One of the greatest pleasures of running The Inertia is featuring amazing photographers from around the globe and sharing their work with you. From industry veterans who’ve cut their teeth in some of the best locations on the planet to up-and-coming shutterbugs who demonstrate telling promise, we’re floored by the amount of talent behind the lens.

To that end, we’ve chosen 11 of the most talented young guns in the surf photography world to watch as they emerge in the coming years. We reached out to them and asked them a few simple questions about who inspires them and what makes them different from their peers. Their answers were inspiring – so inspiring, in fact, that we want you to read them in order to gain insight into what makes these burgeoning talents so good at what they do. As you browse through their images, check the captions beneath.

Enjoy their work. You’ll be seeing it for years to come.

—The Editors

Editor’s Note: This story is brought to you by vapor-distilled smartwater, who found unique inspiration for their water by looking up to the sky. we hope the change in perspective this piece offers will help inspire you.

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  • Joao Brek Bracourt

    gregoire and alex seem ok!

  • Jeff Byrnes

    Some damn fine work!