Just over two years ago I bought my most expensive photo accessory to date, yep a camper van! It's been an obsession for a very long time, the idea of hitting the road and staying on the road, of being able to pull over and make a coffee while you wait for the light to play ball. Of being in remote places and having shelter AND a lot of camera gear....fair to say I had highly romanticised camper van life before committing to the relationship.
It's been a wonderful couple of years of semi regular escapes. The camper van has been everything and more that I thought it would be. And I've been really surprised at how many people have enjoyed my previous blogs and stories on camper van [mis] adventures. There are over 230,000 posts under #vanlife in Instagram, check it out sometime.
Last weekend's mission was to the Far North for the big swell that hit, the same swell that went on to push up to Fiji for the WSL Fuji Pro. It's always a buzz to think the same swell line that as hit our coastlines may also been ridden further up in the Pacific I reckon.
Shippies has always been a firm favourite for me, it's not just the waves, it's the whole experience. The drive around the reef, the timing of the tides, the huge dunes and the curve of 90 Mile Beach...everything is an adventure.
This image was originally used by Rip Curl in their Search campaign adverts in 1993. At the time it was a huge coupe for a NZ photographer to get a shot used in The Search, which is now regarded as one of the best surf branding exercises ever.