Dede Suryana stands engulfed in a crystal clear, throaty barrel at Keramas. He’s deep in the wave, navigating the foam ball with grace. But nothing about his performance is noteworthy when compared to the chaos surrounding him. He’s covered in trash. It’s disgusting. A mess of rupiah (Indonesian currency) and nondescript plastic waste fills the frame. It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen. In this instance, the cliche is true; quite literally, the picture is worth a thousand words.
Zak Noyle, the world-famous photographer who captured the photo, calls it “Waves of Change.” It’s his proudest photo, because it’s helped galvanize a movement to protect the ocean, a place he loves. Such is the power of photography when executed with passion, skill, and a sharp eye. As a testament to Noyle’s prowess – especially shooting surf photography while swimming in the ocean at many of the heaviest and most dangerous waves on earth like Pipeline, Teahupo’o, and Hawaii’s Outer Reefs – he’s produced a singular catalog of iconic surf imagery in the last couple decades.
As such, we’re excited to partner on Zak’s Noyle’s Guide to Surf Photography with Inspire Courses. Zak offers a lifetime of insights creating award-winning imagery in the water to help you improve your creative results and transform your passion into a career.