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SURF PHOTOGRAPHY

Capturing the dynamic between surfer and wave has always been a natural subject for photography. It wasn’t soon after surfing started becoming popular on the Mainland that surf visionary Tom Blake was wedging his Graflex into a homemade watertight wooden box and paddling out. In the intervening years, as waveriding has evolved, so too has surf photography. Yet, while the act of shooting has fundamentally changed with advances in water housing technology and the seismic transition from analog to digital, the hallmarks of a truly great surf photographer remain: a fantastic feel for composition, a technician’s eye for detail, and a razor-sharp instinct for “the Moment.” It is our honor to present these superlative photographers and their images.

brian bielmannbrian bielmann

Congenial and outgoing, Brian has been one of surfing’s most prominent lensman. Based on the North Shore, he has an artist’s eye for composition and arrangement…

 

 

 

matthew clark indexmatthew clark

Thirsty for viewers to spend time with his art and observe what is taking place in the scene, Matthew's photographs often include that which you can only see if you truly look...

 

riley cooneyriley cooney

Born in Encinitas, California, Riley currently bases himself out of Santa Barbara (with an annual trek to the North Shore). However, the majority of Riley’s time is spent traveling...

cuddytyler cuddy

Raised in La Jolla, California, Tyler Cuddy’s inclination toward change has manifested itself throughout his photographic career. His pull toward the kinetic...

 

sean daveysean davey

Hawaii is the adopted home of Sean Davey, widely respected as one of the world’s top surf photographers. Sean is a surf specialist but his unique photographic style is reflected in every shot he takes...

ben decampben decamp
While taking photos Ben has been tear gassed, attacked by a dog, and has had numerous near drowning experiences and reef lacerations....

 

steve fitzpatricksteve fitzpatrick

After picking up surfing at the end of grade school, his first attempts at surf photography came in response to incredulous classmates who didn't believe Steve’s tales of September dawn patrols littered with perfect barrels...

thor jonssonthor jonsson

Of Swedish parentage, Thor Jonsson was born in Paris in 1976. After completing training as a carpenter, Thor traveled extensively for a number of years, making a living as a dive master...

 

josh kimballjosh kimball

Josh’s interest in photography began with a relatively cheap camera and a completely open mind. After his first photos were published four years ago, the hobby became a full-blown...

nick lavecchianick lavecchia

The Maine coast is renowned for its raw physical beauty, but frequent flatspells and brutal weather nine months of the year offer scant photo ops that don't involve lobster boats...

 

white tnbryce lowe-white

"Bryce Lowe-White is a photographer and filmmaker from Los Angeles, California. Before he even waxed up his first surfboard, 10-year-old Bryce was already on the beach photographing ...

grant myrdaljamie scott

Lensman Jamie Scott grew up in the town of Dunsborough, Western Australia, and now resides a thirty-minute drive south near the rich wave fields of Margaret River. He has been...

 

grant rohloff soularchbutchhaleiwamain lggrant rohloff

Time has only burnished these images of a bygone day when the idea that you could build a lifestyle around surfing was just in its glorious birth...

 

dalton portelladalton portella

Dalton Portella has been drawing and painting most of his life, starting in Miami taking art classes on weekends as a young boy. His formal education includes a degree in art from...

 

david.puudavid pu'u

David Pu'u was raised in Santa Barbara, California. In 1996, after a twenty year career in the surf industry, Pu’u terminated his role as a corporate CEO in favor of pursuing his passion...

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Big waves, epic swells, and stunning photography are the main reasons why Tó Mané has made a name for himself in the world of surfing....

 


 

   
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