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Shooting waves isn’t as easy as it seems. Everything about the surf, from the harsh sunlight to the constant motion in the water, makes taking a quality surf photo a challenge. Many traveling surfers shell out hundreds of dollars to professional surf photographers and action sports videographers. If you want to save some cash and impress your travel buddies on your next surf trip, continue reading below for Surf Photography 101: How to Nail the Shot.
With most of the major swells that we surf at our home breaks and around the world originating close to the poles in freezing water, it’s only logical that surfers would begin to look for waves closer to the origin of swell in uncharted territory. Both the West and East coasts of the United States are riddled with crowds, but as you work your way further north, the crowds dwindle, especially when temperatures plummet.
If you’re significant other doesn’t surf, you might feel like he or she is missing out on a large portion of your life. After all, surfing is a gateway to travel, art, and experiencing worldly cultures.
Nothing is worse than being stuck on the beach during a surf trip because you only packed step-ups and high-performance shortboards when it’s chest high and rippable. If you want to spend more days surfing and fewer days on land waiting for a significant swell, invest in a small wave surfboard like a fish or groveler.
Despite surfing’s overwhelming and exponential growth in recent years, a few far-flung corners of the globe still exist where quality waves remain unspoiled. These waves often occupy remote stretches of coastline that are hard to reach by traditional travel. If you’re an avid surf traveler, you’ve probably managed to find a few remote waves by whatever means necessary, using whatever vehicle is best for the job. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite surf tripping vessels to inspire you to get out and explore this summer.