Our friends at Flatroc Films capture a glimpse of life as it is inside the World Championship Tour when it coincides with a macking swell at Teahupo'o reef pass in French Polynesia, Tahiti.
Prepare to be mesmerised. Press play. Enjoy.
Born in the Waikato, Derek has worked as a photographer since 1994. During that time he has surfed and photographed extensively throughout New Zealand the Pacific, South Africa and Australia. Derek founded New Zealand Surf Journal in 2018 to "raise the tide for all boats" by shining a light on the New Zealand surf industry. He lives in Dunedin with his wife, Rachael and three children, Taya, Rewa and Keo.
Derek was recently named New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year for 2018.