How I Got the Shot: World champion Kelly Slater takes flight

This week’s “How I Got the Shot” takes us to Long Beach, New York, where photographer Jimmy “Jimmicane” Wilson captures a cover shot of 11-time world champion Kelly Slater.

World surfing champion Kelly Slater surfing at the Quiksilver Pro; photo courtesy of Jimmicane

11-time world champion Kelly Slater surfing at the Quiksilver Pro in New York in 2011; photo courtesy of Jimmicane

Name: Jimmy Wilson, a.k.a. Jimmicane
Age: 28
Hometown: St. Augustine, Florida
Bio: Jimmicane is a photographer who loves the Florida State Seminoles and Jacksonville Jaguars unconditionally.
Who: Kelly Slater
Where: Long Beach, New York
Why: I was shooting the Quiksilver Pro [in New York in 2011]. This is probably one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. It’s the best surfer in history, performing the best air of his life. So that’s a good start, but what makes it special is that hundreds of photographers were on the beach shooting photos, and I was lucky enough to be the only person in the water shooting this angle. The current was very strong and kept sweeping me down the beach, into a groin, but I battled it long enough to witness this air. It ended up on the cover of Surfing magazine! Being a fellow east coaster [like Kelly Slater], I was psyched to capture such a special moment during an historic event in New York. Slater ended up getting second place in the final but that year he won his 11th world title, which might end up being his last.
What the image was shot with: Canon Mark IV, 70-200mm f/2.8L
Magazine Affiliation: Surfing magazine
Sponsors: I wish!
Instagram: Jimmicane
Facebook: Jimmicane

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