Tell us more about your job. What has been your favorite issue you’ve worked on in the 13 years since you’ve been at Surfer?
As photo editor I am managing a team of staff photographers and looking for the best images I can find out in the world of the freelance photographer. We work on a lot of stories that require me to dig up archival images or images on specific subjects, which is always fun to do. As far as favorite issues to work on, that is tough. Being there for 13 years, I have worked on around 160 issues so to pick a favorite would be a challenge. One that stands out to me is a guest editor issue with Jack Johnson and Chris Malloy. I got to experience some awesome stuff with those guys. I went with Jack to the Jay Leno show and met the White Stripes with Chris. Chris really put so much creative energy into that issue and it turned out great. Also all the big issues are fun probably because there is so much content and so much to get done that it is really rewarding to see the end result.
Any favorite trip / shoot in particular?
There is no better place than Jeffreys Bay South Africa for me and there are also a few point breaks where I grew up that are some of my favorite places in the world. One of the best trips for Surfer I ever did was a boat trip with some of my favorite surfers of all time. I went to the Mentawais with Andy Irons, Mark Occhilupo, Luke Egan, and Dave Rastovich. As far as adventure trips go, myself, Kimball Taylor, Dane Gaduaskas, Kepa Acero, and Alex Laurel went to Gabon Africa and camped for 2 weeks. It was a tough trip, but so much fun.
As photo editor, what do you look for in surf photography these days?
As Photo Editor, I am always looking for single images that tell stories. The future of surf photography is going to be interesting and exciting as the next generation of young photographers grow up in this visual age they are going to be learning a lot very quickly, and the equipment keeps getting better, smaller and easier to use. Cameras are going to be able to be placed in angles and capture angles we have never seen before. All that being said, nothing beats a good simple lineup shot when it comes to surf photography.
You have so many great boards in your quiver and cool old cameras. If your house were burning down and you could only carry 5 things out (besides your family of course), what would you take?
Tough question. I think the Green and Yellow Wedge singlefin would be top of the list, My Linhof rangefinders would be next, then my Leica and hasselblad after that I would have to grab my favorite shortboard.
And which one would that be?
My favorite shortboard is probably my Rocket Nine Channel Islands right now, but that changes every three or four months. It’s a 5’9 swallow tail you can do twin fin with a trailer fin or thruster, it’s awesome.
Any parting thoughts, words of wisdom, sage advice for aspiring surf photogs out there?
Young photographers should work really hard on creating their own style and feel. The most successful surf photographers over the past few years have come along with a fresh take on surfing and the surf lifestyle. And with the constant bombardment of imagery these days, something new always stands out and is going to get attention.