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New Media and Photography

Phone: +61 * **** ****  HQ Phone
Local Address: Pacifica, California, United States
Billabong SA
1 Pl
Burleigh Heads, Queensland 4220
Australia

Company Description: Billabong International Limited is engaged in the wholesaling and retailing of surf, skate and snow apparel and accessories, and the licensing of the Company’s...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Big Wave Guys
    Mavsurfer
  • Mail Room Clerk
    Mavsurfer
  • Lifeguard
    Mavsurfer
  • Photojournalist
    ESPN Inc
  • Staff Photographer
    Surfer Magazine
  • Lead Photographer and Designer
    Frank Quirarte Photography and New Media
  • Rescue Boat Operator
    Mavericks Rescue
  • Top Course Marshal
    Alladio
  • Magazines Senior Photographer
    Surfing
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... by Frank Quirarte, a ...
pacifica.patch.com, 1 Jan 2013 [cached]
... by Frank Quirarte, a born-and-raised Pacifican, who's been surfing since the 1970s, is the co-founder of MavSurfer.com, a photographer and writer and a member of the Mavericks Rescue Team, click here and Facebook here.
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This year's lineup includes not only a culmination of images from Award-winning photographers Frank Quirarte, Doug Acton, Seth Migdail, Ed Grant and Art Gimbel but a multimedia slide show and a video recap of the 2010 Mavericks Surf Contest, one of the greatest days in surfing history.
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"We're coming off one of the most phenomenal big-wave seasons to date," said Quirarte, the longtime Mavericks lifeguard and master lensman.
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Stay stoked, Frank
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Frank Quirarte
About Frank Quirarte photography |
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Frank Quirarte, Water Patrol, Mavericks Surf Contest 2010 photo by Doug Acton
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Frank Quirarte, was born and raised in the Northern California coastal town of Pacifica. Frank started surfing and diving in the early seventies and developed a deep love for the ocean. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and started what would be a six-and-a-half year commitment which included tours of Desert Storm and Operation Just Cause over Granada.
As a reservist, he fought the fires in San Francisco's Marina District during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake which devastated the San Francisco Bay Area. Frank then utilized his Air Force training during a nine-year stint with Delta Airlines as a mechanic.
Somewhere around 1996, Frank and his cousin, MavSurfer.com co-founder Jeff Nagy, were introduced to an Apple II computer by Jeff's dad.
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Around that same time, Frank resigned from the airlines to help Jeff Clark put together a Personal Watercraft rescue team at Maverick's and pursue a life in the surf industry.
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Frank spent the summer of 1997 honing his PWC rescue techniques as Alladio's top course marshal in the dangerous, high-paced world of Jet Ski racing. Shawn then trained Frank as one of her top rescue boat instructors.
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Soon thereafter, Quiksilver hired Quirarte to run the water-safety team for what would be the first contest at Mavericks. Dubbed the Quiksilver Maverick's Men Who Ride Mountains. With his experience as a lifeguard and many hours on a Jet Ski, it made perfect sense. The first contest was held in 1999 and was a great success. Frank went on to assist organizers with the rest of the contests held and was Water Operations Director for one of the Biggest Paddle In Contest ever held (anywhere) in 2010.
But what about photography? In order for users to return back to MavSurfer.com, they needed photos and video clips. Obtaining shots from the few photographers out at Mavs seemed next to impossible. So Frank borrowed Clark's camera and started shooting his own photos.
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Frank then hopped aboard Clark's Zodiac, a primitive craft by modern standards. After a season or two of close calls and harrowing conditions on the ailing Zodiac, he began depending on the more reliable PWC.
Quirarte started working with Grant Washburn and Lili Schad on the their surf documentary, "Maverick's," providing water and graphic design support.
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After a few hundred bad rolls of film and some invaluable tutelage from world-class surfing photographers Vern Fisher, Don Montgomery and Doug Acton - along with noted magazine photo editor's Larry (Flame) Moore and Rob Gilley - Quirarte started taking some amazing shots of his own.
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In the summer of 2005, representing the Mavericks Rescue Team along with Bill Sharp and Matt George of Surf Zone Relief and Shawn Alladio of K38, Frank volunteered to utilize his rescue-boat skills in the hardest-hit parts of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
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Showing no signs of slowing down, Frank will continue to provide us with some of the most amazing stories and images to come out of the world's most dangerous wave.
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Frank Quirarte Photography Landscape Photography
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by frank on Apr.22, 2002, under Frank Quirarte, Mavsurfer@Mavericks
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Quirarte is a mainstay at Mavericks the legendary Big Wave spot located just North of Half Moon Bay. He works double duty shooting photos as Surfing Magazines Senior Photographer and also uses his PWC to pluck out surfers who have run into trouble. Quirarte uses a PWC (Jetski type watercraft) to get close to the giant waves that tower seventy to eighty feet. He was a perfect choice, stated Bill Sharp Odyssey Organizer. We need people who can survive in these extreme conditions. There are only a couple of people in the world with the training and experience to pull this off and Quirarte has proven this year after year in giant surf out at Mavericks.
I cant believe I was picked, said Quirarte. This is an experience of a lifetime. With the level of talent that have been selected to surf and the destinations we will visit, I believe the hundred foot wave might be ridden.
Quirarte and the Odyssey team have already been to the giant waves of the Oregon/Washington coast, Todos Santos Mexico, France, Spain and are on there way to Tahiti and Australia. The three-year expedition is being filmed by ArenaPlex a Hollywood film crew and is scheduled for release after its completion.
Quirartes photos have been on the covers of many major publications worldwide including Time Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Forbes, The LA Times, SF Chronicle, Surfer, Surfing, Fluir and the Surfers Journal. He is on staff at fifteen surfing publications worldwide. Quirarte has also made quite a name for himself as the creator/publisher of Mavsurfer.com a website dedicated to big wave surfing that is visited by millions of people every year. He is also credited with two popular Mavericks films that he directed, Year of the Drag-In and Return of the Drag-In.
Quirarte was born in San Francisco and grew up in Pacifica California. Left for the Air force after high school and ended up deploying to Operation Desert Storm. His unit was called into the San Francisco earthquake zone to fight the fires and he flew with Operation Just Cause over Panama. He has worked as a lifeguard/rescue boat operator/Instructor for the last seven years on the PWC Pro racing circuit (IJSBA), numerous triathlon and endurance events as well as Mavericks. He has ended up back home to live and surf on the coastside he knew so well.
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Stay stoked, Frank
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Frank Quirarte
:: Billabong XXL ::
xxl03.billabong.com, 22 Nov 2003 [cached]
XXL winner from last year Mike Parsons was given the inaugural Jay Moriarty "Outstanding Performance" Award, and Billabong Odyssey photographer Frank Quirarte shot the 2002 XXL winner Carlos Burle's wave, earning $5,000 for his efforts.
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