On a constant hunt for spectacular barrels and adventures, Hawaiian surf photographer Zak Noyle never seems to be far from the action. Choosing to create his own niche rather than following the steps of his father as a commercial photographer, Zak married his love for the water with his interest behind the lens, grasping the ability to capture the intensity of the ocean. Presenting an intimate scope to the textures and raw sensibilities of the sport, Zak is as much an extreme sports athlete as his subjects, braving some of the world’s biggest waves for the perfect shot. His photos can be seen in the glossy pages of Sports Illustrated, Surfer Magazine, National Geographic and Transworld Surf, yet as he explains, there is much more than meets the eye. “No one realizes what’s going on under the water. You have to consider how much turbulence there is, how shallow or sharp the reef is.”
Before each expedition, Zak is up before dawn and familiarizes himself with the weather and water conditions of the day. It’s this careful planning, along with a pluck of courage and a bit of luck that finds Zak capturing some of the most breathtaking photos in his genre. For this THROUGH THE LENS, Zak submitted images of professional surfers Jamie O’Brien, Makua Rothman, Shinpei Horiguchi, Billy Kemper, Mason Ho, Randall Paulson, Dane Gudauskas, Evan Geselman, Mike Stewart and Danny Fuller surfing the coasts of Tahiti, Bali, Australia and Hawaii. Enjoy the dramatic shots here and head to Zak’s Instagram to stay updated with his work.
A picture is worth a thousand words — at least that’s how the old saying goes. Our latest feature THROUGH THE LENS aims to see the world through the lens of various creatives. Be it a professional photographer, a blogger, a creative director or just a fashion designer who happens to have an affinity for taking pictures, each photo set offers a glimpse into the frame of those individuals who have captured a very unique moment in time. In place of textual interviews or written pieces, THROUGH THE LENS is a visual interpretation and platform for those who have a story to tell. A picture’s worth a thousand words? Enjoy the read./blockquote>