Random Surfers: Robin Dudley Kersbergen

And here is Robin, a dutch big fella with a warm smile! I met him a couple of years ago with Yannick de Jager and we catched up a few days ago in Praia do Vau. He moves quite fast for his height, check him out!
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Brek: How long have you been surfing?
Robin: I have been surfing since the age of thirteen and I’m twenty-five now… So I guess that’s half of my life.
Brek: Do you remember your first good ride?
Robin: My first good wave was a little one really close to the beach. While trying to prevent a straight hander and ending up on the sand the wave actually forced me in to my first good ride.
Brek: What is your regular spot?
Robin: My regular spot is Scheveningen, in the Scheveningen. Although the Netherlands is not well known for beautiful waves and most of the time the water is pretty cold, every now and then little wind swells provide us some fun waves.
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Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?
Robin: Believe it or not, Scheveningen used to be known for it’s localism. As a grom I got sent out of the water a few times.
Brek: Where was your last epic session?
Robin: My last epic session was in G-land.
Brek: What’s your favourite food?
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Robin: My favourite food is Indonesian food, nasi kuning rames special!
Brek: What else should we know about you?
Robin: I’m 1,96 meter tall and love to eat pastel de nata.
Brek: Any message you want to leave here?
Robin: Read a good book every now and then and
eat every pastel de nata like it’s your last!

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Random Surfers: Niels

And here is Niels the best surfer in the Algarve. Well at least the one having the most fun, check him out!

“I’m Niels – 14 years old for already 15 years…, and always throthing to go surfing. No dawn is to early and for me every day is epic. Wake up and go to bed with surfing in my head and lucky to have a girl on my side who understands and incurage that and sonetimes helps me find a good Balans in life. Make my money teaching, guiding, coaching and selling postcards 😉. Living the dream at the moment and hope to be able to do this the rest of my life.”

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Brek: How long have you been surfing?

Niels: Today about 4 hours in total, pretty much done now.

Brek: Do you remmember your first good ride?

Niels: Yes of course! Some idillic place in bretany (northern France) in the autumn of 2009. Since than my world changed

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shreding

Brek: What´s your regular spot?

Niels: Anywhere between the triangle of lagos-sagres and aljezur.

Brek: What type of surfboard do you ride?

Niels: Toothpicks

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Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?

Niels:  I often have trouble that I can’t really perform like I want to anymore after a long time surfing. Loosing strength, focus and getting cold. Wish I could find something for that.

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Brek: Where was the best session you had lately?

Niels: Just now- everyday is epic for a different reason.

Brek: What´s your favorite food?

Niels: Bananas and BBQ (and a lot of green stuff).

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Brek: Any message you want to leave here?

Niels: “Only riders know the Difference”

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Random Surfers: Maria

Here is Maria, daughter of Joao Rosario, former portuguese spearfishing champion. Beware. She was into sailing, but started surfing full on an year ago. Its a blessing to have her big smile in the water.

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Brek: How long have you been surfing? 

M: 1 year

Brek: Do you remmember your first good ride? 

M: No but I have some fun ones stuck in my head!

Brek: What´s your regular spot?

M: Praia da Rocha.

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Brek: What´s your favourite type of surfboard?

M: Longboard.

Brek: Have you had any trouble in the water?

M: Cold water is not for me.

Brek: Where was the best session you had lately?

M: Chambre d’Amour,France nice tubes, glass, hot water and a bunch of friends.

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Brek: What´s your favorite food?

M:  Anything but meat, seafood is perfect for me.

Brek: Any message you want to leave for the surf community?

M: Live everyday like it was the last!

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Best Shot Wins with Russel Ord

From this photos you can see why Russel Ord is currently my favourite photographer. Turns out he is the down to earth kind of guy that is willing to share his story and vision with all of us. Check this interview he gave me:

How did it start, what was your relation to the ocean before you started this photography thing?

Surf photography really started for me by accident, I received a knee injury while surfing myself and while I had a small interest inphotography and played around with cameras in the past I decided to start shooting my friends while injured on the beach, I really enjoyed those times and continued with a purchase of a water housing and that’s when I knew it was something for me. Surfing myself for all those years certainly gave me an advantage in the water because I felt I had a good understanding of the ocean all I had to do know was get those first lot of slides exposed correctly which did take some time.

Why you do this?

I am passionate about being in the water and challenging my own levels of photography, I do struggle with crowds and shooting when I have a lack of interest with the swell, I really need to work on making the most of all situations.

Whats your style of shooting?

I love to be in the water and once I have the stock standard shot that I am sure the magazines love, I will try and get some angles that are more challenging, I am willing to give up all the other shots to try and make this happen so I would say my style is up close and personal.

Favourite places to shoot?

I love to shoot around home (Margaret River) the waves are great and places like the Box are fantastic for water photography, I also like to explore the many bombies/slabs that litter the coast line and try my luck with these.

How´s your perfect shot is going to be?

I have been working on shooting a wave that wins the biggest slab award here in Australia, I would love to capture this from the water (wide angle) and have in the past but I really want to push my own boundaries,a lot of preparation goes into a shot like this not just photo wise but also personal safety, I will be able look back in years to come and know what went into that one photo.

How do you see the photo industry this days?

Its very difficult and a cut throat industry with the new crew not taking the time to learn the business side of their chosen profession,to be honest I don’t care what the next person is doing or who is doing what because in the end my whole focus is in the water and my own personal challenge,when I find myself in that type of mind frame good things seem to follow, it would be great to see “best shot wins” and companies paying accordingly.

Words of advice for the young people?

Learn all the aspects of surf photography including the business side, take your time and don’t be afraid to ask questions especially on surf photography etiquette, it is a very difficult industry at times but if you are really passionate you will never fail unless you give up, be your own best critique this way when you submit photos or finally put only your work out there that has quality.

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