Noosa Heads is a lovely place on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. We were lucky enough to stay there for 3-4 weeks at the end of summer 2014 and had a great time exploring the National Park headland which has a handful of secluded point breaking surf bays and lush sub-tropical forest. A great opportunity presented itself for a photo shoot on a flat calm day, while our team trained for free diving and surf fitness.
Our underwater camera operator, Alexander Brown, had spent the previous years photographing and filming on the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean. The typical setup being used for the work was a Canon DSLR in an Ikelite underwater housing. This compact system offers great cinematic qualities for a range of work, while keeping weight and size down for international travel. The whole complete rig fits perfectly into a medium sized Pelican Case.
The idea of rock running, or scientifically known as hypoxic training, is a method used by athletes to improve the lung function while the body is under stress during oxygen restricted activity. Here, our model has around a 10kg rock to hold her down so that she can run along the surface of the ocean. This photo shot by Alexander, became a winning photo in competition for The North Face in 2014.
This last shot turned out to be an ideal choice for our homepage banner image for the new website. Here our athlete is aiming for an extremely challenging task of training under stress and underwater. We liked the emphasis this puts on our work that nothing is impossible, and we welcome the challenge!