My most iconic image is the one I like to call the “Wave of Change.” It’s a photo shot in Indonesia of Dede Suryana almost nine years ago. But to this day, it’s still publicized and used in environmental campaigns around the world to create change for our oceans. It’s one of the images I’m most proud of, shot on a trip with a few friends.
You don’t always hear these stories of what it actually took to get the shot. It’s not all luxurious, easy, and simply scoring waves. We showed up along the coastline, a remote location, no one around, and no waves that first day. The next day, the waves start filling in. In fact, it was spectacular. It was beyond good for three hours. We saw some of the best waves I had ever seen and then, slowly, a bunch of trash and debris starts coming in with the waves. What’s going on?