I can watch these guys and girls for hours out of my window, and I do! They are amazing athletes. Little did I know that I would be living in front of a small gravel parking lot, in front of a beach where some of the most famous professional windsurfers and kitesurfers practice. Some of them are bound for the Olympics and some are previous Olympic medal winners. Pretty amazing. I can walk through this parking lot on any day and hear a bunch of different languages. Great experience. And very down to earth guys and girls, as you would expect. 36/365project
I came home from photographing in Cape Town today to find the parking lot by my beach full of cars with Windsurfing gear on top. The Windsurfers were taking advantage of the roaring Southeaster and the break that is so famous right in front of my apartment in Melkbosstrand. My strength has always been action sports photography and it was the perfect day and time of day to make some images. I used my Canon 5D Mark III with a 70-200mmIS L lens with a 2X converter. I made the image at 1600 ISO at f5.6 and 1/2000th of a second to be able to capture him in flight. I've seen these guys pull off this move a few times when the waves were this high. Many of the guys that come to my beach are pro's and Olympic hopefuls from all over the world. This guy was from France. Image 18/365.
My lease was finalized today so I move in June 5th. Turns out the beach that is in my view just so happens to be a famous beach. Not to everyone, but to a selective group. In the summer the best Wind and Kite Surfers come from all over the world to this beach to train. These are Pro Circuit and Olympic Athletes. I don't really know why yet and nobody can really explain it to me, but you can be sure that when they get here in the Summer (December, odd huh) I'll get plenty of images and get to the bottom of the why. Looking forward to the show. Starting to get cold here.