Some tear-sheets and behind the scenes stuff from a shoot I was involved in during the West Australian summer. I was mid-way through a month long trip to Europe and had to finish shooting a book as soon as I got home.
We were already pushing it time-wise when I got a call from Stab publisher Sam McIntosh talking about a week in Yallingup with one of the best surfers in the world, working on a never-seen-before concept. Needless to say I pulled the necessary strings, bought some extra time and jumped on board.
Anyway, everything worked out time-wise (it always seems to) and the Stab shoot ran smooth as butter. Once I committed to the trip I found out the surfer was Julian Wilson, (who you probably know from the Mick Fanning shark incident) and the concept involved Jules riding 11 blank boards in an attempt to find the world's best board & shaper.
As with any decent sized production, there's a team of people working behind the scenes to make everything click. Our crew was Jules (surfer), Jimmy Lees, Toby Cregan & Rick Jackovich (video), Ryan Miller, Andy Staley & Myself (Photo) plus Sam and Pat Towersey from Hurley on production. A group of really talented individuals who were great to spend time with. So anyway, here's some notes, images that didn't make the final cut and selects from the feature inside Stab Issue 80.