Surf Photographers

Passionate surfers

 The “Line up” artists

A compilation of 75 photos taken by 37 photographers around the world. Regardless of their age, where they come from, their technique, whether they surf or not, they share the same passion for waves and coastlines. They excel at capturing the light, the colours, the texture of the ocean. A surfer dancing on the wave is their cue to turn their lens towards the line up. As every hunter, a surf photographer is an adventurer, committed to his quest of new territories, new spots and new photos.
This is their work.

Ricardo Bravo

Ricardo Bravo

Bodyboarder, bodysurfer and photographer for life.
Born in Lisbon in 1975, married and father of two girls, lives in Paço de Arcos, a small village 20 minutes from Lisbon and 5 minutes from Carcavelos beach break.

Has been into surf photography for 25 years, but has an extensive portfolio in other areas of photography like architecture, portrait, events and studio.

Website : www.ricardobravo.pt
Instagram : @ricarbravo
Facebook : @RicardoBravoFotografia
Contact : ricardobravosantos@gmail.com

Scott Bauer

Scott Bauer

Scott Bauer – Born in North Western Australia’s desert region, raised on a diet of surf and freediving. Scott splits his time between Margaret River in the Southewestern Australia in Summer and in the Northwest in winter.
Instagram : @scottbauerphoto
Facebook : @scott-bauer-photography
Youtube : Scotty_Bauer
Contact : scottbauerphoto@gmail.com
Andrew Shield

Andrew Shield

I’ve been a full time Professional Surf Photographer since 1998.  I spent 12 years as Senior Staff photographer at Surfing Life Magazine  and live on the Gold Coast Australia.  Still shooting photos here at home whenever the waves are good.  

I’ve travelled all over the World but the Gold Coast still has some of the best set ups for shooting lineups. Even with the crowds.

Website : www.andrewshield.com.au
Instagram : @andrewshield
Contact : agjshield@gmail.com

Jeremiah Klein

Jeremiah Klein

Jeremiah Klein started taking surf photos in 1999 with his Canon 630 film camera and fisheye lens attached to a water housing. His biggest joy as a surf photographer is capturing artistic moments in the ocean and his images have been celebrated around the world in print and digital media. He is currently working as senior staff photographer of Surfline.com and Vissla clothing brand.

Instagram : @miahklein
Contact : kleinboogiephoto@yahoo.com

Roger Marsh – Sharp

Roger Marsh – Sharp

Roger Sharp is a British surf photographer and journalist that’s been shooting around the world since the days of film in the ‘90s. He’s edited SurfEurope and the UK’s leading magazine Carve and contributed to most of the worlds surf magazines. Whilst stills photos and great lineup shots are still a passion he’s more likely to be found filming moving images of surfing these day.

Website : rogersmarsh.uk
Instagram : @sharpysurf
Contact : sharpy@mac.com

Damien Poullenot

Damien Poullenot

“He is without a doubt one of the most gifted photographers of his generation. In 18 years of practice, and thanks to a particularly intense production which made him cover the major European and international WSL competitions and travel the world from Hawaii to China, from Indonesia to the French overseas departments and territories, Damien Poullenot has succeeded to grasp the essentials of surf culture and more particularly to sublimate the masterful scenes that are played out in the ocean, focusing on aquatic photography. The noblest art of the profession which he has made his specialty.

Former accomplished bodyboarder, enthusiast of surfing or stand-up paddleboarding, his knowledge of the waves and his love of the ocean, coupled with a deep human and creative sensitivity, will have revealed more than the profile of a gifted entrepreneur, but beautiful. and indeed the face of an artist.”
Julien Roulland, editor-in-chief of Surf Session Magazine

Website : damien-poullenot.fr
Instagram : @damien_poullenot
Contact : damspoullenot@yahoo.fr

Woody Woodworth

Woody Woodworth

I was born in 1952 and moved to Orange County California in 1960 and eventually to Newport Beach in 1965. Once exposed to riding waves I was addicted. During the early emergence of Surfer Magazine I was inspired to pick up a camera which led to my first published article in 1974.

That ignited a near 50 year obsession with photographing the beauty of the surfing lifestyle and 35 years of travel in search of waves. I became a self publisher selling several hundred thousand Posters, Prints, Large Custom Photo Art, Cards and Tee-Shirts. My photos have been printed in all the top surfing magazines and through international stock photography agencies in over 40 countries for all types of commercial applications.

Instagram : @woodywaveswoodworth
Contact : woodypuerto@yahoo.com

Joli

Joli

Peter ‘Joli’ Wilson – My initial interest in photography came from my Grandfather Wilson, a successful amateur filmmaker and photographer. At the age of 14 I processed my first roll of B&W film with an image of me holding my first surf board. I just found the 1964 receipt of this board purchase signed by Vic Tantau who is an Australian surfing pioneer in Torquay, Victoria, Australia. My very first surfing shot published in a Magazine was Narrabeen’s Col Smith at the 1972 Bells Beach Easter Surfing Contest.

In the mid 1970s I was an Assistant Photographer to a German Photographer, a perfectionist, in charge of Australian Army Technology Division. I did not shoot a single frame in my first 2 years but I did learn all about studio work, lighting, flash, B&W processing and printing. He told me that if I wanted to be a Photographer it had to be for ‘love’ not ‘money’! I pursued my professional photography career working at Backdoor Surfing Magazine with the RipCurl Founders and Filmmakers Dick Hoole & Jack McCoy; Head of Photography Department at Deakin University Victoria; Advertising and Promotions Manager for Surf-wear giant Quiksilver, Torquay, Australia.

In 1989 I went Freelance with my wife Jan and we created our Company Joli Productions, with the spelling having a slight French twist on my Mother’s maiden name Jolly.

My youthful enthusiasm turned into a lifelong passion. ‘Joli’ photos has appeared in countless Magazines, Websites, Books, Films and Documentaries Worldwide with exhibitions in France, Hawaii, Brazil and Australia winning numerous awards. In 2009 and 2013 Joli won the Australian Surfing Awards Nikon Surf Photo of the Year.

Over the last 3 decades we have travelled the Globe capturing the world’s oceans, landscapes, beaches, surfing action, cultures and lifestyles creating one of the most extensive surfing photographic archives in the world.

Website : http://joli.photoshelter.com / www.joliphotos.com
Instagram : @joliphotos
Facebook : Joli Photos
Twitter : @joliphotos
Contact : joli@joliphotos.com

Craig Parry

Craig Parry

Craig Parry is a nature and ocean photographer driven by a passion to connect audiences with the beauty of the natural environment. 

Primarily focused upon marine and landscape imagery, Craig continually seeks to portray the obvious as abstract and capture subjects in engaging and powerful moments – the objective being to instil a respect for and love of the environment and promote conservation.  

Website : www.craigparryphotography.com
Instagram : @craigparryphotography
Facebook : Craig Parry Photography
Contact : info@craigparry.com.au

Yannick Le Toquin

Yannick Le Toquin

Yannick Le Toquin, 44 years old, I have been surfing for 32 years and practicing photography for almost 30 years.

I am a professional photographer, based in Biscarrosse in the Landes. In the world of surfing, I started working with Surf Session magazine in 1999.

I love photographing the line-ups and the moods of black and white spots in particular.

Website : www.yannickletoquinphotos.com
Instagram : @yannickletoquin
Facebook : @YLeToquinphotos
Contact : letoquinyannick@orange.fr

 

Eric Chauché

Eric Chauché

Professional photographer for more than 25 years, he travels the planet to discover waves, cultures and landscapes.
It testifies by the image of these trips, of these memorable and often unique surfing sessions (in Lebanon, Iceland, Morocco, in the lost archipelagos of Indonesia or in Belharra …), always lived in a spirit and a authentic sharing with surfers and people encountered.

These photographs are regularly published in particular in the international surfing press.

On the other hand, he carries out exceptional photographic work on the Basque Country which is the subject of numerous publications and
especially magnificent books from which emerges a real commitment as an Author.

Contact : echauche@wanadoo.fr

John Witzig

John Witzig

John Witzig documented the early days of surfing exploration in his native Australia.

This included the start of what would become known as the shortboard revolution. His archive covers the period from 1964 until the late 1970s.
He was very fortunate that his surfing friends, Nat Young, Bob McTavish, George Greenough and Wayne Lynch became famous.

Website : johnwitzig.com.au
Instagram : @johnwitzig
Contact : john@johnwitzig.com

Ronan Gladu

Ronan Gladu

Ronan is one of the leading Breton photographers for board sports and seascapes. “I’m the dude doing the ‘Lost in the Swell guys’ footage.”

Instagram : @ronan_gladu
Facebook : @ronangladudotcom
Contact : ronangladu@gmail.com

Alan Van Gysen

Alan Van Gysen

Alan Van Gysen is one of the world’s most respected surf photojournalists. With an inextinguishable drive and natural flair he has spent the past twenty years carving his mark into the international scene with his camera focused on his beloved home of Africa. 

Instagram : @alanvangysen
Contact : avgphoto@gmail.com

Jason Childs

Jason Childs

Jason Childs is an Australian based professional photographer for over 30 years. He is a photojournalist. “My signature style and talent is capturing the definitive moment, balanced with my knowledge of light, my images have the sense of the intimate, majestic and the bold. My success derives from my patient single-minded pursuit to capture the definitive moment.” ”
Jason’s lifelong fascination with the ocean has played an important part in keeping his photography in balance.

Jason has has established himself as one of the most valued and prolifically published surf photographers in the sport. Since 1985, his surfing and beach lifestyle photography has stood firmly among the best in the world and have graced the covers of every major surf and beach lifestyle magazine on the globe. Including the prestigious USA publication, Surfer Magazine, where, after decades of covers and features, he still serves as senior photographer.

Website : www.childsphotos.com
Instagram : @childsphotos
Facebook : @Jason Childs photography
Contact : jason@childsphotos.com

JS Callahan

JS Callahan

John Seaton Callahan has been a professional image producer since graduation from UCLA in 1986. He has travelled the world, publishing more than 5 000 pages of editorial and more than 120 international book and magazine cover images.

He currently has a portfolio of 22 000 images available for license on Getty Images.
With The surfEXPLORE Group, John has completed more than 40 projects worldwide, including 18 countries in Africa and two episodes of surfEXPLORE television produced by Puzzle Media en française and broadcast on the France O network.

John is a USA citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident, where he has resided since 2001.

Instagram : @surfexplore
Contact : thesurfexploregroup@gmail.com

Jop Hermans

Jop Hermans

As a photographer I found my focus on the coast.
What I look for is to combine sea and surf as a subject together with landscape photography, cast in an often moody and colourful jacket.
With a minimalistic approach I like to look for quiet moments and empty waves.

Website : www.jophermans.com
Instagram : @jophermans.photography
Facebook : @JopHermans.Photography
Contact : jop.hermans@gmail.com

Laurent Masurel

Laurent Masurel

Professional photographer, official photographer of the Word Surf League and specializing in the production of images of very impressive water sports.
Director of photography for the book “Line up”.
Author of the books “Côte à Côte”, “Bodysurf”.

Instagram : @laurentmasurel
Facebook : @laurent_masurel
Contact : laurentmasurel@wanadoo.fr

Stu Gibson

Stu Gibson

I was born in Tasmania in 1983 I got serious about photography around 2003, although I’ve always loved cameras and filming. It wasn’t until I borrowed a friends Canon EOS 5 that I fell in love with still photography, the quality amazed me!

Shooting on 35mm slide film was a great and expensive test to learn the skills to become a photographer. I Specialise in action shot from the water, surfing and kiteboarding are my passions, aerial stills and video are also a big part of my workload since 2013.

Website : www.stugibson.net
Instagram : @stugibson
Facebook : Stu_Gibson_Photography
Contact : stuart@stugibson.net

 

Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott

I grew up in the little town of Dunsborough, Western Australia (50km north of Margaret River where I reside now).
Ive been shooting for 20 years. I print, matt board and frame all of my own images from my home in Margaret River.
I have won numerous big wave awards including the 2017 WSL Tube of the year photo and 7+ Surfing Life/Oakley Big Wave Awards.

Website : www.jamiescottimages.com
Instagram : @jamiescottimages
Facebook : @jamiescottimages
Contact : wasurfphotos@gmail.com

Kristian Gillies

Kristian Gillies

Kristian Gillies is a Landscape and Wildlife photographer based on Vancouver Island.

Kristian grew up on the East Coast of Australia where he developed a passion for surfing and Marine Biology. After completing his studies in Australia, Kristian moved to Vancouver Island, where he developed a passion for photography.

Combining his passion for surfing, marine biology and photography Kristian now works as a marine biologist, focussing his work on marine mammal conservation. Throughout his work, Kristian is able to spend plenty of time on the water where he is continuing to develop his photography, which he hopes to use as a tool for conservation.

Instagram : @krisjonnes
Facebook : @krisjonnes
Contact : kristiangillies@gmail.com

Ted Grambeau

Ted Grambeau

Ted Grambeau has been a professional Surf, Adventure, Action photographer for over forty years and has explored over one hundred countries.
His Commercial and editorial work has appeared all over the globe for major brands and magazines.Has been a part of all major surf exploration projects from The Search, for Rip Curl. The Crossing, for Quiksilver and The Odyssey for Billabong. Ted has several books to his credit. Currently he focuses on fine art ocean work.

Website : www.tedgrambeauphotography.com
Contact : ted@tedgrambeau.com

Tim Mckenna

Tim Mckenna

World-renowned Extreme sports photographer Tim Mckenna is also famous for his images which reveal Nature in its most magical and intense way. Born in Sydney in 1968, he has traveled the world for more than 30 years, contributing regularly to various specialist magazines as well as to numerous books and campaigns in fields as varied as luxury hotels, Sport wear, Tourism or still the Black Pearl of Tahiti… Today based on the island of Tahiti, he now dedicates part of his time to surrender the certain magic of the Polynesian lands…

Site internet : www.tim-mckenna.com
Instagram : @timmckenna
Facebook : Tim Mckenna Photography 
Guillaume Arrieta

Guillaume Arrieta

Fairly early on, I wanted to immortalize every moment, keep memories, even if it means filling cupboards with them. I see photography as a way to document an era and bring a vision to life.

Born in Bayonne, the Basque country has offered me meetings that have given real direction to everything I have undertaken so far. The last decade has allowed me to collaborate with the biggest surf brands in the world as well as prestigious partners such as the WSL and the French Surf Federation.
I favor emotion and put the human aspect back at the heart of my work.

Website : www.guillaume-arrieta.com
Instagram : @guillaume_arrieta
Facebook : @guillaumearrietaphotographie
Contact : arrietaguillaume@gmail.com

Al Mackinnon

Al Mackinnon

Al spent much of his early career hunting remote cold water surf. Now considered to be a leading surf adventure photographer, he gets to see the sun occasionally (!) and travels with the foremost big wave surfers, in some of the world’s most challenging locales.

Al’s work is regularly published in newspapers, magazines and books worldwide, with his photography for Patagonia, Canon, O’Neill, and other brands well known. He won the XXL Big Wave Award in 2007 (with his iconic photograph of Greg Long at Dungeons, South Africa), and was runner up four years later (with Mark Yazbeck, Waimea Bay, Hawaii). Amongst his many magazine covers globally, he has no less than three on surfing’s most lauded tome, The Surfer’s Journal.

Website : www.almackinnon.com
Instagram : @almackinnon
Facebook : @AlMackinnonPhotography
Contact : al@mackinnon.com

Trevor Murphy

Trevor Murphy

Trevor murphy was born and raised in Cape Cod Massachusetts. Growing up on and around the ocean has embedded a great love for the sea and a strong fondness of the natural world. Trevor tries to share that fondness and passion through his photographs. Trevor Murphy est né et a grandi à Cape Cod dans le Massachusetts. Grandir sur et autour de l’océan a intégré un grand amour pour la mer et un fort attachement au monde naturel. Trevor essaie de partager cette affection et cette passion à travers ses photographies.

Website : tmurphyphotography.smugmug.com
Instagram : @tmurphy_photography
Facebook : @TrevorMurphy
Contact : trevormurphy802@gmail.com

Sylvain Cazenave

Sylvain Cazenave

A true pioneer in France in surf and wave photography, Sylvain Cazenave has planted the foot of his telephoto lens in the sand of all the beaches on the planet. After spending the first years of his life in Africa, In the 1960s, Sylvain moved to Biarritz with his family where he discovered the joys of surfing. As a teenager, he will be part of the French surfing team.

Very quickly, he developed a passion for photography while continuing his studies in economics and English at the Faculty of Bordeaux. In 1976, he left for Tahiti. This is the revelation. He decides to devote his life to the ocean and travel the world in search of the most beautiful wave. His travels will take him with his cameras and Nikon lenses to the four corners of the planet: Australia, California, Fiji, New Zealand and of course Hawaii … Today, these magical places hold no secrets for him. Since 1990, Sylvain Cazenave has been an honorary member of the Surfrider Foundation, an association whose role is to protect the ocean, waves and the coast.

His photos are published in the biggest magazines: Paris-Match, VSD, Géo, Surf Session, Le Figaro Magazine, Madame Figaro, Vogue, Elle, L’Equipe, Sports Illustrated, Surfer Journal… and the big surf brands, Quiksilver , Oxbow, Roxy, Rip Curl, Bic Sport, Neil Pryde… call on him for their advertising campaigns.

He opened his gallery at 8 Rue Gambetta in Biarritz in spring 2016.

Website : www.sylvaincazenave.com
Instagram : @galeriesylvaincazenave
Contact : sylvain.cazenave@wanadoo.fr

 

Alex Postigo

Alex Postigo

Alex Postigo from Valencia, Spain. I was raised on the Mediterranean Coast and I have always had a deep connection with the sea, in 2010 started to study Graphic Design where I discovered the world of photography, and since then it became an obsession.

Instagram : @thefrogeye
Web : www.thefrogeye.com
Contact : thefrogeye.postigo@gmail.com

Manuel Miguelez

Manuel Miguelez

My name is Manu Miguelez and I was born in Asturias, a small region on the North West Coast of Spain. Since I can remember the ocean has always been my passion , i have completed my training as a profesional fishing skipper and diver.
But the love for perfect waveswas what made to travel around the world where finally started to work on a charterboat on the mentawais , here is where my photography carrer started.
Now a days i am based on the canary islands with my family and still traveling to search for perfect waves and « inmortalizing those magical moments ».

Website : www.manumiguelez.com
Instagram : @manu_miguelez
Contact : manumiguelez@live.com

Adam Cornick

Adam Cornick

Adam Cornick is a freelance photographer from the UK. In 2008, in search of a fresh start, he put a finger on a map and took a leap of faith that landed him in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Canada’s East coast. He’s thrilled to have the raw North Atlantic surf – and endless Maritimes inspiration for his photography – right in his backyard. 

Website :  www.acornart.net 
Instagram : @acorn_art_photography 
Contact : acornphotographs@gmail.com 

Paul Greene

Paul Greene

Born and raised among the blue mountains and temperate beaches of Santa Barbara, California, Paul Greene developed an affinity with both nature and the sea.

This passion blossomed into an obsession with photography when Greene felt compelled to capture and share his experiences both as a surfer and outdoorsman in 2011 at the age of 15. Hard work , time and persistence have helped Greene create a unique feel to his fresh, skillfully-crafted photographs.

Love and dedication keep him attached to his camera, grounded to the earth and drawn to the sea.

Website : paulgreenephoto.com
Instagram : @paulgreene
Facebook : @paulgreenephotography
Contact : paul@paulgreenephoto.com

Sean Davey

Sean Davey

Born in Tasmania, Australia, Sean Davey has built a name for great surf photography over the past 4 decades with more than 180 magazine covers to his name. Over the past ten years, Sean has built an art following all over the world with his art hanging in thousands of homes.

Website : seandavey.com
Instagram : @sean_davey
Facebook : @seandaveyhawaii
Contact : avgphoto@gmail.com

David Biner

David Biner

I am David Biner, born in the desert of Phoenix, AZ, and grew up dedicated to snowboarding and the mountains. At the age of 26 I switched paths to the coastlines and became an oceanic camera man. My first years were in Baja, Mexico and for the last 4 years I’ve been living and traveling Indonesia pursuing the art of waves and surfing. 

Website : www.theindoeye.com
Instagram : @indo.eye 
Facebook : @indoeye 
Contact : davidmbiner@gmail.com

Rambo Estrada

Rambo Estrada

Rambo Estrada is an ocean adventure photographer based in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand.

Rambo loves nothing more than living out of his van for weeks chasing waves in the most isolated zones.

Rambo’s ideal day is sunrise shooting in the ocean, sunset shooting in the ocean with a surf and van nap in between.

Website : www.estradasurfing.co.nz
Instagram : @ramboestrada
Facebook : @estradaphotographic
Contact : ramboestrada@gmail.com

Mark McInnis

Mark McInnis

Mark McInnis is a photographer working chiefly in America’s Pacific Northwest.

He’s known for bringing the natural beauty of the country’s upper left-hand corner to a wide range of clients and projects; with decades invested in the region Mark delivers the moods, emotions and landscapes of the Pacific frontier in a way few others can.

His work shows the character of a still-unspoiled American territory, out of respect for which his subjects are unlabeled, tracks are covered and he mostly travels alone.

Website : www.markmcinnis.com
Instagram : @markomcinnis
Contact : markomcinnis@gmail.com

Federico Vanno

Federico Vanno

I learned to swim before I could walk, but then I took my swimming very seriously when I was eight years old. That is when I asked my parents to get me into swimming courses.
Then, at 14, my family moved to Ostia, a district of Rome overlooking the sea. It was there that my passion for ocean swimming became an obsession.

It was then that I learned about the powers of the ocean, and that salt water was a living thing that I could become a part of. I was also a sailing racer for many years, which taught me the ocean skills of the winds and the tides and the weather. So when I went surfing, I had such knowledge of the ocean and her behavior.

I started shooting in 2007 and from the water in 2010. I was lucky to get sponsorship from Liquid Eye water housings early on. In 2011, I moved to Bali for a family lifestyle and warm water and absolutely perfect waves.

Instagram : ​​​​@liquidbarrel
Contact : liquidbarrel@hotmail.com

Antoines Justes

Antoines Justes

Interested from a young age by image in general, Antoine Justes very quickly approached photography. Born on the Basque coast, it is only natural that he begins by doing his ranges with surf photography, an environment he rubs shoulders with on a daily basis. What could be more fascinating than the ocean, its movements, its rhythm, its colors and its whims.

Competitions, exceptional days, its eye and its angles evolve with the rhythm of the swell. In and out of the water, he’s always on the lookout for exclusive images, interpreting the elements in his own way into something unique.

More and more passionate about the colors and curves of the ocean, it is in a more abstract universe that he works more and more. The development of these blurry images he looks like in a dream has become something he cherishes, allowing him to show another view of the world around him.

Website : www.antoinejustes.com
Instagram : @antoine_justes
Facebook : @antoinejustesphotographies
Contact : antoine.justes@gmail.com

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