clark little north shore photography

Clark vs. Goliath. Or Little vs. Big. Whatever you want to call it, you wouldn't catch us where he is.

Clark Little was born in Napa, California in 1968. Two years later, a move to the North Shore of Oahu (Hawaii) dramatically changed his future. In the 80’s and 90’s he made his name as a pioneer of surfing at the Waimea Bay shorebreak. Clark had a unique talent for taking off on hopeless closeout shorebreak waves and surviving in one piece.

In 2007, Clark discovered his ability and passion to capture the extraordinary beauty of the shorebreak when his wife asked him for a picture of the ocean to decorate a bedroom wall. With the confidence of an experienced surfer, Clark jumped in the ocean and started snapping away, recording the beauty and power of Hawaiian waves.

In just five years, Clark has gained worldwide recognition for his North Shore shorebreak wave photography with appearances on television shows including Good Morning America, Inside Edition, The Today Show, and ABC World News Now.

Clark’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum, Dow Museum, Science Museum of Virginia, Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel and published in National Geographic, New York Times, LIFE, Nikon World, Paris Match, Outdoor Japan, Sierra, Geo, Nature’s Best Photography, Rangefinder, Surfer’s Journal among others. Commercial clients include Nike, Nikon, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Anheuser Busch, Lockheed Martin, Verizon, XS Energy Drink among others.

In November 2009, Clark published his 182-page debut art book, The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little. Then in August 2010, Clark opened his first gallery in Laguna Beach, California. A second gallery was opened six months later in January 2011 in his hometown of Haleiwa, Hawaii just down the road from many of the North Shore beaches featured in his photography.

Clark Little’s 2012 calendar can be found for purchase here.

For a chance to win a calendar from Clark Little, post this on your Facebook wall, then send us an email to letting us know about it. Winners will receive one of Clark Little’s 2012 calendars, full of spectacular shots like the ones above!


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