TED TALKS

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.

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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.

PHO­TOS & CAP­TIONS TEDDY G. IN­TRO BY SHARPY

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