Time Collapsed Surfing
An artist compressed one hour of footage into two minutes of overlaid waves
On an early morning in late January, artist Cy Kuckenbaker propped his camera on the bluff overlooking Sunset Cliffs in San Diego for an hour. “I was interested in exploring the manipulation of water and to see how the movements and patterns from surfing interact,” says Kuckenbaker of the video on his Vimeo page. “Watching in person can be very slow and depending on the swell there may be long stretches when nothing happens at all.” With that in mind, he scoured the footage for the best waves, then overlaid them on top of each other while editing. The result being, what he calls, “a fantasy break where perfect waves roll in one after another like clockwork.” The idea of having one wave after another surely is a fantasy for most surfers. However, the stand-up paddler that seemingly catches every set wave over the hour period sure isn’t.
In this video, Kuckenbaker offers a brief look into his extremely time-consuming editing technique: