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#1 Drew

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 03:58 PM

The annual Mavericks big wave surf competition is underway at Half Moon Bay, CA. A big rogue wave has injured dozens of spectators and the waves are seriously big on Saturday. Fortunately no one was killed.
However for one surf photographer who found his way into the water, you can see he's desperately trying to save his Canon camera with a 70-200 lens. I'd have to say that Canon Professional Services will not be allowing warranty repairs on that rig.
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Posted 15 February 2010 - 06:49 AM

The annual Mavericks big wave surf competition is underway at Half Moon Bay, CA. A big rogue wave has injured dozens of spectators and the waves are seriously big on Saturday. Fortunately no one was killed.
However for one surf photographer who found his way into the water, you can see he's desperately trying to save his Canon camera with a 70-200 lens. I'd have to say that Canon Professional Services will not be allowing warranty repairs on that rig.

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Ouch... that looks expensive! P.S. Congrats to South African big wave surfer Chris Bertish for winning the event!

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 03:23 PM

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 05:51 PM

That shot could sell a few surf housings.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 12:18 PM

Looks to me like he has a wetsuit on... probably fell off jet ski. While watching event it appeared there were guys out with cameras without housings. OUCH

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 10:16 AM

Yeah, quite a few guys don't like the bulkiness of a housing or the difficulty in working with a bag like EWA marine. If he managed to keep it out of the drink quickly when he fell in, it could've survived. My 1D2 suffered a submergence (albeit in fresh water) and still shot 3 years after that without any issues.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 10:20 AM

If he managed to keep it out of the drink quickly when he fell in, it could've survived. My 1D2 suffered a submergence (albeit in fresh water) and still shot 3 years after that without any issues.


Different tolerance for risk, though I think if I had a set-up of those cameras and lenses shown in those photos, I would not have to worry about it surviving, the shock would kill me :(

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 06:27 AM

I cant understand why, with that lens, they put themselves in that position. Screw the shot .... that's serious buisness with all of that water moving around!

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 10:52 AM

I think that he is desperatly trying to save his life getting back to the jet ski before the next wave comes...
Or maybe he is trying to save the photographer/jetski driver as one person is missing/not on the picture.

Holy cow, 40' waves, and watch those videos, this guys where very lucky!


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Posted 10 June 2010 - 11:53 PM

One word.... Insurance :D

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