Surf Contest By Ron Church
While surfers may look more relaxed than most, they are not exempt from the human desire to go higher, farther and faster. As the members of the developing surfing world of the early 1960s found themselves striving to surpass one another, and looking to quantify their most accomplished riders, the first surf contests were organized. At 27, as photographer Ron Church strode forcefully into this arena. In his ongoing quest for new material, he brought to surfing a headful of new ideas, camera angles and lighting techniques. Although Church only actively photographed surfing for a few short years, he was there at the beginning of its transformation into something big, and his documentation of its first contests--which were at once mundane and heroic--brought surf photography to another level.
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