Slater Trout | Northern Water Project | An SUP Picture Book
Slater Trout is one ambitious dude. He’s spent his young career steadily climbing into the upper echelon of standup paddling, making the podium at the Battle of the Paddle six times (including a second-place finish in 2014), competing for the US team at the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships and progressing the sport and image of SUP through free-paddling. Along the way, he’s won over the hearts of teenage girls, fellow athletes and paddling fans alike, as evidenced by the whopping 55,000+ followers he hosts on Instagram. But beyond the glamor and glory of Slater’s professional SUP career, the guy’s as keen behind a lens as he is behind a paddle. He’s a gifted photographer, and now, after compiling imagery from his recent paddling trip to Iceland with friend and contributing wordsmith Connor Davidge, he’s self-publishing his very own photo book, Northern Waters.
You know the feelings of pity, embarrassment and disapproval you get when one of your favorite athletes (unsuccessfully) tries their hand at an artistic endeavor? Like Shaq trying to rap, or Laird Hamilton trying to act? None of those feelings arise with Slater’s pursuit of photography. The imagery in this book is compelling, moving and awe-striking to say the least. His eye is tasteful and intuitive. His subjects, graceful and provocative. In fact, we loved the shot above so much, we gave it a full spread in our special issue, the 2015 Gear Guide. That same shot made the cover of Slater’s book.
The shots below aren’t in our magazine, but they are in Slater’s book, which he hopes to mass publish upon the successful completion of his fundraising campaign. Check out Slater’s Kickstarter page to learn more about the book, secure yourself an order and support his self-publishing efforts. It’s a coffee table piece any paddler could proudly flaunt.
Don’t miss our feature story all about Slater Trout in SUP’s Fall issue, on newsstands September 4th!
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