Photographers Who’ve Captured the Camaraderie and Solitude of Surf Culture

Jeff Divine, Steve Massefellar, Honolua Bay, Maui, 1978. Courtesy of the artist.

The wild force of a wave. Sun reflecting off a frothy crest. Zinc slathered on noses. Piles of salty wetsuits. Surfboards being packed into beat-up vans. Pre-dawn trips up the coast to find a perfect break.

These are just a few of the ingredients that make the sport of surfing, and the culture that surrounds it, so darn intoxicating: a heady mix of hot beaches, hypnotizing athleticism, and the ocean’s unpredictable, all-powerful impulses.

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