Behind the Lens with Darrell Wong

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Darrell Wong Photography

Windsurfing is all about imagery; capturing the perfect moment on the water is something truly special. In this new series Boardseeker catches up with a few of the World’s top windsurfing photographers as they share their favourite shots and explain the stories behind them.

Second up is Maui based Darrell Wong.

All images © Darrell Wong.

Naish Noseride

1988

Robby Naish at Diamond Head. This is my all time favorite photo. To get Robby doing a nose ride was cool enough, but to have it as a “speed blur” was unreal. I’ve had so many people over the years comment on how cool this shot is. You can’t do this anymore because the mast track is farther back now.

Kai Katchadourian

1999

At Hookipa. Okay… this is my second favorite photo of all time. I am please to say this photo redefined my career in windsurfing. This was my first experiment at shooting these from a helicopter in waves. And to my surprise… it worked! 99% of the credit goes to the pilot; Peter Voorhes. As they say in photography… 99% is just being there. And Peter put me in the perfect position every time, with the smoothest helicopter tracking.

Naish Peahi

2006

Robby Naish at Peahi (Jaws). Shooting at Peahi from the jetski is a lot of work… and luck. First you have to get out there… then you have to be safe… then you have to get the shot. I give credit to every Jaws photo I’ve shot to my boat partner and driver; Keith Baxter (Connor Baxter’s Dad). He is the most knowledgeable and experienced driver out there. We’ve shot Peahi since day one, and this is one of my favorites. It’s not the biggest, or scariest, but shows the power of Peahi. And if you think Robby’s only doing a “pussy” turn on the shoulder… the wave is actually bending towards him in the foreground and the wind is whipping at 25+ mph up the face!

7 year old Camilla Tasetti and windsurf instructor Eva Enriquez.

Kanaha, Maui; Hawaii. April 2006.

I love this photo because it shows the first time joy of windsurfing with your friend. And isn’t this what it’s all about… windsurfing with your friends? I’m disappointed that none of the magazines used this photo.

U.S. F1 Grand Prix. Phoenix, Arizona.

Ayrton Senna. 1991

I have been a fan of Formula 1 racing since I was a kid. Ayrton Senna was and still is my favorite driver. This was my first F1 race, and I was so stoked to get a sharp “speed” shot of him. Besides my favorite windsurf photos of Robby and Kai, I’d have to say this is my favorite sports photo.

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