This Incredible Photographer Captures Very Unusual Shots of Breaking Waves

Shorebreak waves aren't easy to shoot, but they look beautiful!

Californian Clark Little has been producing awesome shots of Hawaii’s Waimea shore break for the last seven years. In that time he’s stamped his mark on wave photography by pioneering unusual angles of empty shore breaks. He’s also appeared all over American daytime television. You can see why…

King Kamehameha

Clark reckons this wave looks like the king who united the Hawaiian islands in 1810. You can just see him perching on the very edge of the lip with his helmet and spear, as if to lead his army into battle.

king kamehameha clark little

Looking Glass

A blend of palm trees, blue sky, white clouds and sand give this image its vivid colours.

looking glass clark little


The chances of capturing this shot again are nothing short of impossible, as two waves collide to form a column of water shooting into the air.

marlin clark little

Red Dirt

A stream carries dirt down from the hills to the shore where it gets churned up with the surf. This is the result.

reddirt clark little

Sand Monster

Shallow water and the sun directly overhead combine to illuminate the sand inside the wave.

Sand monster clark little


The strong backwash influences the advancing wave, reducing it to nothing more than a mere splash.

serenity clark little

Big Blue

A large shorebreak wave crashes down as it reaches shallower waters, sucking sand up into its base.

big blue clark little

Crystal Ball

A light wind and blue skies allow the water to highlight the clouds above and the sand below.

crystal ball clark little

Dancing Honu

An endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (or Honu) braves the shallows to graze on seaweed as a giant wave breaks above.

dancing honu clark little


One wave returning from shore meets another wave on it’s wave in to form this spectacular mohawk effect.

mohawk clark little

Sandy Shack

It’s hard to believe Clark Little is laying down on dry sand as a wave towers over him, ready to crash down on to the shore.

sandy shack clark little

Clark’s unique style has earned him a reputation as one of the best wave photographers in the world as well as a whole host of awards. The guys at Inertia Online Surf Mag have put together this short film, exploring Clark’s sometimes outrageous techniques for collecting incredible images.

If you want to see more incredible images, check out his website.


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