A Unique Perspective on Kai Lenny’s Ascent – In “Dekka: Kai,” photographer Derek Dunfee shows us what it’s like riding shotgun for Kai Lenny’s big-wave season

A Unique Perspective on Kai Lenny’s Ascent – In “Dekka: Kai,” photographer Derek Dunfee shows us what it’s like riding shotgun for Kai Lenny’s big-wave season

He’s been a competent photographer for years, and has lately poured more and more of his time and energy into honing his skills behind the lens, capturing world-class big-wave surfing and publishing his images in print (you know, the gentleman’s media, the one that pairs well with a glass of old scotch and Sinatra’s “In the Wee Small Hours”).

Big-wave surfer/photographer Derek Dunfee shot this image of Kai Lenny on the beach at Nazaré after the contest was put on hold.

“This was the most scared I’ve ever been in the water shooting photos,” says Dunfee of this early-morning tow session at Jaws.

At every venue, Lenny brought an approach to oversized waves and swell preparation that Dunfee had never seen before.

On Dunfee’s first trip for the project, shadowing Lenny to the Puerto Escondido Challenge in Mainland Mexico, Lenny ended up winning the entire event.

“This photo is from Nazaré, the second day of the really big swell during the contest,” says Dunfee. “It was about 5 a. m. , and the fog was really bad that morning.

“It’s funny, he shows up at Jaws with a cooler full of bean and cheese burritos,” says Dunfee.

“This was the same day as when he was towing, during the biggest swell of the year at Jaws,” says Dunfee.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

A Unique Perspective on Kai Lenny’s Ascent   In Dekka: Kai, photographer Derek Dunfee shows us what its like riding shotgun for Kai Lennys big wave season surf photo  A Unique Perspective on Kai Lenny’s Ascent   In Dekka: Kai, photographer Derek Dunfee shows us what its like riding shotgun for Kai Lennys big wave season surf photo  A Unique Perspective on Kai Lenny’s Ascent   In Dekka: Kai, photographer Derek Dunfee shows us what its like riding shotgun for Kai Lennys big wave season surf photo

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