5 Surf Photographers You Need To Know! With the summer days coming up and the swells coming in, we wanted to show some love to the extremely talented surf photographers out there, who spend days on end floating in the deep blue trying to get that perfect union between wave and rider... 04/14/2017 © Corey Wilson / Red Bull Illume Stuart "Stu" Gibson Could easily already be considered Red Bull Illume royalty, with Category Finalist spots in 2010, 2013 and 2016. "I was born in Tasmania in 1983 and became a photographer around 2003, although I’ve always loved cameras and filming. It wasn’t until I borrowed a friend’s Canon EOS 5 that I fell in love with still photography – the quality amazed me! Shooting on 35mm slide film was a true test to learn the skills to become a photographer. My main passions are surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. But my photos are more than 90% surfing, or in the water in some way. I was practically born surfing so it’s hard to be away from the coast for too long. My life as a photographer consists of traveling, swimming, sun, and sitting behind a computer – a lot!"Green pits @tilodge @nikonaustraliaA post shared by stu gibson (@stugibson) on Mar 29, 2017 at 7:14am PDT Zakary "Zak" Noyle "I was born in Hawaii in 1985 and have been in and around the ocean all my life. My father is a commercial photographer who helped me find my love and passion for shooting in the ocean. Working as a staff photographer for Surfer Magazine for the past five years has allowed me to travel to many exotic locations such as Tahiti, Rapa Nui and Indonesia to name just a few.Being in the water is my specialty, shooting mainly heavy and large waves with shallow reefs. I have a passion to show people a world they have never seen before, from a perspective that is almost inconceivable. I try to bring the viewers into my images and make them feel as if they’re right there alongside me in the world's most famous surf breaks."Tonight @thestudymodern in the @modernhonolulu I will be hosting a fun talk with a few of my friends- Mark Healey(@healeywaterops ), Nathan Florence(@nathan_florence ), Jamie O'Brien(@whoisjob ) & Eli Olson(@eli_olson ) who is pictured here at Backdoor. We will tell some of our travel stories and favorite moments of the past winter season on the North Shore of Oahu. The event is free & open to anyone it begins at 7pm tonight. Hope to see you all down there. #ZakNoyleA post shared by Zak Noyle (@zaknoyle) on Apr 13, 2017 at 7:24pm PDT Corey Wilson "I am from Santa Cruz, CA. I started photography about eight years ago when I was in high school and I fell in love with shooting photos, deciding to make a career out of it.I currently live in Newport Beach, CA and I travel the world all year round, working as a staff photographer for Surfing Magazine, Rip Curl, and freelancing for other companies. I’m constantly on the road going on surf trips and fashion shoots etc."Creating mind tricks with/ @microsurfacademyA post shared by COREY WILSON (@corey_wilson) on Apr 5, 2017 at 6:05am PDT Ben Thouard "My name is Ben Thouard, and I’ve lived in Tahiti for eight years. I started photography when I was a teenager, using an old Nikon camera from my father that I’d found at home.Being a surfer since a very young age, it was natural that I started shooting my friends surfing. After going to photography school in Paris, I flew to Hawaii when I was 19, and this was my first professional challenge.Since then I’ve traveled around the world to shoot watersports in search of great conditions, encounters and stories. Nine years ago I was invited to make a trip to Teahupo’o, Tahiti, a place I completely fell in love with. A year after moving it became my favorite playground."Follow me ! @kaulivaast shot with @aquatech_imagingsolutions @airtahitinuiA post shared by Ben Thouard (@benthouard) on Apr 10, 2017 at 11:43am PDT Fred Pompermayer "I have been shooting big wave surfing and action shots for more than a decade. I was born in Brazil. From a very young age I was transfixed by the ocean and waves. I majored in architecture at college; afterwards I travelled the world taking photos as my hobby and surfing as much as I could.I live in Los Angeles where I can catch a quick flight to most places – most of the time it’s last minute to catch the swells – and where I can surf year round."Capturing images like this one is what drives me to keep doing what I love! The colors and watching someone challenge the power of Mother Nature. For me its not about recognition or money, its goes way beyond that. This is @shanedorian showing the way to go. Thanks to all of you who support me on this journey. @surfer_magazine @sandisk @surfline @auphotos @surfscreen_organics @anetik_performance @suuntooutdoor ... #fredpompermayer #pushingthelimits #bigwavesurfing #explore #jaws #mauiA post shared by Fred Pompermayer (@fred_pompermayer) on Mar 22, 2017 at 9:21am PDTMake sure to check out Instagram next week (18.4 to 21.4), as we're hosting surf week, with a bunch of cool surf photos from throughout Red Bull Illume history!