Once in a Lifetime Surfing Shot Captured with a High Speed Camera

The Roman philosopher Seneca once said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” This clip from the BBC documentary “South Pacific” shows Rudi Diesel capturing a once in a lifetime shot of surfer Dylan Longbottom in a massive 12-foot wave using a Typhoon HD4 high speed camera. It’s the first shot of its kind ever recorded, and one of the most amazing surfing shots you’ll ever see.

The pseudo-slow motion surfing video we shared yesterday compared to this one is like comparing 2D to 3D.

(via f stoppers)

  • Simon Hucko

    cool? you bet. “once in a lifetime?” nah

  • Brandon

    I guess people don’t get a lot of surf videos in England, that is something that could be seen in virtually any surf vid from the last 15 years.

  • Elias

    I’m gonna have to chime in here to say that while the video was amazing I was sorely disappointed when nothing out of the ordinary happened. I was expecting something spectacular, like a school of flying fish exploding through the wave in slow-mo. As Simon said, “Cool? You bet. “Once in a lifetime?” Nope.

  • Julian

    I think this is a one in a lifetime capture:

    / / but this waves are pretty awesome !

  • Zenn Maar

    Well done!

  • Matt

    The shot from underneath the wave at 0:10 is far more impressive than the shot in the barrel. If you’ve seen one surf video, you’ve seen a hundred, and almost every one has that exact same shot.

    And fyi BBC, when guys like Laird Hamilton and Jeff Clarke, who have been routinely riding 30 foot+ waves for over 2 decades, 12 feet is hardly a “monster”.