ADVENTUROUS SURF EXPEDITIONS ARE ALL THE RAGE THESE DAYS. THEY’RE HOWEVER, NOTHING NEW. WHEREVER YOU THINK YOU MIGHT BE MAKING FRESH TRACKS ODDS ON LEGENDARY AUSTRALIAN IMAGE MAKER TED GRAMBEAU WAS THERE DOCUMENTING IT TWENTY YEARS AGO.
The Aussie surf photography legend Ted Grambeau on some of his favourite images from his massive archive of Search trips.
Lofoten, Mozambique, Kamchatka, Madagascar, Svalbard and most nooks in Indo all ticked off before the Instagram generation were potty trained. Ted was at Periscopes back before anyone else knew Sumbawa had waves .
There aren’t many surf photogs that hit genuine legend status in the eyes of the other pros, Ted is in that elite circle, along with Stoner, Grannis, Brewer, Servais, Divine and Bolster. Guys who have defined surf photography for a generation. He was and is a huge inspiration to anyone who seeks adventure and especially surfers and photographers that want to explore and document the world. He’s the reason I wanted to be a surf photographer. His work in ASL in the ‘90s is made my mind glow. I first met him on the beach at Capbreton in the late ‘90s when he was shooting some punk ass kid called Andy Irons and have bumped into him around the world and exchanged war stories ever since.
He is that rarest of beasts: a photog that nails every aspect of photography perfectly. It’s no surprise he’s been in demand for decades.
And the final cherry on top in this glowing introduction? He’s an absolute gem. Kind, humble, encouraging to younger photogs and funny as hell. You couldn’t wish for a better chap to share a few bevvies with overlooking the harbour at Mundaka waiting for the swell to fill in or be stuck in an airport with. He’s got anecdotes for days. We salute you Ted, here’s to many more years on the Search…
Ted: In conjunction with Rip Curl I am working on a book project of my photographic journey. The Search has been more of a philosophy that I relate to in my personal journey.
So it logical that Rip Curl and myself collaborate to celebrate in images a journey that has spanned over three decades of exploration and adventure.
Ted Grambeau’s book on his photographic journey in collaboration with the Search will be available Easter next year.