Over a career of 35 years, Brian Bielmann has become one of the world’s most successful surf photographers. His shots have graced the covers of nearly every surf magazine, been used by big-name brands and professional riders alike, published in National Geographic and even landed on the cover of the Midnight oil album, Scream in Blue.
But in relation to our beloved sport of bodyboarding, Bielmann spent his time shooting some of the most iconic and progressive guys of the sport of the 80s and 90s. They were exciting and innovative times – pro riders began competing, board designs were being innovated, tricks invented, surf breaks discovered, and bodyboards weren't solely ridden lying down. And whether from the shore or in the ocean’s firing line, Bielmann captured it all.
His shots used in the iconic ads for brands like Morey and Churchill were a game-changer for the sport – Mike Stewart on his Morey Mach 7-7/7-40 at Off the Wall, Kainoa Mcgee’s signature Wave Rebel board, Lanson Ronquilio on a Morey mach HS (hard slick), and Haouli Reeves for Churchill Makapuu swim fins and the Morey mach VF.
Lucky for us, Brian wasn't prejudiced towards what or how someone surfed. He photographed bodyboarders prone, DK, and standing up. But they all ripped. The following riders that were caught in Bielmann’s crosshairs all impacted the sport in their own way – pioneers exploring what was possible on our craft and pushing the boundaries of performance. Bielmann was always there to document what was going down and – whether he knew it or not – immortalising what would one day be the history of the sport.
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