Zak Noyle is an outdoor photographer with a unique perspective on surf and sea. Based out of Oahu, Noyle spends countless hours in the water, creating dramatic imagery and artful interpretations of the world's magnificent ocean environments.
Growing up, Noyle spent most of his life in the water at home in the Pacific Ocean. In addition to navigating the waves armed with a camera in an underwater housing, he is a surfer, bodysurfer, bodyboarder and swam competitively and played waterpolo during his high school years at Punahou School.
His lifelong love of the sea inspired him to take up surf photography so he could share the beauty of a water world seldom seen from his perspective. Tutored and encouraged by his father Ric Noyle, a seasoned commercial photographer, Zak got his start in photography at the age of 14—taking surf photos of friends to help create promotional pieces for sponsorship. Some of his first gigs include covering surf meets during his freshman year in which his work was published in local and national and international surfing magazines and websites—Surfer Magazine, Transworld Surf, Salt Magazine, ASL Surfing, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Surfer's Journal and others.
In 2010, at age 25, Zak became senior staff photographer with Surfer Magazine. His images have been sold for ads with RedBull, Hurley, DaKine, DC Shoes, Quicksilver, Australian's Surfing Life, Volcom and others. His images have also been published in National Geographic, Surfer Magazine, London Times and ESPN. That same year, he was selected as one of the international sports photographers where his work was showcased at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.
Creating these unique images requires careful planning, hard work and a bit of luck. To be in the right place at the right time, Noyle is up before dawn, familiarizing himself with the day's wind, wave and tide conditions.
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