Category Archives: Surf Photography

The Best Photos of 2016: Surf, Travel, & Adventure Photography

Best Photos of 2016: Surf and Travel Photos from Bali and Beyond

Spent the last day of 2015 looking back through the highlights of one of the most productive years I’ve ever had exploring the world with a camera. From more than 20,000 photos taken this year, this gallery includes 162 of my favorite images from the islands of Indonesia back home to the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

Best Photos of 2015: A Year in Pictures

Best Photos of 2015: A Year of Adventure Travel

Spent the last day of 2015 looking back through the highlights of one of the most productive years I’ve ever had exploring the world with a camera. From more than 20,000 photos taken this year, this gallery includes 162 of my favorite images from the islands of Indonesia back home to the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

As seen in NatGeo's 'Stunning Photographs' - Bali's Mega Semadhi at Padang

National Geographic ‘Stunning Photographs’ – Big Wave Surfing in Bali

National Geograpic’s newest large format hardcover coffee table book includes a double page spread of Mega Semadhi’s air drop into the ‘Green Room’ of Bali’s Padang Padang beach. Can’t say how excited, humbled, and proud I am to have my work included with that of ‘National Geographic’s most renowned photographers’. The gallery below includes the […]

Surf photography portfolio - the best waves from around the world

Surf Photography Gallery: Portfolio of the World’s Best Waves

Capturing the energy and magic of the world’s best surfers riding the world’s best waves has been one of the most challenging (and rewarding) aspects of my photography career thus far. With the peak moment of the action only lasting a fraction of a second, a surf photographer has to anticipate the shot before it […]

World Travel Photos: Best of Ten Years

Ten Years of World Travel: Photo Gallery

On the morning of January 31st, 2004 I caught a Northwest Airlines flight from San Francisco to Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Also on the plane were 41 other volunteers from Peace Corps batch 263, soon to be scattered across the Philippine archipelago to begin assignments ranging from marine conservation to business development. None […]

Sunrise Surf Session on Lembongan Island, Bali

Dawnie at Shipwrecks: Lembongan Surf Photos

I can see why a lot of surfers who come to Bali are intimidated by the breaks at nearby Nusa Lembongan. With names like Shipwrecks, Lacerations, and Racers (usually pronounced ‘Razors’), it sounds like you’re setting yourself up for a trip to the emergency room just by paddling out. Sure it’s true that these surf […]

Sunset Surf Session at Uluwatu's Outside Corner in Bali

Uluwatu Outside Corner: Bali Sunset Surf Photos

What’s the quickest way for first-time surfers to get in trouble in Bali? They’ll ask their taxi driver where the best wave in Bali is. The answer? Uluwatu. Yeah, technically the cabbie is right but Ulu is a long way from being a good spot to learn to surf. And actually, it’s really several spots: […]

Bali Day Trip to Lembongan Island

Bali Day Trip to Lembongan Island

I read recently that something like 90% of the tourism in Bali happens within a ten-kilometer radius of the airport. Pretty ridiculous when you think how many amazing spots on the island are well outside that small section of Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, and Jimbaran! One easily overlooked (and underrated!) day trip is to catch the […]

Surf Trip to Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia

Teahupo’o‎ Rhymes with Uluwatu: Bali Surf Photos

Ok, so that title is a bit of a joke, though one commenter on Facebook did ask if these photos were taken at Tahiti’s mindblowingly dangerous ‘place of skulls’ (the local translation of Teahupo’o). Actually these photos were taken in Bali, an ocean away from Tahiti but home to epic waves in its own right. […]

Surf Trip to Bali's Bukit Peninsula

Bali Surf Trip: When They’re Good, They’re Really Good

It’s impossible to get great surf photos if you don’t have great surfers (the waves help too of course). Whenever I’m shooting in the water I usually try to meet up with some of Bali’s best local rippers to make sure all that swimming and wave dodging is worth it. That’s never a problem when […]

Perfect Day for Shredding Bali Waves

Waves Get Destroyed, Everyone’s Happy

Can’t remember which surf brand has the ‘destroy waves, not beaches’ tagline, but on this day at Bingin they should have had some product placement on Agus from Bali’s Bukit. If it was Rip Curl who used that line then they’re already covered with this gallery.

Surfing one of Bali's Legendary 'Green Room'

Inside Bali’s Legendary Green Rooms: Surf Photo Gallery

Bali’s most famous barrel is nicknamed ‘The Green Room’ because of the magical glow the waves take on when lit from behind with the setting sun. Padang Padang may be more famous than Bingin, but that doesn’t mean that this wave just a short drive up the coast doesn’t also create some magical green room […]

Big wave surfing in Bali - Mega Semadhi

Bali’s Most Dangerous Wave?

Just like most mountains have a double black diamond ski slope, Bali is home to some waves that are too dangerous for most surfers to even paddle out. This gallery includes some highlights shooting at Bali’s infamous ‘Pipeline’ with the Bingin Crew.

Sunset wave at Padang Padang beach in Bali

Sunset Waves at Padang Padang in Bali

The wave at Padang Padang beach on Bali’s Bukit peninsula has long been known as the ‘Bali pipeline’, named after the epicenter of global big wave surfing on Hawaii’s North Shore. During the southern hemisphere’s dry season from April to September, huge storms forming around Antarctica create massive waves caused by the wind blowing for […]

Low Tide Surf Session at Bali's Beaches

Low Tide Grinders at Bali’s Bingin Beach

Backlit waves on Bali’s west coast give off an amazing green glow in the late afternoon sun. This gallery of surf photos covers the best shots from an early August 2012 session with Agus and the Bingin locals putting on a great show.

Cloudy Day, Perfect Waves in Bali

Grey Days, Great Waves: Bali Surf Photos

Grey skies aren’t my favorite lighting conditions for surf photos, but as they say, variety is the spice of life. This collection includes some of my favorite shots from an afternoon of shooting with Agus and Teko on an unseasonably-stormy day during Bali’s dry season.

Bali Surf Trip: Afternoon Barrels in the Bukit

High Noon Surf on Bali’s Bukit

‘You’re not the only one, staring at the sun…’ Yeah, I guess Bono had it right when he was writing those lyrics. Doubt he was talking about surf photography, but staring into the sun when you’re trying to shoot adds some interesting elements to the photos. On the plus side you get some crazy lens […]