Surfing is one of those things with a million tiny little nuances that make up one incredible package. Blink and you’ll miss it, as the saying goes. On those giant, backless monsters, the brunt of the action is on the wave itself – of course, what the surfer is doing is pretty mind-boggling, but no mere human will ever compare to Mother Nature’s supreme majesty. When asked what it’s like to surf huge barrels at a Q&A after a showing of Sine Qua Non last year, Greg Long casually answered, “pretty much just set your rail and hold on, then enjoy the view.” On smaller waves is where the surfer becomes more of the focus. From airs to powerful carves to stylish little tweaks that give each surfer their own signature, it can be difficult to tell exactly what that signature is made of. But with advancements in technology, it’s becoming easier and easier to see what color ink they’re using to sign that signature.
The clip above was shot by Chris Bryan on the Phantom Flex, Phantom Miro M-320S and the new Phantom 4K Flex with Arri Ultra prime lenses, all at a 1000 frames per second. Featuring the likes of Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, and John John Florence, blinking and missing it is no longer anything you have to worry about.