My local beach is Bethells Beach on the west coast of Auckland, and it's a wild beach, full of rips and massive waves.
Every summer there are volunteer surf lifesavers that patrol the beach on the weekends, and full-time surf lifeguards that patrol during the week.
I contacted the Bethells Beach patrol and also Surf Life Saving New Zealand, to ask if I could approach some of the lifeguards about taking their portraits for my sports photography portfolio.
These 3 guys, Mark, Hamish and Miles, are some of the full-time lifeguards that graciously allowed me to pose them and take their photos!
(Photos used with permission by Surf Life Saving New Zealand)