Images from the 2010 Pipeline Masters Competition

Just thought I’d post an update from the south Pacific. I am back on the north shore shooting surfing yet again – yes, I know it is a rough life. As luck would have it I showed up just in time to shoot the 2010 Billabong Pipeline Masters surfing competition the last few days along side my good friend Brian Bielmann. Above is an image of Dane Reynolds launching a huge air in the quarterfinals of the competition against Taylor Knox. He didn’t land it but it makes for a cool image.

Now that the distractions are over I have to get on with my real assignment out here over the course of the next five days. Here’s hoping a swell shows up soon because it was dying out today by the end of the competition. Without further ado here are a few other images from the competition.

(Top) A surfer fighting his way into a tube during the Pipeline Masters and (middle) Kelly Slater working his magic during the semifinals. Kelly didn’t win this year and was taken out in the semifinals but ended the year winning his 10th World Title on the ASP World Tour. (Bottom) Jeremy Flores, the winner of the Pipeline Masters, got his first world tour win and beat out Kelly Slater in the semifinals before making a last minute comeback against Kieren Perrow in the final.

For a the full story on the Pipeline Masters and images from some other photographers visit the TransWorld Surf website.

  • On Assignment for Nikon with the COOLPIX P500 » Michael Clark Photography - […] Nikon wanted images of action sports where the sport was obviously far away so they could show off the incredible zoom capabilities of this camera. Naturally surfing was a perfect fit. Hence, a few weeks after I got the call for this assignment I headed out to Hawaii and shot with two amazing surfers, Kalani Chapman and Jesse-Merle Jones, at Pipeline, Off the Wall and Rocky Point. The P500 was easily able to keep up with the surfers but I had to use the camera on a tripod just to keep them in the frame since the lens zooms out so far it was hard to keep things steady. Think of using an 800mm lens on a DSLR – it would be the same issue of trying to keep the subject in the viewfinder. The image below of Jesse Merle-Jones at Off the Wall was shot on the first day I arrived during the 2010 Pipeline Masters Competition. The competition was happening at Pipeline just up the beach and lot of surfers, Jesse included, were taking advantage of the swell. The waves were in the five to seven foot range that day, nothing enormous but still plenty big for the surfers to catch some serious air. You can see more images of the Pipeline Masters Competition on my blog here. […]

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