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Photographers Behind the Boards

By November 18, 2015History
Zak Noyle Series

We are proud to announce our new SurfSkates featuring photos by Zak Noyle and Jake Marote!

Here at Swell Tech SurfSkate we want to bring the best board to the surfing community. We pride ourselves in making the top surf cross training boards, but why not add some epic surf shots to go with them?!

Here’s a little about our featured photographers for these new lines.

Zak Noyle Series

Zak Noyle is one of the most-widely recognized surf photographers in the world. Zak, who is the senior staff photographer for SURFER magazine, has spent his entire life in the water. From his home in Hawaii, Zak goes out into the ocean every day, and with his skill and an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time, captures vibrant, awe-inspiring surf and wave photographs. Catch Zak on Instagram @zaknoyle to see all his epic surf photography!

Jake Marote – Jamie O’Brien Pro Model

The Jamie O’Brien Pro model features an epic shot of Jamie getting barreled at his home break, pipe. Jake is an up-and-coming photographer with only a few years of experience under his belt, but through his photography, you can see Jake is a natural talent. Checkout Jake’s story in his own words, especially if you are interested in starting out as a photographer.

“My name is Jake Marote. I am 27 years old and live in Hawaii. I live primarily on the North Shore of Oahu, but I often travel back and forth between the Hawaiian Islands. Living near the ocean all of my life has given me the privilege of becoming an avid waterman. Surfing, fishing, and diving all play a big role in my life. I graduated from the Kamehameha Schools Hawaii campus in 2006, double endorsing in the engineering and design academy. I then attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa for Graphic Design.

I’ve always had a passion for art whether it was charcoal, pencil, paint, or ink. About two years ago, my friend, Shaun Harada, made me an Instagram. It was then that I discovered my new passion for photography. I started off with just my iPhone. Eventually, I got a waterproof case for my iPhone and soon after, graduated to a GoPro. I shot anything I could, whether it was surfing, diving, or the outdoors. As time went on, I progressed with my lighting and angles as well as my post processing skills with the Adobe suite. In the beginning of 2013, I won an Instagram contest for “Best Water Shot”, hosted by Zak Noyle. It was then, that I thought I had a potential future in photography. I was quick to pursue that vision. After talking with Noyle about DSLR cameras and housing options, I purchased a Canon DSLR and a water housing. I had my mind set to pursue surf photography and travel around the world. All throughout the summer of 2013, I shot anything I could with my new set up; this way I would be ready by the time the winter swells came.

In December of 2013, I quit my 9 to 5 and set my mind on photography. I knew it would be hard work to become successful and make a living, especially having to compete with all the other photographers these days. Since then, I’ve landed quite a few jobs from some respectable clients and have had a lot of interest in my work.”

Check out all Jake’s photos on IG @jake_of_all_trades

See The Jamie O’Brien Pro Model

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