Incredible shots of pro-surfers riding waves – taken from inside the barrel
These incredible shots show pro-surfers riding the waves – from INSIDE the barrel.
The amazing images show surfers in all weather conditions riding barrels both day and night – with unbelievable rare shots taken from inside the wave, looking out.
The remarkable pictures show the talented surfers from a unique perspective inside the barrels in the crystal-clear ocean, set against stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Freelance surf photographer and high-school student Leroy Bellet, from New South Wales, Australia, captured the amazing action shots at a secret reef off the south coast of New South Wales.
The stunning pictures were taken across a three month period during Australia’s winter season.
Leroy, 16, said: “I love the ocean and have a passion for riding waves.
“The initial instigator for my love of surf photography was the release of the first GoPro camera – I loved the fact it let me document and share the experience of riding the barrel.
“I got a real kick out of it.
“Basically there’s two of us sharing a barrel on surfboards – I’m riding behind the guy in front, with my camera in hand.
“Most surfing images are shot from outside the barrel looking in.
“The technique I used, known as the ‘double tow’, takes far more risk but certainly makes for better impact images, and gives an idea of what it’s like to be a surfer inside a barrel.
“The first few times I did it were really scary, but exciting and promising – it took a lot of hard work and dedication, but there were some really cool images coming out.
“There is a lot of work that goes into these images – we need surfers, jet-ski drivers, videographers – and it takes a lot of dedication in terms of getting up early in the cold and a lot of trial and error.
“But I think everyone involved genuinely enjoys the thrill, rewards and excitement of capturing these images.
“After putting so much into it, it’s amazing to see so much come out of it.
“On top of all that, sharing a barrel with someone else is a pretty amazing experience – we’d do it without the camera.”