It’s refreshing to chat with Lucia Griggi, a rarity amongst the beach patriarchy, since surf photography tends to be a male dominated industry.
The renowned surf and outdoor adventure photographer grew up between London and Venice, but now chases deadly waves for a living. Paddling out in sets as big as 50ft, is just another day in the office for her.
It’s an oft-coveted job, but it’s not as easy as it looks.
Surf photographers take a lot of risks in the water, with heavy wipes outs, sharks, razor-sharp reefs and strong currents to name just a few. But, it’s also physically exhausting work. Imagine carrying a ton of heavy photography equipment whilst ducking under waves, clinging to the reef and swimming relentlessly for hours at a time, to be in the right spot for a shot.
We caught up with Griggi to quiz her on how the ocean became her office.
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SSm: How did you get into adventure photography – in particular, surf photography?
LG: I was always in love with the idea of traveling the world with my surfboard under my arm! The waves were my destination and I was the journey. Although I loved to see where the ocean took me, my curiosity for what was on the land bit me even harder, and gave me the adventure bug!
I loved to document my travels so I picked up my father’s Nikon camera and started to take pictures. Obviously, my love for surfing and now photography became one and this led into working in surf photography.
Since I was working in the surfing world I crossed over to skateboarding, snowboarding – or, anything within the outdoor action sport realm. A lot of the time my travels took me to far off places, offering unique adventures.