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The "Big" Issue: Behind the Scenes

| posted on July 22, 2010

INTRO

The power of surfing’s personality-it may be difficult to describe, but you sure can feel it. Consider the photo session for the cover of SURFER’s inaugural Power Issue, featuring our first-ever 25 Most Powerful People In Surfing lineup. Sure, it was easy to dream up:

“Hey, let’s get a cross-section of the most powerful people in the sport together for a portrait. Kelly and Laird and a couple Roxy girls and some of the heavy industry guys…”


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We could have easily procured individual portraits of each. And then we could have, much like a number of personality culture magazines like Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Mojo, invoked the miracle of computer image manipulation to group the individual shots together to simulate a group portrait. They’re much easier to produce, look great, and honestly, you can hardly tell.

But then, a pretty picture wasn’t the entire point of the project. From the initial conception, we felt that the only way we could accurately portray what turned out to be the incredibly diverse nature of our power list was to actually get a cross-section of these surfers into a room together, get the camera in focus and then wait for the spike on the Richter scale.

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BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO STARTS HERE

BROADBAND QUICKTIME –3.4MB
Timelapse: Alpha and Omega

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Preparation the Day Before.

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Preproduction Scenario at Smashbox

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Lime Juice on an Open Cut

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Booking Roxy

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Donkey Mockups

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Jeff Divine Catches Flak

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Power Waves

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Lighting Concerns

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Power in Da House–Group Shot

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Autograph Hound

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Bruce Irons Goes Wall Street

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Places Everyone

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Andy, Laird and Bruce: Kauai Boyz

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Kelly Slater Talks Story

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Roxy’s Randy Hild

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The Man Behind the Behinds

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Laird Recommends Sparkles