There’s something special about travelling to photograph surf in an environment that’s steeped in culture and richness – it adds an entirely new element to a trip.
You get this feeling that it’s more than just waves – it’s a sense of place, culture and tradition.
This doesn't seem to happen as much anymore. These days everything seems to be way too organised, planned and catered for. I much prefer the spontaneity of chasing a swell with a small crew and experiencing the local culture and honouring their traditions - living off the grid for a while.
Everyone that has travelled, everyone that has surfed – they know that the whole thing is really about the journey. Perhaps that’s why a trip like this… to an island in the middle of the Pacific, on a volcanic rock, getting bludgeoned by massive swells, as remote, as you can get… is so important.
Read the full story & watch Jon Franks mesmerising clip >> IRON HORSE | RipCurl THE SEARCH
Thanks to: RipCurl - The Search.
To surfing talent and travel companions Bruno Santos, Guillmero Satt, and the talented Videographer Jon Frank.
To Nikon Australia, Manfrotto, Gitzo & Aquatech.
And to our water support crew and local connection Alemao.