High Five w/Jimmicane
Been a minute since we threw up a High Five, luckily we’ve got some good ones coming in.. First cab off the rank? James Wilson or Jimmy Willson or Jimmicane. Depends what level you know on him I guess, maybe you know him from his FS Passion Picks? Or his devoted love for the Jaguars? maybe his constant twittering?
Jimmy has slid thru 5 images that he likes that he took, and also five that someone else took so come take a look…
“I don’t know if these are my 5 favorite photos I’ve taken. I just don’t have all my favorites in one place. They’re scattered. But here’s some I like for one reason or another.”
1. Clay Marzo, Ebay 2006.
“This was my first big time trip I’d ever done and on the first day we just got a massive swell. Same day as that no-hander Yadin Nicol Hurley ad from Nokanduis. I could’ve got an even crazier angle of Adriano Desouza this day but I was so anti-poacher, I didn’t pull the trigger. Later when I was shooting flash a set caught me inside and Clay’s board hit me in the face underwater, then his leash wrapped around my neck. 2nd closest I’ve ever been to drowning.”
2. Mick Fanning, Johanna Beach 2010.
“Waves were so bad that year for the Rip Curl Pro. They finally had to move the comp to Johanna. Cold, rainy and miserable. I was so over being there but somehow I got lucky and ended up with this image.”
3. Ozzie Wright, Santa Cruz 2008.
“I just got the job at Surfing Mag and was out to make a statement with shooting in California. Everyone was stuck in such a set formula of how they’d take photos of surfing. Pete Taras and I changed that. Now everyone shoots the Jimmicangle and it’s time to change it around again.”
4. Alex Gray, Backdoor 2010.
“Speed blurs are so hip right now but I still think most of them are garbage. To me you have to actually nail sharpness on a key element for it to be special. How I got that board sharp at 1/15th of a second? Pure luck.”
5. Baja Mex 2009.
“I’d never been down there. Everyone was still freaked out because of the kidnappings and mass murder with the drug cartels. Ricky Whitlock, Scotty Hammonds, Gabe Garcia and I were alone scoring double overhead perfect peaks. They all agreed it was the best beachbreak waves ever. Haven’t been down since.”
“All I do everyday is look at photos so when I try to think of my favorite all-time images, my mind goes into a never ending maze. I decided to just pick out my 5 favorite Slater photos instead. From a technical aspect, none of these are anything out of the normal, but they’re all special moments and meaningful images.”
“It was on the cover of the first surf magazine I ever bought. Nov 1996 Surfing Magazine. This is Jeff Divine’s photo, which isn’t nearly as good as Jeff Hornbaker’s angle but I couldn’t find that one. Why the hell is there not an ASP WT event in Indo anymore?”
2. Pipe Masters by Tom Servais.
“This is the year he high-fived Machado and beat him for the world title. The best surfer won and to this day I’ve never seen anyone try shit like this at Pipe. Just wildness.”
3. Sebastian Inlet by Mez.
“I had this poster hung on my wall since I was a grom and still have a print in my office. Sebastian Inlet used to be a special place. Such a tragedy it went to shit. It was the ultimate breeding ground for world class surfers.”
4. North Shore by Steve Sherman.
“The greatest rivalry surfing’s ever had. KS vs AI. I still wonder why Kelly came into Andy’s house that day. His mind fuck attempt didn’t work though and he lost the title again that year.”
5. Barbados by D.Hump.
“In my opinion the best surfing that’s ever been done in history was Kelly at Soup Bowls on this trip. They were filming for Campaign 2 and Sipping Jetstreams. I actually got sent down by TransWorld to shoot when D.Hump left for Cuba. The morning I got in Kelly had hurt his neck and was done with surfing. I barely shot anything but I got to surf a lot.”