How I Got the Shot: Surfer Greg Long’s stealthy ride

This week’s “How I Got the Shot” takes photographer Todd Glaser to an undisclosed location with big-wave surfer Greg Long, proving that secret surf spots still exist among the chosen few who surf them.

Greg Long surfing his secret spot; Photo courtesy of Todd Glaser

Greg Long surfing his secret spot; photo courtesy of Todd Glaser

Name: Todd Glaser
Age: 28
Hometown: San Diego
Bio: Todd Glaser wanders the world with his camera, one step at a time. Based in his hometown of San Diego, his work has taken him to remote surf spots in Fiji, Tahiti, Indonesia, Mexico, and many other places.

As a staff photographer for Surfer magazine, Glaser has captured some of the biggest names in the surf world and photographed some of the world’s most famous and dangerous waves. Featured in the 2010 release “Surfer Magazine: Fifty Years,” Glaser was awarded a Follow The Light Foundation grant in 2008 and won the Surfer Magazine Photo of the Year in 2009, among numerous other awards.

Who: Greg Long
Where: A secret spot
Why: I chose this image because this trip was the first of many that I have been fortunate enough to share with both Greg Long and his brother, Rusty Long. They invited me to chase this swell with them, but never told me where we were going, or how long it would take to get there. I was under strict orders to keep the location a secret, as both the two brothers spent quite a bit of time trying to find this wave.

Being entrusted with their secret, it was important to me as a photographer to document them riding their discovery the best I could, without revealing anything about where we were. As a result, we were able to create this image together. To this day it is one of the most memorable wave missions I have ever been on.
What the image was shot with: Digital Canon camera, Del Mar Waterhousing, and a 10mm fisheye
Magazine affiliation: Surfer magazine
Sponsors: None currently, but I wouldn’t turn down a new friend at Canon or Leica!
Instagram: toddglaser
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToddGlaserPhotography

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