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…
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.
A blend of palm trees, blue sky, white clouds and sand give this image its vivid colours.
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.
A stream carries dirt down from the hills to the shore where it gets churned up with the surf. This is the result.
Shallow water and the sun directly overhead combine to illuminate the sand inside the wave.
The strong backwash influences the advancing wave, reducing it to nothing more than a mere splash.
A large shorebreak wave crashes down as it reaches shallower waters, sucking sand up into its base.
A light wind and blue skies allow the water to highlight the clouds above and the sand below.
An endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (or Honu) braves the shallows to graze on seaweed as a giant wave breaks above.
One wave returning from shore meets another wave on it’s wave in to form this spectacular mohawk effect.
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.
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.