For as long as I can remember I've wanted to be a photographer. Wanting to catch those indescribable moments, the way a red morning sun can break open the horizon, the perfect wave from deep in the hollow, those smallest of details in the natural world that make you realize we're part of something so beautiful and incredible it needs to be memorialized and shared.
As a kid, the idea of how images can convey emotion and experiences was, to me, never more prevalent than in the pages of Surfer magazine. I was living in Seattle and even though I had never even set foot on a surfboard, I was instantly drawn to the sport and the lifestyle of the traveling surf photographer. Following the world's best surfers to exotic locations and experiencing those new cultures through the photographs was awe-inspiring. Those images of Uluwatu's emerald waters, of Fijian kava ceremonies and Baja's dusty roads leading to unknown treasures would be the catalyst for the career I have today.
Moving to San Diego in 1991 to go to college finally gave me the opportunity to make surfing part of my everyday life. From the first moment in the water I realized my life would be inexorably connected to the ocean. I wanted to capture that connection with photography. Not only the exotic locales but also the subtleties of the surfing experience. The way the sun's light refracts kaleidoscopic through the back of a wave. Being joined by a pod of dolphins in the line-up. Feeling the raw, undeniable power of the ocean. It's the chance to discover another connection everyday that keeps me going. It's the creativity of nature that inspires me and has given my life and work greater definition.
I currently live in La Jolla, California where I am a senior staff photographer for Surfer Magazine. I continue traveling to some of the most remote places of the world searching for undiscovered waves and documenting the beauty that surrounds them. Thank you for visiting my website and I hope that my work has given you a greater connection to surfing and the amazing world we live in.