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January 19, 2010 / Dave Gorham

The Waves of Hawaii

Your Weather Blog typically doesn’t post FWDd emails to the blog. Occasionally however, one lands in our Inbox of particular relevance, fascination or beauty and we feel compelled to share with you. In this case, please enjoy the spectacular photography of Clark Little and the text that accompanied the email. ImpactWeather provides wind and seas forecasts to many operators (shipping, exploration, production) in seas around the world but we’ll guess those waves typically don’t look quite like this. Rather, perhaps our operators don’t have the opportunity to enjoy their waves from this perspective.

The Waves of Hawaii
Waimea Bay shore-break surfing pioneer, husband, and father of two, Clark Little has gained nationwide recognition for his photography with appearances on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and many local news stations across the U.S.

It all started in 2007 when Clark ‘s wife wanted a nice piece of art to decorate a wall. Voluntarily, Clark grabbed a camera, jumped in the water, and starting snapping away capturing the beauty and power of monstrous Hawaiian waves from the inside out. “Clark ‘s view” is a unique view of the ocean that most will only be able to experience safely on land while studying one of Clark ‘s photos. Now with a camera upgrade and an itch to get that better shot, Clark has taken this on full time and has moved his office from land, to the inside of a barrel.

  Since the recent stir of Clark ‘s work, his images have been run on the Today Show, ABC World News Now, Nature’s Best Photography, Paris Match (France), La Vie (France), Hana Hou (Hawaiian Airlines) magazine, Surfer magazine, Surfer’s Journal as well as multiple publishers and newspapers in the U.S. and overseas.

These incredible images of waves in the Hawaiian Islands were taken by Clark Little, the number one photographer of surf.  He captures magical moments “inside the tube,” as the surfers say.




Sun glints off  wave
Clark Little/SWNS



Sand in surf
Clark Little/SWNS
This shot captures sand from the ocean’s floor being swept up by a monstrous wave and resembles a sandstorm.

“There were clouds of sand ten feet high and I’m standing there.
I’m holding on to my camera and my trigger as long as I can.
Then I have to jump into the cloud of sand to try to get out of danger’s way.”





Tubular shining
Clark Little/SWNS



Beach – surf crashes down
Clark Little/SWNS



Molten liquid gold
Clark Little/SWNS



White tumultuous water
Clark Little/SWNS



Splash – stunning shot
Clark Little/SWNS



Red mysterious shot
Clark Little/SWNS



Break – wave crashes down
Clark Little/SWNS



Beauty – water drops
Clark Little/SWNS
With a high shutter speed he caught the brilliant fanned effect of two waves  intersecting each other and throwing out this beautiful fan of waves.

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