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INTRO - We first started working with Bryan in 2008 when he started sending us some fresh and exciting perspectives of the action going on daily in Cape Hatteras. Clearly a top rider himself, it was obvious from the start that he builds up a great rapport with riders, so much so, that he was the official photographer for the 2009 Triple S contest in June, providing fantastic visuals for our report in issue #40. Click herefor more on that issue.

Bryan is also a Marketing / Media Manager at Real Kiteboarding. Catch up with him at Real here

Andre Phillip stalls on a barrel in the Pamlico Sound of Cape Hatteras, NC. Dre hung out in Cape Hatteras for a while last year after the Triple-S Invitational. Kevin Steen and Dre were pushing each other trying to figure out what is possible with a barre 
Andre Phillip stalls on a barrel in the Pamlico Sound of Cape Hatteras, NC. Dre hung out in Cape Hatteras for a while last year after the Triple-S Invitational. Kevin Steen and Dre were pushing each other trying to figure out what is possible with a barre
Aaron Sales takes a slash in the Utah back country. We scored a couple great days out west where the scenery was spectacular and the wind was cranking. There is nothing like a good slash session after a great day of snowkiting 
Aaron Sales takes a slash in the Utah back country. We scored a couple great days out west where the scenery was spectacular and the wind was cranking. There is nothing like a good slash session after a great day of snowkiting
Jason Slezak rides through the clear waters of the BVIs during the REAL BVI09 Trip. A great week of kiteboarding, surfing and parties, the REAL BVI trip is one I?ll not soon forget 
Jason Slezak rides through the clear waters of the BVIs during the REAL BVI09 Trip. A great week of kiteboarding, surfing and parties, the REAL BVI trip is one I?ll not soon forget
A horizon-less morning in Cape Hatteras, NC. After a small but fun and glassy dawn patrol, I took a quick look over to the sound and noticed it was near but impossible to find the horizon 
A horizon-less morning in Cape Hatteras, NC. After a small but fun and glassy dawn patrol, I took a quick look over to the sound and noticed it was near but impossible to find the horizon
Bryan Elkus with his personal kiteboarding arsenal at Real 
Bryan Elkus with his personal kiteboarding arsenal at Real
A storm rolls over The Slick in Cape Hatteras, NC. Every now and again the blue skies give way to spectacular storms that quickly roll through the area 
A storm rolls over The Slick in Cape Hatteras, NC. Every now and again the blue skies give way to spectacular storms that quickly roll through the area
The Frisco Pier standing strong in the night sky. After a day of kiting with some friends in Frisco we headed out after dark to cruise down the beach. The pier still holding strong after all the east coast storms 
The Frisco Pier standing strong in the night sky. After a day of kiting with some friends in Frisco we headed out after dark to cruise down the beach. The pier still holding strong after all the east coast storms
Matt Nuzzo and Trip Forman pose in front of the REAL Flagship Store in Waves, NC. This was one of the more fun portrait shoots I have ever done. It was freezing cold and we were all having a blast 
Matt Nuzzo and Trip Forman pose in front of the REAL Flagship Store in Waves, NC. This was one of the more fun portrait shoots I have ever done. It was freezing cold and we were all having a blast
Jason Slezak scores a flawless sunset session in The Slick. Slezy getting some water time for a perfect solo sunset session 
Jason Slezak scores a flawless sunset session in The Slick. Slezy getting some water time for a perfect solo sunset session
An unknown rider airs out in the dimming light of Maui. We were just driving down the highway on our way home from a long day of riding. We pulled the car over and I took a couple shots 
An unknown rider airs out in the dimming light of Maui. We were just driving down the highway on our way home from a long day of riding. We pulled the car over and I took a couple shots
The very classic Cape Hatteras sunset. Cape Hatteras is known for many things: lighthouses, ship wrecks, the Wright Brothers... but its sunsets are some of the best in the world 
The very classic Cape Hatteras sunset. Cape Hatteras is known for many things: lighthouses, ship wrecks, the Wright Brothers... but its sunsets are some of the best in the world
A view of the REAL dock at dusk. After a long day of glassy surf, we came back to REAL to have a drink at Mojo?s Sunset Café to watch the sunset. The glow of the sunset resonated for hours after the sun went down 
A view of the REAL dock at dusk. After a long day of glassy surf, we came back to REAL to have a drink at Mojo?s Sunset Café to watch the sunset. The glow of the sunset resonated for hours after the sun went down
A near perfect SW sunset session in Cape Hatteras, NC. Being out with your friends for an evening session with an explosive sunset is what Cape Hatteras is all about 
A near perfect SW sunset session in Cape Hatteras, NC. Being out with your friends for an evening session with an explosive sunset is what Cape Hatteras is all about
REAL team rider, Brandon Scheid, tweaks out a Nuke Glide in The Slick. This is a pretty standard day in the slick - blue skies, SW winds and lots of powered riding 
REAL team rider, Brandon Scheid, tweaks out a Nuke Glide in The Slick. This is a pretty standard day in the slick - blue skies, SW winds and lots of powered riding

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in West Bloomfield, MI

Where do you live?
I currently reside in beautiful Cape Hatteras, NC

How old are you?
24

What was your first camera?
My first camera was a Canon 35mm
What is your current camera set-up?
I use Canon 40Ds, Pocket Wizards, Vivitar Strobes, SPL water housing with fisheye and 16-35mm ports, 10-17mm Tokina lens, 17-55mm Canon, 70-200mm Canon, MacBook Pro.

How did you get into photography?

My dad and grandpa got me into photography early, as they are extremely good photographers themselves. I took a class in high school, which gave me an excuse to shoot more, and I really enjoyed my time in the darkroom. As the price of film continued to rise, I sadly started to taper off my shooting. It wasn't until I was able to dive into a digital setup many years later that I really got back into photography. It's good to be back!
When did you become a professional photographer?
I started shooting kiteboarding as soon as I started kiting back in Michigan with the Great Lakes kiteboarding crew. My friends and I were all about trying to get fun shots to show all our non-kiting friends what could be done behind a kite. Although, someone should have stopped us because we really didn't know what we were doing then and we have the pictures to prove it! Now, being at REAL, I have the opportunity to meet up and work with the best riders in the world when they all come to Cape Hatteras, NC.
When did you get into shooting kiting and how did it come about?
I started shooting kiting when we decided to start a kitesurfing magazine in SA. My first shoot was with Sebastian Cattelan; you can just guess how that ended up! The first thing he asked me was if my lens was big enough and if I would be able to keep up with him. This was when he was still doing freestyle and was full of attitude. Since then we have become very good mates and he helps me out a lot. He is a great rider!

Can you remember the first shot you got published?

The first image I had published ran in the local paper, and it also turned out to be the cover of MidWest What! a snowboarding documentary I helped a couple buddies in Michigan create.
Which is your favourite shot ever?
That is a very tough question. I really couldn't give you a favorite. Each image holds its own story that reminds me of an event, feeling or time, so it's difficult to pick out my best image (and plus it really wouldn't be fair to all the other images in my library!).
Who is your favourite rider to shoot with and why?
Any of the REAL team riders! As the REAL Team Manager, Jason Slezak has done a great job passing along his knowledge and teaching the newer riders on how to ride for a camera. It makes everyone's job much easier when we have to get a specific shot.

Where is your favourite place to shoot and why?

Cape Hatteras is the best of the best. I love shooting here as it really pushes you to not solely rely on the backgrounds to enhance the action shots. There is a great variety of riding locations here. We have the best flat water at the REAL Slick, the best waves the east coast has to offer and an abundance of windy blue-sky days.

Where is the most terrifying place you've ever shot?

There were a couple places I shot in the water in Maui that have never really sat well with me.

Do you have any advice for aspiring kiting photographers?

Shoot something everyday. Whether it be kiting or a blade of grass in your backyard take a picture every day, you'll soon start to see a difference.

See more of Bryan's work at: www.bryanelkus.com or go get yourself shot by him at: www.realwatersports.com !!

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Added: 2009-07-13

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