At almost every beach you ever go to you’re bound to find surfers. There’s no avoiding them, if there is a wave to be surfed, there are surfers willing to surf it all year round.

Surfing has its origins in Hawaii where the natives used to ride long boards.  Nowadays, surfers can be found on every coastline in every coast bearing country in the world! Surfers will now even fly around the world in search of that perfect wave.

So it’s safe to say that surfing is one of the great sports of our time.  But how do we convey the feeling of excitement, the rush a surfer gets when he is on a wave?  Or the relaxing, laid back approach to beach life? By photographing it of course.

Surfers are very early birds when it comes to surfing, so rug up because the sand is still cold at sunrise.  A tele-photo lens is appropriate for those close up action shots if you are shooting from the beach.  300mm and up is recommended as you are really quite a distance away.  A fast shutter speed is a must to avoid getting too much motion blur from the surfer.  A polarizing filter is also recommended to cut down on sun glare coming off the water.

Don’t forget that when photographing a surfer (or anyone for that matter), it’s best to ask their permission first.  Also that surfing isn’t just all about riding the wave.  There’s a beach lifestyle there as well so try to capture that atmosphere by not only shooting your subject in action but also as he’s walking, suiting up, waiting.  There are a lot of beach lifestyle shots to take as well

Happy shooting!

Pics By Nick - Surfer

Pics By Nick - Surfer

Pics By Nick - Surfer

Pics By Nick - Surfer

Pics By Nick - Surfer

Pics By Nick - Surfer