This is one of those times when saying “Holy mackerel!” would be considered more than acceptable. This is also another fine example of the fact that everything looks better in slow motion.
It’s no secret how much I love surfing and I’m always on the lookout for the next bad ass surfing video. Combine that with the fact that I’m always looking for what other people are capable of doing with the Canon 7D- especially in regards to the limits of slow motion. Well, if you’re me, sooner or later you find this video- and then you find your mouth on the floor.
Behold Oahu’s famous north shore, at a blistering 1000 frames per second. Of course the 7D is not capable of filming at 1000FPS so additional software like twixtor is required to slow down the footage.
Mark Visser packed up his board called in a few choppers and dropped in on Jaws, the world famous big wave surfing location off the coast of Maui, in the middle of the night no less. The video is absolutely mind blowing to think that a 40-foot wave is right behind him and hes essentially riding blind down this aquatic cliff face. Mark was wearing a buoyancy vest and employed a modified surfboard with LED lighting. Still, even with the two helicopters, that’s some seriously dangerous sh*t- and I approve!
Apparently the lighting technologies were created for by Solus Corporation using NASA submarine lighting technology to ensure the wave and board were lit in the right places at the right time to illuminate the scene, but not blind Mark in the process.
This RipCurl video would be awesome enough on it’s own, but Timeslice Films also built a rig of 52 canon cameras shooting sequentially to produce the bullet-time or the matrix effect. It’s the first time this effect was used with surfing, and I think it turned out great. Now if they could just show me a huge bass jumping in bullet-time..
Behind the scenes video after the break!