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Rebecca Law was born in Cambridge, New Zealand in 1985, and grew up on the shores of Lake Karapiro, Wake boarding and Wake surfing. Board sports have played a major role in the way she grew up from a young age and have defined big moments in her life. She competed in Snowboarding and Wake boarding through her high school years, then went on to become a snowboard instructor at Mount Hutt. She then coached Wake boarding and drove boats at a private lake in London.
Bex learnt to surf while living in Mount Maunganui and a creative flare and outgoing personality got her a job as a photographer for a local newspaper, she did a lot of freelance photography work before completing a Bachelor of media arts at the Waikato Institute of technology with a double major in graphic design and photography.
Now living in Mangawhai Heads, she's connected her passion for the ocean and surfing with her creative love of photography and developed her website to showcase her work. Every week she spends her early mornings surfing, and photographing the local lifestyle and sunrises, each week the best photos go out to a subscriber based email. Her favorite thing to do is go on a mission at sunrise and shoot a bunch of mates surfing as the sun comes up from in the water.
How did you get into photography?
During my years at school, I spent a lot of time in the darkroom and the art studios. I was part of the school snowboarding team so we spent weekends at the mountain, that's where my love for action sports photography started. Ive had a camera on me ever since.
What is the best thing about Mangawhai and Northland?
Northland is the warmest part of the country, winter is pretty mild, the ocean is as clear as it gets. There is lots of surf breaks along the coastline, so there is always some where to surf. The sea life is vibrant, I see the dolphins regularly and Orca come in to the estuary every now and then to feed on stingray. There's great boating and fishing. It has a cool beach town vibe, and there's always some to take photos of.
When did you start surfing? fav. board?
I grew up on Lake Karapiro so I did alot of wakeboarding growing up. It wasn't really until my late teens when I meet my husband that I learnt to surf, he taught on my dads old Blue Spirit Single Fin, I remember catching my first unbroken wave at Opito Bay, after that I was hooked! That board has prime spot in my lounge now and my favorite board to ride is my 9'1 Tolhurst Tuflite.
If you were going to make dinner for Wendy Botha, what would you make?
Fresh snapper, crayfish cooked on the BBQ with garlic butter, shell fried scallops, and you always need sausages and plenty of salad.
Whats for the future?
Ultimately I'm targeting working with a company where I can combine my photography and design with my love for board sports, surfing, water and the ocean. And turn my photography into a full time career.
I'm dabbling with film at the moment, and would love to make a short film based around my passion for longboarding. Short term I'm going to compete in the Hyundai NZ Longboard tour this summer.
Anything else you would like to add?
I love your website and what you do, it inspires me and it must inspire others... I've entered a ROXY video competition and have made it though to the top 25, so now Ive submitted another video which is live for voting till the morning of the 12th june. You can vote once a day, I'm the only kiwi girl in the finals. Its an amazing competition, the winner from each region is sponsored by Roxy and they do media correspondence from a surf comp in France and another location.
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