I’ve always wanted to see the top pro surfers’ pop-up technique in slow motion, so when I had the opportunity to shoot the WSL Founder’s Cup at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch, I rented a long lense and started shooting 120fps, which I then slowed down 5x for this video. I found it really interesting, so I decidedto share it so we could all learn from it. I was surprised that there were so many different techniques among these best. Tell me what you see here. What surprises you? Whose technique looks best to you?
Obviously, we’re just seeing their popups on a small-ish right-hand wave. They would adjust their technique in different types of surf (larger, steeper waves, etc), but the wave pool gave us a rare opportunity to see how their pop ups differ when they’re all on the exact same wave.
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Music by: Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech https://incompetech.com/