Zak Noyle is an outdoor photographer with a truly unique perspective on surf and sea. Based on the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu, Zak spends countless hours in the water, creating dramatic imagery and artful interpretations of the world’s most magnificent ocean environment. Here is an insider’s view, seldom seen, of the beauty and raw power of this offshore world. Here are color, shape and texture captured from within -- from the crystal clarity of a curling wave to the play of sunlight on a deep-ocean swell.
Surf photographer Zak Noyle is an island boy who has spent most of his life in the water—at home in the Pacific Ocean. It is this lifelong love of the sea that prompted him to take up surf photography, to share with others the beauty of a watery world seldom seen from his perspective. Besides navigating the waves armed with a camera in an underwater housing, he is a surfer, bodysurfer, bodyboarder and swam competitively and played water polo during his high school years.
Tutored and encouraged by his father, seasoned commercial photographer Ric Noyle, Zak began in earnest at the age of 14—taking surf photos of friends to help create promotional pieces for sponsorship. Young Noyle began covering surf meets during his freshman year at Honolulu’s Punahou School, and his work was soon being published in a number of 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 was made senior staff photographer with nationally know Surfer Magazine. Prior to Surfer, he was with Transworld Surf. His images have been sold for ads with RedBull, Hurley, DaKine, DC Shoes, Quicksilver, Australian’s Surfing Life, Volcom as well as others. His images have been published in National Geographic, Surfer Magazine, London Times, and ESPN.
That year, he was selected as one of the international sport photographers where his work was showcased at the Annenberg Space for Photography in 2010
Creating these unique images requires careful planning, hard work and a good 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.
Zak’s travels have taken him to Tahiti, Indonesia- The Mentawais and Bali, The Philippines, Western Australia, Easter Island, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Java and Peru always in search of fabulous swells.
Visit Zak’s galleries at www.zaknoyle.com and discover for yourself his spectacular, surfer’s-eye view of the sea around us. Zak Noyle exhibits his dramatic photographic artwork at galleries and other retail outlets throughout Hawai‘i and Seattle.
Currently, you can view more of Zak’s work at The Waikiki Parc Hotel’s lobby.
More than 13,000 votes were cast during Surfer Magazine’s 2011 Photo of the Year contest and Zak’s “Perfect Day” image was selected.