TRIBE - The Surf Series


My newest series, “Tribe” is an exhibition of select images illuminating female surf culture.

In this series, I document a fluid community, with nature as its sole leader.

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This series will be featured in an event showcasing the images actually embedded into surfboards using traditional board building techniques.

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Surfing is the ultimate in vulnerability and courage. Surfing forces one to confront insecurities, about one’s abilities and body, out into the open where everyone can see them, but it also makes one come to terms with their own imperfections.

I wanted to create a series that didn’t exploit female surf culture, but respected it as the surfers have respect for the ocean. Surfers know that if you don’t understand the wave, you can’t respect it. And if you don’t have respect, it’s only a matter of time before the ocean teaches you some.

Through thousands of images, I’ve gained ultimate respect for those in this tribe, and wanted to share a brief snapshot of this life in an interesting way.

The surf tribe has its own rules and culture, and is like any other tribe – these surfers use the waves for fun, but also to forge deeper relationships and to compete, both with others and with themselves. Even when alone, they are part of the tribe.

We’re all equal on a wave.