National Geographic ‘Stunning Photographs’ – Big Wave Surfing in Bali

National Geograpic's newest large format hardcover coffee table book includes a double page spread of Mega Semadhi's air drop into the 'Green Room' of Bali's Padang Padang beach.

Can't say how excited, humbled, and proud I am to have my work included with that of 'National Geographic's most renowned photographers'.

The gallery below includes the entire sequence of photos from Mega's incredibly dangerous decision to take off into the smoking pit of the 'Bali Pipeline' - one of the most dangerous waves anywhere in the world. With only a few feet of water covering the jagged corals and (literally) tons of water potentially slamming down on top of him if he fell, it is one of the most incredible things I've seen after years of shooting the wave at Padang. The spot the Mega chose to launch himself from is the steepest, shallowest, heaviest of the entire wave.

He was paddling back to the lineup after catching a wave, watching another surfer coming down the line on this particular wave. When the other surfer lost his footing and wiped out, Mega made the snap decision to snag it before it went by. I saw him setting up to go for the wave and barely managed to frame the sequence before the wave slammed over me too. The entire scene was over in just a few fractions of a second, but when I got home and got the camera out of the water housing, I knew this photo was a unique one. Can't say how stoked I am that the editors at National Geographic decided to include my work in the final book, it's very rare that NatGeo runs surf photography.

Just a week after it came out, the book hit #1 on Amazon.com in the Photojournalism section, and went on to hit #1 in the Landscapes section.

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