Anyone can take pictures of surfing, but to capture the restless water at exactly the right moment you need years of experience. In addition to experience, you also need a hefty portion of guts, because taking surf photos is not without risks. But if you come out of the water with that perfect picture it is more than worth all the pain and effort. In this article we highlight the 5 best surf photographers of the moment. This way you get inspired to record your next surf trip!
Stuart ‘Stu’ Gibson
Stuart Gibson grew up on the beach of Tasmania. From a very young age he has been in the surfing world, he cannot stay away from the coast for too long. In 2003 he started photographing Extreme sports. He takes photos of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, among other things. Yet he says that 90% of his photos are related to surfing or waves. This is also reflected on his Instagram account, which is a pleasure to scroll through. See for yourself!
With more than 150 magazine covers to his name, Brian Bielmann cannot be missing from this list. He has a unique view of capturing surfers and continues to push boundaries with his exceptional images. Brian’s specialty is underwater photography, and in this way he has shot a lot of beautiful pictures of surfers. This photo too, but be sure to check out the rest on Brian’s Instagram page.
Brian’s photo’s have also been used for the new Surf Movie Heavy water Find out more about this amazing movie by clicking on the link.
Ben grew up in France and has been surfing since his childhood. After taking a photography course in Paris, he left for Hawaii at the age of 19. Here he developed his surf photography further, then he flew across the world to photograph in the best conditions. After an assignment in Tahiti, he thought, this is the place where I am at home. Today he is one of the best surf photographers in Tahiti.
Ted Grambeau is an Australian surf photographer with a large list of major Surf brands for which he has taken photos. With a degree in photography at the University of Melbourne, he has a strong foundation, which he has successfully applied to capturing the best surfers in the world. When you see his photos you understand why he is so successful!
Fred Pompermayer has made a name for himself as one of the best big-wave surf photographers. His photos are shown on various magazine covers, books and advertisements. He has completed an education in architecture but decided to follow his passion for photography. He currently works with various companies that innovate in the field of underwater and drone photography.
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