#This Future

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Joey surfing a WSA event (Shot by Sheri Crummer)

What is your name? 

Joey Samuelian

How old are you?

11 years old

Where do you live?

Manhattan Beach CA

Sponsors? (list them)

RipCurl and Spyder Surfboards

Dream Sponsor?

RipCurl

When did you learn to surf?

I took my first lesson when I was almost 8 years old right after I moved to CA from Boston… My first lesson was with CampSurf and the instructor was Jason Napolitano.

Did you get the bug right away? 

Yes, I was instantly hooked and my parents went to Dive-N-Surf and bought me a 6 foot foam board and a used wetsuit, since then I have moved through many boards and many wetsuits.

What board do you currently ride?

I am currently surfing on a 4’6″ board shaped by Dennis Jarvis.

Does anyone else in your family surf?

No, none of my family members really surf, but my mom and sister have taken lessons with CampSurf and my dad is planning to take lessons this Thanksgiving in Hawaii.

Describe your first session with CampSurf.

I felt nervous, excited and didn’t know exactly what to do

What is your favorite wave?

When Rincon is firing, its really fun.

What current trick have you been working on that you have been having a hard time sticking?

I have been working on airs and trying to land them.

Favorite surfer?

Gabriel Medina

Favorite surf movie part?

Missing

What band/artist do you listen to to get pumped for a surf session?

Seen it All by Jake Bugg

Are you currently competing?

Yes I am currently competing in both the NSSA Explorer and Open divisions, WSA and South Bay Boardriders “surf series”. I have also competed in the RipCurl GromSearch and some Hurley contests.

You must like competing?

I love competing!

What has been your best result so far?

Last year in an NSSA Gold Coast contest I finish 2nd.

What is your rank in NSSA?

I am ranked in the NSSA Nationally in the top 12 from last year!

If you weren’t a surfer, what would you be doing?

Soccer

Other hobbies/interests?

Soccer and Call of Duty

Do you believe in aliens?

No, because I don’t think other planets can sustain life.

Favorite comedy movie?

The Heat

If you were given $1,000 how would you spend it?

New Surfboards

Offshore barrels or onshore air sections?

Onshore air sections

Biggest wave you have surfed?

8ft

Describe your dream session? 

Surfing Gold Coast Australia landing air 360’s!

 

#Behind the Glass

 

An interview with Surf Photographer Jeff Sollee
An interview with Surf Photographer Jeff Sollee

Do you have any nick names?

I don’t really have a nickname but my good friends usually refer to me as Sollee

When did you first pick up a camera? Tell us about this experience.

I’d say I picked up a camcorder from my parents around 1997. It was mostly used for family gatherings and holidays but I wanted to use it to film my friends and my skateboarding. I still have the camcorder and the Hi-8 cassettes in my storage unit. A few years later, around 2000 I had purchased a more suitable camcorder for filming skating with the flip out viewing window. I grew up around an older crowd of skaters that filmed and made their own skate movies that I definitely looked up to, so that kind of influenced the filming and editing passion I have.

What is it about photography that excites you?

Everyday is a new day with photography. So many things can be said from photos, which typically speak for themselves. Just going out to film or take photos brings excitement not knowing exactly what’s going to go down at that shoot. The real gift is checking the footage or photos when getting to my computer and being stoked on the captures.

Which do you prefer to capture, video or photo?

I really don’t have too much of a preference on photography vs. cinematography because I enjoy them both. There are definitely certain things that need to be filmed over photographed or vice versa but I typically call it right before I shoot.

What else, besides surfing, do you shoot?

I take photos of snowboarding, skateboarding, bands, live-shows, djs, lifestyle, and pretty much everything in between. I’m always open to shooting anything and everything and I feel that’s the way it should be as a photographer or cinematographer is to never limit oneself.

Why do you enjoy shooting surfing? Why are you a surf photographer?

The thing that I enjoy the most about shooting and filming surfing is that the ocean is forever changing and nothing is ever promised. That’s the main difference that separates other sports in my eyes. Every wave is a new wave.

What do you shoot with? Describe your arsenal.

Right now I shoot with a Canon 70D, 6 different lenses and 6 macro adjustments, I also have a Nikon D5100, which would be the loaner dslr for a friend without a camera that wanted to shoot with me, or just mess around. I also own a Holga 120N as well as a GoPro Black 3+.

Which surf photos are you most proud of?

The surf photos that I’ve taken for Body Glove’s Camp Surf would have to be the ones I am most proud of being that all of the little groms are just learning and have huge smiles on their faces and are giving high-fives to instructors as the ride by. Capturing first moments like these are always priceless. Seeing these kids get stoked on surfing and their parents being awed by the photos of their kid(s) are the main reward. If you’re having fun you’re doing something right!!

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young grom claiming it with Camp Surf captured by Jeff Sollee

What is your favorite surf maneuver to capture?

You name it I’ll shoot it. Airs are always exciting to see and review. Just knowing you got “the shot” can make the surfer’s and my day.

Choose 4 of your favorite shots.

I wouldn’t say that I have any “favorite” works because I feel there is always room for improvement with photography. Every time I pick of the camera and shoot I feel like I get better, so I just try to take photos and videos whenever I get a chance. Here are a couple of photos that kind of stand out to me…

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Sunrise in Maui from resort balcony

 

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Letlive a couple years ago at Chain Reaction

 

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A secret path in Tahoe

 

Camp Surf instructor Kevin Brew captured by Jeff on his lunch break
Camp Surf instructor Kevin Brew

 

What is most challenging about being a surf photographer?

Being around babes in bikinis, getting tan, and meeting awesome people. But seriously, I could never complain about this job.

What is something you want all surfers to know about being a surf photographer?

Any athlete can claim that they did “this” or “that” and talk themselves up about how good they are, but that moment one gets in the water is what really defines them as a surfer. As long as you’re having a great time, doing what you love to do and are smiling and laughing, your doing something right. I like to say that it’s not always about how great one is at a sport or trade, but the love, style, and passion they have for the sport that defines them. Yeah you’re always going to have the shredder that kills everything and everyone looks up to, but there are also the ones that just ride and have fun; also respect both. When the camera comes out you have to bring your “A-Game” whether you’re just having fun or trying to get a sponsorship. Regardless if landing or sticking tricks/maneuvers, if your going for it, that brings respect.

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Model Dri Thomas (@adriannalisette) captured by Jeff Sollee

What is most rewarding about being a surf photographer?

The most rewarding part of my job is getting positive feedback from clients. Even negative feedback would be nice to get here and there just to keep me on my toes with photography. Getting back to the computer and reviewing photos or videos and being stoked on getting “the shot”, like I said earlier, would definitely be the most rewarding feeling knowing that I went out there and did exactly what I had come to do.

Any strange shooting stories or encounters?

Yeah dude, I have definitely had some strange shooting experiences, I feel we all have as photographers. I have to say that awkward moment when you ask a person you’ve never met before if you can take a photo or video of them for an edit or just some lifestyle type of gig you’ve got going, it’s really hit or miss. Some will be very shy and then others are just born to be in front of the lens. Some of the people I’ve interviewed or have filmed with just become totally different people than I’ve known or just met. It’s crazy how the camera will bring out the beast in people; the camera shows up, they perform. The strangest shooting experience… couldn’t tell you that one brother ;)

Where can people see and buy your work?

I actually just started an instagram page so you can see some of my photos on IG @coldearthofficial. Cold Earth Official Website is in the making!! Work as well on Ifilmusurf.com and IG @ifilmusurf. Much love. Let’s shoot!!

#Behind the Glass

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Name: Hunter Everett Jones

How long have you been shooting surfing? I’ve been shooting surfing for about 4 years now

Do you generally like to shoot the same location? Or do you like to move around based on waves? Because I’m a surfer, I am always switching locations and trying to find where the waves are best. I always bring my camera with me just incase an opportunity for a good photo arises.

What kind of equipment do you shoot with? Describe your arsenal. I shoot everything with a Canon 70d, great for taking stills and videos. When shooting surfing I use a canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. I also use a canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM for portraits and everyday photos.

Do you shoot stills, video or both? Which do you prefer more? I shoot still and videos. It’s hard to choose which I like more because they have many similarities between them. Shooting stills is great because they can be so powerful and you can tell a story with just a single image. Stills give you the feeling that you can “freeze time”. I love video because when it comes to editing footage, there is so much you can do and it enables you to be as creative as you want.

Are you a surfer? I am a surfer. I’ve been surfing since I was 11 years old and I’m almost 20. I’ve always been a “water guy”. I’m normally the first in the water and the last out. Surfing is my passion and I can’t see myself ever stopping.

What is your favorite surf picture or video you have taken? Why? A handful of my buddies and I drove up north to check some spots but nothing was really working. We checked Zuma and it wasn’t that good. Basically just close out barrels. None of us wanted to surf but Easton. We made an agreement that he would go out for 25 minuets and then we would go check some other spots. I grabbed my camera and luckily got this shot. One of the reasons I love this photo is because of the positioning. Sometimes it’s hard to nail a shot perfectly like this from shooting far away getting the sand in the photo. This perspective makes it look like Easton is riding on the sand… He came out by the way.

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What is your favorite surf picture or video you have taken? Why? I shot this while on our annual father son surf trip with the boys. The swell was building all day and this was the one that got away. One of the reasons I really love this shot is because every time I look at it I mind surf it.

Who doesn’t love a perfect Mexican right-hander?
Who doesn’t love a perfect Mexican right-hander?

What is your favorite non surf picture or video you have taken? Why? This was the first time I ever experimented with long exposure photography. After a handful of shots I got this one and I was pretty stoked on it. I like this shot because of how sharp and lit up everything looks and the stars just make it that much better.

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“first time I ever experimented with long exposure photography”

Do you ever shoot from the water? Or us any other techniques besides shooting from land? My buddies and I switch off with the Gopro and film each other when the waves are closed out. Nothing’s better then watching your bud get a sick tube and knowing you’re getting the shot. I plan on getting a drone sometime soon, so that will be fun to mess around with.

What is the most challenging thing about being a surf photographer? The hardest thing about being a surf photographer is that fact that I am a surfer. I love photography but I tend to put the camera down a lot of the times and surf instead because it’s too hard to see good waves go by

Any strange shooting stories or encounters? My best friend Easton and I had a pretty hilarious encounter with this random guy at lowers. Easton and I were setting up the gear and this guy approached us with a beer in his hand and a 24 pack in his backpack. You could tell he was drunk right when you saw him. Our conversations went from talking about the waves to him telling us about his sling shot, how he hates “kook chords” (leashes) and his magic hat. He gave all the groms a try at shooting his empty beer cans.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? I think the most rewarding part of taking photos and videos is seeing people’s positive feedback towards your work. To know the public likes your images and videos feels amazing. Another rewarding part of being a surf photographer and videographer is getting an epic clip or photo of your best friend killing it on a wave or pulling into a barrel and them being stoked on it. My goal for shooting whether it be still or video is to stoke everyone out on what I’m putting out. That’s what makes me happy

Where can people currently see your work? I post all of my favorite photos on my Instagram @hunterjoness. Also Please watch my most recent edit of my travels! Watch NOW!

#Behind the Glass

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Name: John Truax

Nickname: Rojo, (red in Spanish for the red hair and all.)

How long have you been shooting surfing? In my group of surf groms growing up, at least one of us always had a camera or at least access to one, so we were able to film each other surfing just to improve our skills, around the age of twelve.  I took some long breaks from filming between now and back then, but just recently within the past couple years I have really fallen back in love with it.

Do you generally like to shoot the same location? Or do you like to move around based on waves? I really like to travel to different waves, but there’s nothing like shooting at your own beach where you know all the great angles to shoot from.

What kind of equipment do you shoot with? Describe your arsenal. My dream camera would be the Canon 7D Mark II, but due to financial constraints I currently shoot with a Canon Eos T2i. My favorite lens would be my Canon 125-300mm lens; as well as a Canon 25-125 mm lens with 3.5- 5.6 ISO for close up action shots or landscape and night shots.  I like to carry a compact tripod, as well as an external shutter release button for those long exposure night shots.  All of this fits snug in my camera bag and is therefore can be ready at a moment’s notice if I’m ever in a hurry.

Do you shoot stills, video or both? Which do you prefer more? I shoot both, I think video is more appealing to watch for action or sports, but a quality picture requires discipline and timing for those things and should not be discredited.  For landscape and night photography I prefer stills all the way.  Nothing is better than a good photograph of nature.

Are you a surfer? Yes

What is your favorite surfpicture or video you have taken? Why? It was pretty hard to choose my favorite, but I really like this one of my brother.  More often than not my home break of El Porto looks like this, on-shore and closed-out, not to mention flat. I like this shot because we have to make the best of it, and right here my bro is doing just that.

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“I like this shot because we have to make the best of [our home break], and right here my bro is doing just that.”
What is your favorite non-surf picture or video you have taken? Why? This is a picture of some railroad tracks in my home town of El Segundo.  They had this blue tint on the top of them and I wanted to show that in this picture.  I am not sure why I like this one so much, but rarely do I get a shot I am as happy with as this one.

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“some railroad tracks in my home town of El Segundo”

Do you ever shoot from the water? Or us any other techniques besides shooting from land? Yeah, I have done some water shooting with a gopro, but have yet to get a water housing.  Once I get my new camera I will purchase a water housing.

What is the most challenging thing about being a surf photographer? Staying on the beach and filming, while your buddies get shacked off their melons when its firing.

Something you want all the surfers to know about being a surf photographer they may not know. If you think they might have taken a picture of you surfing, don’t hesitate to go up and ask them for a card, 9 times out of ten they have a website or can email any shots they may have got.

What isthe most rewarding part of your job? Giving people shots they truly enjoy, whether it be of them or something I created.  Also I never want to work in an office, and hopefully this will be my way of ensuring that never happens.

Any strange shooting stories or encounters? I was able to photograph manta rayson an island in Indonesia called Nusa Lembongan.  That was an experience I will not soon forget, these things had a 6 foot plus wingspan and were swimming right by me.  An unreal experience to say the least.

Where can people currently see your work? (instagram, facebook, etc) You can follow me @RAPIDOROJO to see some of my work.  Also follow @ifilmusurf , they often post some of my shots as I shoot for them on occasion.

 

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