Surf Photography Interview – Adam Reynolds

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This week we are stoked for a new interview with Adam Reynolds, surf photographer.  Our blog wouldn’t nearly look half as nice without Adam’s impressive surf photography posted in every section.  Adam specializes in taking digital and film pictures of the beautiful Malibu coast and surf.  He 100% encapsulates the unique surf culture that is prevalent here in Southern California and his pictures are absolutely stunning.  Feel free to check out his websites listed below and maybe even pick up a picture or two online to spice up the decorations in your house.  We appreciate Adam’s on-of-a-kind artistic approach to capturing the surf culture here, now let’s get to know Adam!


Photo:Adam Reynolds


So Adam…

Tell us a bit about yourself:

When did you start doing photography?  What is your focus?  My mom is a photographer, so I grew up around cameras.  I dabbled with photography in middle school and high school, but didn’t get serious about it until 2005 while studying film theory in Sydney, Australia.  At which point, my focus shifted from general still life to surf culture — I was learning to surf at the time, so my fascination with culture was insatiable.  I snapped photos to document my travels and progression.  


How long have you been combining your passion for surfing with your photography?  In 2010 I found myself sidelined from surfing for 3 months due to a shoulder injury.  Naturally, I took my savings and invested in a high end DSLR camera and lens package.  While my friends surfed, I snapped photos from the beach.  I caught their good rides, as well as their wipeouts.  Smiles all around.  Once my shoulder healed and I returned to the water, I found myself less interested in riding waves than I was photographing waves.  Something was missing though…a water housing.  In 2011 I invested in a Del Mar water housing for my camera.  Smiles grew larger as friends now had high quality water shots.  They were hooked and I was hooked.  The summer of 2012 marked an experimental phase for me; film.  35mm or 120mm, it didn’t matter.  I ordered expired film in bulk off ebay and spent seven consecutive summer weeks shooting almost every day.  My developing bills from the local photoshop (Valley Photo Service) were astronomical, but I didn’t care.  I was having too much fun.  With regards to cameras, I shot my mom’s Minolta SRT-100 (1972), my father in law’s Canon A1 (1973), a Hassleblad 500c (1967) and a Brownie Junior (1920’s), just to name a few.  It was exhilarating to learn the subtleties of each camera and each roll of film that I shot.  Present day:  I still shoot film as often as I shoot digital.  I’ve recently added Polaroid film to the mix.  Another challenge inspired by the works of Ryan Tatar.  My vintage camera collection has grown, just as my appreciation for the photographers who have come before me has grown.  Ultimately, I want to publish a book showcasing my documentation of surf culture in Malibu, California.  


Photo: Adam Reynolds

What is your favorite time of the day or favorite place to take pictures?  Sunrise and the hour that follows on a clear winter’s morning, or late afternoon into sunset on a winter’s day.  My favorite place to take photos is Malibu, CA — 27 miles of scenic beauty.  Countless waves, characters and culture.

What is the go-to board in your quiver?  Why?  Either my 5’10” bio foam fish, or my 6’6” Becker LC-3.  I’ve never been an aggressive surfer driving for speed, or air.  I like experimenting with alternatives to pop culture.  

Best surf session ever?  Superbank in 2005.  I pulled into my first barrel.  The hollow sound of water is forever etched in my mind.  I’ll never forget that day.  

When there is no surf to take pictures of, what other things do you enjoy photographing?  My wife, our two dogs and occasionally my brother, Andrew. 

Where can we find your pictures?  

Official Website –

Facebook –

Print Sales –


What do you think about the goFlow app?  I think goFlow is an intuitive app that utilizes crowd sourcing to deliver more accurate and precise surf forecasts.  There has been an apparent void in accurate surf forecasting due to a lack of human perception and interpretation — goFlow fills that void.  


Quick Draw:

Sleeping in or waking up early?  Up early

Beer, liquor, wine, or lemonade? Wine

Short board or long board?  Fish

Summer or winter?  California winters

American chicks or Australian chicks?  Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi – I just like the chant.  American.  🙂

Cats or dogs?  Dogs

Breakfast or Dinner?  Breakfast

It’s Saturday night: hit the local bars, make spontaneous trip to Vegas, or stay in and watch a movie?  Stay in and edit photos 

A BIG thanks to Adam for taking time out of his busy day and letting us pick his brain.  Please go check out some of his other prints and keep on posting those surf reports!