Ryan Struck is a New Jersey-based surf photographer. Struck spends more time with his eye behind the lens than with a board under his feet, but that’s not to say he’s having any less fun. To view more of Struck’s work, check out www.ryanstruck.com or his New Jersey surf website, thenewsurf.com.
“After a few years I decided photography was to be my profession,” says Struck. “I worked nights 12 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and saved to buy a water housing in January 2009. Often times in the wee hours of the morning, as I drove around a turret, the smell of battery acid wafting through my nostrils, I’d envision the next photograph I wanted to create. It definitely got me though my work “day.” Quitting time for me was when most were arriving. I would head to the beach, jump in the water with camera in hand by 9:30 a.m. Since then, I have been steadily building a portfolio. I hardly make a living from shooting surf, but I also don’t work nights anymore.”
“Surfing is so image driven that the world’s most talented creatives and athletes are all vying for page space. I am in awe of those who have made it. I have learned what hard workers professional surfers, photographers, and filmers are. I continue to put my time in on the beach or in the water when I can. I have traveled to places I only dreamed I would see. Much credit directed toward my friends, experiences, and the ocean. I’ve been driven by my love for the sights I witness while neck deep, with fins on, and eyes wide.”