If you have a Facebook account, been to Club Vass or a major windsurfing competition recently, you may have seen the Globalshots logo. In fact, their viral sticker campaign seems to be spreading all over the place – I recently saw a sticker on a urinal in a pub!
Boardseeker caught up with Jay Haysey, the Globalshots leader to find out what it’s all about:
So, what exactly is Globalshots?
I started the name Globalshots back in 2006, when I wanted to merge my passion for photography and windsurfing. It became a simple one man band photography company specialising in extreme sports and in particular windsurfing.
5 years on and it is no longer a hobby but a full time job. We have now expanded into new social media marketing, sports management, monster parties and of course our new incredibly unique clothing line. The photography, of course, is still the main driving force behind Globalshots..
Who is involved now?
We have now built a great team of Globalshots athletes who are doing a tremendous job. We signed World Freestyle Champion, Steven Van Broeckhoven in May at the Austria PWA event and have a bunch of top riders who have been with Globalshots from the start. We are also building a program called Globalshots reporters who are each unique, show a keen interest in extreme sports photography and are happy to get out there and mix with the best.
When did this all start up?
For me Globalshots really took off during the summer of 2010. I secured a photography contract with Club Vass - I photographed the guests on a daily basis and then together we produced the Club Vass 2011 brochure. Since then I have had assignments from NeilPryde and Starboard in Maui, Tushingham Sails in Egypt, 2 Elements windsurf and kitesurf school in St Lucia. I have also worked with Boards Magazine on a number of projects.
How do you differ to other windsurfing photographers?
I have windsurfed from a young age, some of my friends are the best windsurfers in the world so I have gained valuable experience and am able to predict when a good image will be captured. Like photographing any sport, if you know it well, it’s easier and you can spend more time working on different angles with a pretty good idea of what it will look like.
What camera equipment do you use?
I use all Canon equipment. In the water, I use a Canon 30D, SPL water housing with fisheye port or 24mm - 70mm port and a flash attachment. For everything else I use the canon 1D MK4 (probably the best sports camera on the market) with a selection of canon lens from 15mm to 400mm.
For video I also use my Canon 1D – insane HD quality. I also get some great angles using a GoPro.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have a contract with Club Vass to handle their social marketing through the winter and am supporting a number of the UK windsurf events that the Student Windsurf Association and BWA put on. I am working on some new promotional videos for some of our athletes and a new project called 'GlobalCoaching’.... We are also very keen to push Globalshots into the snow and work on a larger clothing line. A lot is planned so we're going to be busy!