In the three previous installments of Dick’s Picks, I plumbed the depths of four decades worth of photography with no central focus other than presenting what I hoped would be nothing more an entertaining digital exhibition of some of my favorite surfing-related imagery.
The photos have ranged from my first ever-published surf shot in Surfing Magazine taken close to home at Bay Head, NJ, in 1972 to trips that spanned the globe and 40 years of my life as a vagabond photojournalist taking me from Chile to Easter Island to the Cape Verde Islands to Canada to the Galapagos Islands to name but a few places I've had the pleasure to visit on assignment.
This time I thought I would focus closer to my second home here in Florida where I spend the majority of my time either perched in front of a tripod, swimming in the water, or riding a jet-ski trying to capture the surfing life of one of the world’s most well-known waves, Sebastian Inlet, a place I first photographed in the early ‘70s.
Home to Kelly Slater, the Hobgoods, and aerial pioneer Matt Kechele to name but a few of its most famous alumni, Sebastian Inlet is one of the finest shooting galleries I've had the pleasure to work at both talent and location-wise. It provides a multitude of photo angles ensconced inside the beautiful and cozy confines of its well-maintained 755 acres of state park land.
The Inlet has provided so many of my personal best photo moments as the longtime photo studio/beach office of Eastern Surf Magazine for both myself and a famous Inlet alumni in his own right, my partner at ESM, Tom Dugan.
The following photo selection showcases some of my favorite recent images from one of the surfing world’s most dynamic and storied breaks — and one that has had as huge impact on every level of modern surfing as any other surf spot in the world.