Clark Little was born in Napa, California in 1968. Two years later, a move to the North Shore of Oahu (Hawaii) dramatically changed his future. In the 80’s and 90’s he made his name as a pioneer of surfing at the Waimea Bay shorebreak. Clark had a unique talent for taking off on hopeless closeout shorebreak waves and surviving in one piece. In 2007, Clark discovered his ability and passion to capture the extraordinary beauty of the shorebreak when his wife asked him for a picture of the ocean to decorate a bedroom wall. With the confidence of an experienced surfer, Clark jumped in the ocean, and started snapping away, recording the beauty and power of Hawaiian waves. “Clark’s view” is a unique and often dangerous perspective of waves from the inside out, captured in photos for all to enjoy from the safety of dry land.
In just four years, Clark has gained national and international recognition for his North Shore shorebreak wave photography with appearances on television shows Good Morning America, Inside Edition, The Today Show, and ABC World News Now.
Clark’s work has been published with National Geographic, Paris Match, Sierra Magazine, Stern-View, Geo, Geo International, Nature’s Best Photography, Nikon World, Rangefinder, Photo Life, Surfer’s Path, Surfer’s Journal, Surfer Magazine, Hana Hou (Hawaiian Airlines) among others.
Commercial and advertising clients include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hurley International / Nike, Hyatt Hotels, Lockheed Martin, Nikon, Verizon among others.
In November 2009, Clark published his 182-page debut art book, The Shorebreak Art of Clark Little. Then in August 2010, Clark opened his first gallery in Laguna Beach, California. A second gallery was open six months later in his hometown of Haleiwa, Hawaii just down the road from many of the North Shore beaches featured in his photography. Click here for gallery hours and contact information.
Achievements this year included the 2010 Oceans Photography Award from Nature’s Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards. Two award winning images will be exhibited at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC from April – September 2011.