Surf photography and videography was never and still isn’t easy, but the wave of technology has certainly made it easier and more enjoyable for the viewer. In Surfing@1000 Frames per Second, Chris Bryan shows off what the new generation of cameras can do.
Using a Phantom Flex, Phantom Miro M-320S and the new Phantom 4K Flex with Arri Ultra prime lenses (all fitted with his own underwater housings), Bryan gets us up close and almost on board with top surfers such as Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, and John John Florence. Blinking and missing it is no longer an issue – the 1000 frames per second footage allows you to see every droplet of water thrown from a John John gouge or the barreling power chasing Mark Mathews as he drops from the sky into Shipsterns beast.
Only when you can see footage at this speed, with this much detail so close to the action can you fully appreciate the techniques the pros use to defy physics as they turn and flip airborne while still sticking the board to their feet. The moody, almost apocalyptic lighting that comes from breaking down a second into a thousand snaps just adds to the appreciation of the danger and skill of both surfers and cameraman.