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"Rus is a local aboriginal who spends the majority of the contest with his didgeridoo, supporting all of the surfers and blessing the waves/contest." - Todd Glaser

“The images we make are collaborative,” says photographer Todd Glaser of his work with Kelly Slater. Nearly ten years ago the pair met in France. They became fast friends. Todd got a gig with Quiksilver to trail Kelly for the next three years. That relationship continues. “Being able to work with someone like Kelly is just incredible,” Todd says. “He is a great photographer himself, so he pushes me to be the best person I can be, but also to be the best photographer I can be, too.”

I asked him what he loves most about taking pictures. “I love being able to—this is going to sound really cliché—just kind of create and capture a moment, whatever that means. My first and favorite thing to do is to be in the water and to capture images. I love to surf, and to be able to give a surfer’s perspective of what it’s like to be in the water, it’s something not a lot of people get to see, and it’s something that I really enjoy doing.”

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“This is an image of Kelly heading out for his first heat of the year at Snapper. Rus is a local aboriginal who's become a fixture when it comes to the first event of the season. He spends the majority of the day during the contest

with his didgeridoo, supporting all of the surfers and blessing the waves/contest. He's been wearing the same Slater jersey everyday since the event started to when it ended.”

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Jamie Brisick is a writer, photographer, and director. He surfed on the ASP world tour from 1986 to 1991. He has since documented surf culture extensively. His books include Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina, Roman & Williams: Things We Made, We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations, Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow, and The Eighties at Echo Beach. His writings and photographs have appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He was the editor of Surfing magazine from 1998-2000, and is presently the global editor of Huck. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles. For more of his work check out jamiebrisick.com & @jamiebrisick

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