How many of you have been tuning in and watching the 2014 Pipe Masters event? It has certainly been epic so far, and did you see Kelly’s near perfect barrel in such testing conditions? As we all sit glued to the computer screen watching the action going down at Pipe, do any of us really appreciate how the action we watch directly from the impact zone ends up in front of us? There is no way we would be able to become so immersed in the action if it wasn’t for the work of Larry Haynes.
Larry Haynes is a water photographer and cinematographer, who you may have seen swimming around in the carnage that is Pipe, pushing his futuristic looking and pretty large camera in front of him. Larry is the guy who puts his neck on the line to capture the Pro’s slotted in the barrel and gives us the impression we are sitting out in the line up with them.
With just a pair of vipers and a Gath helmet to protect him, Larry manoeuvres himself around the impact zone and brings all the thrills and spills of the Billabong Pipe Masters into our living rooms. The camera in question magically sends images live from the water and we get to see every perfect pit or every grimacing wipeout in full glory.
An official ASP video of Larry talking about how he manages to negotiate himself and the camera around and under the waves and how he works within inches of the Surfers is embedded below this article. You can marvel at Larry at work and get a better understanding of how the live webcast of all the action ends up in front of you. Next time you are watching all the action from the pro tour, keep a look out for Larry right in the mix of it all.