Dream Gigs / by craig levers

Once in a while a sweet dream gig lands in your lap. The type of job you've strived to be in position for your whole career. The type of job that requires super specialised gear and technique. This week's Barkers X Surfline job was exactly that. 

The brief was perfect, shoot Roger Hall and the rest of the Surfline team from the water.  The goal was to get a variety of images, both surfing and others of the new summer range of board-shorts. Simple, show the boardies in their natural environment, being used for surfing. 

I love shooting longboarding, especially from the water. And the chance to hang out with Roger and the rest of the crew. Well, needless to say Barker's Marketing Manager Paul Biddle didn't have a ask twice. 

  Paul laying it over on a Surfline 6'0 single fin

Paul laying it over on a Surfline 6'0 single fin

I can't share the the real gold of the shoot with you just yet. Barkers is going to use the A's in their marketing and print. But Roger and I snuck out the evening before for a cheeky warm up session. 

 Roger, most certainly in his happy place, 300 metres from his front door

Roger, most certainly in his happy place, 300 metres from his front door

 Cross step master, insert bad pun about the long boarding master shaper walking the talk...oh yes, I just did that

Cross step master, insert bad pun about the long boarding master shaper walking the talk...oh yes, I just did that

 Cat like and on the prowl?

Cat like and on the prowl?

 For the last few years Roger has been developing finless designs, harking back the the Hot Curl concept. This 8'8 is his favourite at the moment, he reckons on the cross step the acceleration is crazy

For the last few years Roger has been developing finless designs, harking back the the Hot Curl concept. This 8'8 is his favourite at the moment, he reckons on the cross step the acceleration is crazy

 The Hot Curl seems to be doing the trick

The Hot Curl seems to be doing the trick

 Toes over

Toes over

 Great way to end any day, and knowing too the next day is going to be just as fun

Great way to end any day, and knowing too the next day is going to be just as fun

 Business time on the Barker's set, next morning...happy chappies

Business time on the Barker's set, next morning...happy chappies

In Print

The latest issue of DGZ is out and it's a boomer. It also features this Copious full page using one of the images from last month's epic mission. Like the triangle design? Think it would make for a cool Tee.... well something is a brewing...  


Hoddsy Nails It

Last night was the opening for Richard Hodder's new exhibition 'Four Corners Of Mexico' . The exhibition is on until the end of next week so if you didn't make it along to the Allpress Studio [8 Drake St, Auckland CBD], you've still got time. It's well worth your trouble. 

 Not even starting to fill up! 

Not even starting to fill up! 

 Surf photogs unite! Bean Bag, Brodie and the host himself Mr Richard Hodder

Surf photogs unite! Bean Bag, Brodie and the host himself Mr Richard Hodder

 Just before it got REALLY packed. 

Just before it got REALLY packed. 

The Big Little Beach Book

Distribution is trucking along for the book. All the pre-orders are out [thanks guys for your lovely feedback-stoked!!!] And the shops are starting to get it out on display. What, you can't find it yet? Well the inter web shop is open all day every day HERE