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Kelly Slater, Costa Rica Back Den 006

Kelly Slater photographed by Mark Oblow for what youth surfing
03.03.14 – TAGS: ,

PHOTO: Mark Oblow

Editor’s Note: As we’ve stressed before: Oblow’s range shows no limit. Beckham and Slater. To the back alleys with the punkest of punk. He gets it done and doesn’t miss a step. Today, a rare candid moment off the clock with Kelly. (Be sure to check out our interview with Kelly in Issue 3, it was conducted by a fine journalist bye the name of Dane Reynolds — who coincidently hates capital letters as well. Go figure.) —Travis

Mark Oblow: this photo is of the best surfer to ever live: kelly slater — or as i like to call him “the champ” and he likes to call me “diablo” or “oblow escobar.” i had the opportunity to become friends with him from all the years i shot him for quiksilver.

this photo was in costa rica, after i had just had the worst food poisoning the day before and had to stop the shoot — and who of all people to show up at my door with medicine but the champ.

this was shot with 35 millimeter film on a contax.

To see more of Oblow’s incredible archive, check out his website, tumblr and Instagram: @markoblow

Ed templeton and Deanna Templeton photographed by Mark Oblow what youth skateboarding

Deanna and Ed Templeton, Vancouver Back Den 007

This is a photo of Deanna and Ed Templeton. Both great artists. Both great photographers. Both great people.

Kelly Slater photographed by Mark Oblow for what youth surfing

Kelly Slater, Costa Rica Back Den 006

This photo is of the best surfer to ever live.

Geoff Rowley photographed by Mark Oblow on What Youth skateboarding

Geoff Rowley, Los Angeles Back Den 005

Geoff Rowley was being mobbed by kids asking for his autograph at the X games in LA.

bruce Irons and Sonny Miller photographed by Mark Oblow

Bruce Irons and Sonny Miller, France, 2001 Back Den 004

These colors taste like music.

Arto Sarri Photographed by Mark Oblow

Arto Saari, 2003 Back Den 003

This was the first time I shot Arto. Dylan Rieder and I went to meet him right after he got on Quiksilver.

Dane Reynolds photographed by Mark Oblow

Dane Reynolds, Laguna Beach, 2004 Back Den 002

I think it was the first time I had shot with Dane. He was very quiet, and not too stoked to be getting shot actually.

Nathan Fletcher and Jason Dill Photo by Mark Oblow

Nathan Fletcher and Jason Dill, Palm Springs, 2000 Back Den 001

I remember this was the hotel Robert Downey JR. was at when he got busted for drugs back in the day.

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