If you think you’ve seen it all, here comes something that tells you’re wrong. These images from the Australian shaper and free-surfer Dylan Longbottom are part of a series shot for BBC TV in super slow motion and high definition at 20 times the speed of a normal HD camera (here’s a photo of the camera used, a TyphoonHD4).
The action took place in the South Pacific, in the islands of Micronesia, , where 12 foot monster barrel were breaking into the world class reef break.
Dylan Longbottom is known for pushing the traditional limits of aerial surfing and big wave surfing. He already won the monster tube award in the 2005 Billabong XXL awards. These days Dylan is developing his board shaping business (Dylan Longbottom designs) and continues to track down and surf the biggest and deadliest waves in the world.
This documentary directed by Dana Brown smashes any preconceptions that the surfing community mostly comprises buff blondes and hardbodies. Zigzagging from the waters off Ireland to Da Nang in Vietnam and Oahu’s ripping North Shore, Step into Liquid profiles the diverse and fascinating characters who have devoted their lives to catching the perfect wave.
Step into Liquid captures some of the most extreme sports adventures I’ve ever seen on DVD. The 66 foot waves in one section alone explores the incredible power of the ocean, harnessed by a surfboard and an extremely talented surfer.
“In 2003, at a spot on Maui called Jaws, a surfer rode the largest wave so far - 70 feet. Meanwhile, the search is on as elite surfers around the world attempt to be the first to ride a 100-foot wave!” ~Drew Kampion, Waves
Step into Liquid is a wild and exhilarating experience that will leave you longing for the beach and thinking about grab a surfboard, even if you never tried surfing before.
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