presentation in the carpark. There were certainly some nice photo opportunities with the backdrop of the surf & surrounding hills around Lyall Bay & the fantastic light of the magic hour…Click on the image of Brandon Kingi above to see the full gallery of photos.


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