Pipeline Portraits: Through the Lens of Sunny Golden

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The North Shore of Oahu is the surf mecca every winter, buzzing with competition and good vibes as the world’s best surfers gather for their chance at glory. It’s no suprise that with an extreme reef break like Banzai Pipeline, surf photographers and filmmakers everywhere flock to Oahu throughout the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series. Huge expensive lenses and RED cameras come out from all corners to document one of the world’s gnarliest waves.

 

There was one particular photographer on the scene this week that was able to capture a unique perspective from behind her lens. 15-year-old Sunny Golden is a Hawaii native and emerging photographer, above and beyond her years in talent and sure to make her way on to the scene quickly. From brilliant¬†portraiture¬†to wide angle lineup frames, Sunny’s keen eye proves worthy of publication just as someone in the field with decades of experience. Hawaii’s beauty adds to the vibrant colors in her shots. Sunny proves that the photographer’s eye is nothing short of a gift.

 

Check out this special gallery of “Pipeline Portraits: Through the Lens of Sunny Golden.”

 

The North Shore is ready for action. Who will be crowned at Pipeline? Photo: Surf Channel/Sunny Golden

The North Shore is ready for action. Who will be crowned at Pipeline? Photo: Surf Channel/Sunny Golden

 

Billabong Pipe Masters bleachers on Pupukea Beach. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

Billabong Pipe Masters bleachers on Pupukea Beach. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

 

Jamie O'Brien (HAW) scores a monster set at Banzai Pipeline. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

Jamie O’Brien (HAW) scores a monster set at Banzai Pipeline. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

 

JOB spit out with a claim to prove it. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

JOB spit out with a claim to prove it. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

 

Fred Patacchia (HAW) pulls out the larger board for a proper Pipeline ride. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

Fred Patacchia (HAW) pulls out the larger board for a proper Pipeline ride. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

 

Kalani Chapman (HAW) going for broke on this Banzai wall. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

Kalani Chapman (HAW) going for broke on this Banzai wall. Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

 

Chapman sets up for an epic barrel ride. What could be better? Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

Chapman sets up for an epic barrel ride. What could be better? Photo: Surf Channel/ Golden

 

 

About the photographer:

 

Hawaiian surf and lifestyle photographer, Sunny Golden.

Hawaiian surf and lifestyle photographer, Sunny June Golden. Birthday: 6/21/97

 

 

Keep checking back for more images from the Billabong Pipe Masters finals! Watch LIVE on: www.VansTripleCrownofSurfing.com




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Shannon Marie Quirk is the Editor-in-Chief of the TheSurfChannel.com, and Director of Digital Media for The Surf Channel and The Ski Channel Television Networks. She is a sports journalist with Bachelors of Arts degrees in English and Spanish Literature from UCLA, trained as a photojournalist by the Los Angeles Times and TransWorld Snowboarding Magazine. A San Francisco native, Shannon is a surfer, competitive snowboarder, and believes that athletes have a responsibility to take care of their playgrounds. FOLLOW: @ShannonReporting


 
Ginger Der says:

In a year I won't be able to afford your services little girl. We are both very proud of you and love you. Aloha, Aunty Ginger.

Betty Smith says:

You are not only smart, beautiful and witty but oh my gosh throw in talented and you have one AMAZING young woman. I am so proud of you and expect to see more fantastic things from you.

Lisa Golden says:

Congratulations Sunny! You're amazing! :)

GiGi Golden says:

Amazing!! :-)

You have a lot of talent. Continue doing it you have a special gift. Love ya

Patti Blumberg says:

Just so talented! Great work Sunny!

Amazing job! You have such talent…

Patti Golden says:

sooooo proud of you, Love the photos baby doll…

Val Colter says:

I want to come this year and see the big surf…

Sooooo impressed, Sunny!

Before you know it Sunny YOU will be a traveling photographer! I hope these surf GODS will see your talent and ask you to someday join their TEAM! WAY TO GO SUNNY!

Gayle Dean-Daneau says:

Woooow that looks like FUN!!!

GREAT SHOTS SUNNY! AMAZING! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

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