It was an honor to photograph the 13th annual Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro that took place in Oceanside on October 3rd and 4th. The event always scheduled for mid July had been pushed back due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This years event was limited from about 100 surfers down to less than 20. The event was also changed to be more of a team competition. Everyone from California on one team and everyone else on team USA.
The event this year was closed to the public with only family, friends, staff, sponsors and media able to attend. Everyone who attended the event was encouraged to follow social distancing procedures and to be wearing a mask (unless with family units). Gated off areas were visible from the street prompting the general public to stay away from the area. We covered the event for San Diego Sports Domination and for Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (SURF).
The event was one for the record books for us photographers. The early morning lighting on Sunday, October 4th was amazing as were the waves. We had some hurricane activity in the waters off of Mexico that pushed some big waves up the California coast. We had a few girls able to pull off barrels which was incredible to watch. You will see two photos of the barrels in the photo gallery below. The photos are shot from the beach minus the photo of Tatiana Weston-Webb showing inside the barrel of a wave. That photo was shot from the pier using the 400mm. The pier was pretty much on lockdown due to covid. So you had to shoot further down the pier than normal making this shot of Webb lucky.
Gear used on this shoot:
- Canon 7DM2
- Canon 400 F2.8 IS V1
- The 7DM2 with the 400 F2.8 is shooting an equivalent of 640mm at F2.8 giving this lens the longest reach on the beach.
- Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Monopod
- Portable Lightweight Folding Tripod Stool
- Lightroom + Photoshop for post shot edits + addition of watermarks.
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