I headed to Bondi Beach in Sydney recently to shoot at the 2011 Boost Mobile Surf Sho. The surfing event featured some of the worlds best surfers & the format of the competition was solely focused on aerial surfing. More than 30,000 spectators lined the beach to see the pros in action. Weather was great, but surf was small. This didn’t bother the surfers too much, as they certainly made the most of the conditions pulling off a range of aerial manoeuvres despite the small conditions.
ASP Would Tour surfer Josh Kerr took out the event after pulling off a flawless forehand mute grab air reverse in the final. The manoeuvre earned him a 9 out of a possible 10 edging out current junior world champion Jack Freestone who ended up 2nd. Nike 6.0 surfer Julian Wilson ended up 3rd.
Visually, the event was almost perfect for photographing. High performance surfing, crystal clear & vibrant blue water, & thousands of people on the beach. I shot around 1000 photos over the 3 days (I did shoot a lot of sequences firing the shutter at 10 fps). You can check out some of those photos in the slide show below, or just head here to view the gallery.