“I see the process of making photos as a collaboration between myself and the person I am photographing. Cliff Kapono [Pictured] is someone who I’ve recently enjoyed photographing and collaborating with over these past few years. It’s easy to coin him as the surfer + scientist but what’s equally inspiring about him is his strong sense of place, his deep connection to Hawaiian culture, and his knack for combining and sharing his roots, passions and interests through various forms of storytelling.” - Sarah Lee
It’s no mystery that Hawai’i is a long-established mecca for surf photography. With its pristine waters, dynamic geography, and an abundance of the world’s best waves and surfers. This magic combination of elements has inspired photographers to dedicate their careers to shooting surfing in the islands for ages. One such devotee is FreeSurf’s own photo editor and master lensman Brian Bielmann. Bielmann has spent 40 years capturing epic moments on the North Shore, throughout the state, and beyond. So, it is awesome to have someone with Bielmann’s pedigree pick some of his favorite photographers for this special Photo Issue.
Big Island, Hawai’i
“At this moment, I’m inspired as a photographer by being out in the world, facing real experiences and having real human connections offline – anything in the water with people! There is something magical and challenging about being in a massive body of water with constant changes in lighting, water clarity, currents, surf, etc. I love water photography because it’s dynamic, ever-changing, physically demanding, and a place where you have to be completely tuned into the present moment.” – Sarah Lee