Baby Cobras, Young Shooters: Corey Wilson

posted by / Photos / September 7, 2012

Once a week, for the next five weeks, SURFING will bring you the stories behind each of our senior staff photographers’ careers. They all got their foot into the surf industry’s door the old school way, before Baby Cobras (consider yourself lucky).

Week three: Santa Cruz, California’s Corey Wilson is new to the SURFING roster but his imagery has already proven that he is here to stay. This week we display his recent score from Mainland Mexico in 23 self-captioned photographs.

I recently did a trip to Mexico with Cory Lopez, Oliver Kurtz and Bruce Irons. We spent 7 days over there and scored some great waves. This is a shot of Isaac Perloff, an underground guy from Santa Cruz who scored some of the best waves of his life.

I recently did a trip to Mexico with Cory Lopez, Oliver Kurtz and Bruce Irons. We spent 7 days over there and scored some great waves. This is a shot of Isaac Perloff, an underground guy from Santa Cruz who scored some of the best waves of his life.

Bruce Irons hurt his ankle pretty bad over there and didn’t get to surf as much as he would have liked. Here he is on an early afternoon gem.

Bruce Irons hurt his ankle pretty bad over there and didn’t get to surf as much as he would have liked. Here he is on an early afternoon gem.

Brian Conley, patiently waiting out the back for the wave of his choice.

Brian Conley, patiently waiting out the back for the wave of his choice.

And Brian’s patience sure does pay off.

And Brian’s patience sure does pay off.

Just about everyday the wind would turn onshore around noon, which meant less barrel riding and more ripping. Cory Lopez, here, boosting for the locals.

Just about everyday the wind would turn onshore around noon, which meant less barrel riding and more ripping. Cory Lopez, here, boosting for the locals.

Every barrel Oliver Kurtz has gotten in his life went down on this trip.

Every barrel Oliver Kurtz has gotten in his life went down on this trip.

Pick a peak and it’s all yours.

Pick a peak and it’s all yours.

Cory leaping for the exit on a foamy one.

Cory leaping for the exit on a foamy one.

Dylan Southworth is one of the best surfers out of Mexico. He has such a positive energy, which makes him a great person to shoot with.

Dylan Southworth is one of the best surfers out of Mexico. He has such a positive energy, which makes him a great person to shoot with.

This was our alarm clock every morning.

This was our alarm clock every morning.

This was the craziest floater that I have ever seen in person. Cory was doing some amazing stuff on this trip.

This was the craziest floater that I have ever seen in person. Cory was doing some amazing stuff on this trip.

Hopper Eichstaedt, standing tall.

Hopper Eichstaedt, standing tall.

Getting in the water before the sunrise every morning allowed me to experiment with different shutter speeds.

Getting in the water before the sunrise every morning allowed me to experiment with different shutter speeds.

I know these guys are good looking but the locals were treating them like they were celebrities.

I know these guys are good looking but the locals were treating them like they were celebrities.

The locals were taking late drops all day, showing us visitors how it’s done.

The locals were taking late drops all day, showing us visitors how it’s done.

Oliver Kurtz, getting in touch with the Mexican barrel on the first day of the trip.

Oliver Kurtz, getting in touch with the Mexican barrel on the first day of the trip.

Here is Kyle Buthman, a close friend and someone who helped me hone my craft to get me where I am today.

Here is Kyle Buthman, a close friend and someone who helped me hone my craft to get me where I am today.

Cory Lopez fades into a nice A-frame.

Cory Lopez fades into a nice A-frame.

Oliver Kurtz was doing some next level airs on this trip but still couldn’t impress the locals.

Oliver Kurtz was doing some next level airs on this trip but still couldn’t impress the locals.

A barrel you could fit a car in.

A barrel you could fit a car in.

Cory continues to be innovative with his surfing. It was great to work with him and see him lace some insane maneuvers together.

Cory continues to be innovative with his surfing. It was great to work with him and see him lace some insane maneuvers together.

While the locals eat lunch and break in their new plastic chairs Cory is out front destroying their waves.

While the locals eat lunch and break in their new plastic chairs Cory is out front destroying their waves.

Brian Conley is a man that knows how to ride the barrel.

Brian Conley is a man that knows how to ride the barrel.


 

Baby CobrasCorey:I started working at SURFING Magazine in February and within the first two weeks was sent on my first trip to Australia to cover the Snapper and Bells WT events. In between contests I was able to link up with Pat and Tanner Gudauskas in West Oz and photograph them surfing some really dreamy waves. Everything seemed to fall into place and I ended up spending about 2 months over there shooting photos and having the time of my life.

My second trip was to Brazil to shoot images for the “On Location” issue. I stayed with Thiago “Shrimpy” Camarao and traveled a lot to catch the sites and see as much as we could. We scored some great waves and were able to meet up with some of Brazil’s best surfers along the way. The most interesting thing I noticed about Brazil was the contrasting castes of living. As we drove through Rio we witnessed two pedestrian deaths on the freeway, all while we were in transit to a 14-bedroom mansion. That trip was an eye opener for sure.

So far, my position at SURFING has allowed me to travel to Australia, Brazil, Mainland Mexico, and the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. I have seen some of the most beautiful places in the world and have learned a lot through each culture I have visited. Traveling and photographing some of the best surfers in the world is something that I would have never been able to accomplish if I wasn’t working at SURFING. I feel like I have the best job in the world and have learned through this process that hard work and an appreciation for learning can really pay off.

 

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9 Responses to “Baby Cobras, Young Shooters: Corey Wilson”

  1. Pal falzon says:

    EXCELLENT JOB!!!

  2. isbp says:

    Take me back to Playa Boca de Pascuales

  3. Ryan Foley says:

    nice job corey

  4. sanchez says:

    This guy is a senior staff photographer ? No wonder surfing is going down the drains. Bring back Flindt, Aichner, and Troyer, then you will see some nice documentary style images from a well rounded eye. This looks like a second graders coloring book.

  5. Corey says:

    @sanchez. There are certain images that the photo editor saves for print and certain images that he saves for online. The Best photos from a trip go to print. The others that don’t make it to print get run online. I would love to send you some photos from this trip and and get a real critique from you instead of “This looks like a second graders coloring book”. whats your email?

  6. sanchez says:

    Post a link so we can download your “RAW” images and we can all take a look at how your shooting is coming along…

  7. Dan says:

    @sanchez do you do anything worthwhile that makes you an able and respectable critic?

  8. Joaquin Muñoz says:

    Corey,you’re killing it and making SC proud as another top staff photographer. Your attitude, approach, and thoughts toward the subject show in the compositions. Just keep progressing, staying humble, and doing what you live and it will continue to reflect in your work. Ignore the haters, they’re a dime a dozen…

  9. Scarlett Turfler says:

    Corey, I love your work and you are a huge inspiration to me! I’m buying a new camera and lens next month and then I’m going to the vans us open to take some pictures of surfers! I really want to work for surfer magazine when I’m older and I was wondering what are some things that I could do to make that goal come true?

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