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Feast your eyes and salivate – a eulogy to surfing

There are great surfers in this world, seriously extreme guys (after all, surfing can be an extreme sport), and there are great surfing photographers – seriously extreme photographers, and Bali Strickland must surely fit into the elite of this catagory. Feast your eyes on his video, balistricko, and then I’ll tell you more…

Strickland has been experimenting with a new super slow-motion German underwater TyphoonHD4 camera that the BBC Natural History Unit had had specially modified at a cost of $100,000. It can film at up to twenty times the frame rate of a standard high definition camera..

The camera required a special housing unit designed and built by German specialist high speed cameraman/technician Rudi Diesel. Until this film, no one had ever tried using this type of camera underwater before. The film shows the awesome power of the waves from underwater and the spiraling vortexes created by these huge waves.

It’s only drawback is that it weighs a TONNE. But apart from that the photography is simply extroadinary.

Now watch this, courtesy of the BBC:

So, here’s where they shot this superb film:

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They (the BBC) went to the South Pacific Islands with Bali Strickland and Dylan Longbottom, a world class surfer, to film these sequences because it is well known that some of the biggest waves in the world break here.

However, it was not all plain sailing. Confident in the fact that this was one place in the world where the waves were guaranteed … the two weeks they were there gave them almost millpond conditions. They had to return 4 months later to get these fabulous sequences.

Enjoy them, drool over them, and have a wonderful weekend…

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