by Michelle Michalak August 06, 2017

Slyde Connected with Brazil Based Ocean Photographer Fernando Amorim after a photograph of his friend @chicalm caught our eye on Instagram.

Francisca photographed by Fernando was seen riding a Bula Enoka board in some steep Brazilian shorebeak. We couldn't wait to find out more about him, and the bodysurfing community.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

My full names is Ferando Amorim, I'm 32 years old born and living in Rio De Janeiro Brazil. I hang out and photograph Rio's bodysurfing crews including Leme`s Crew, Mafia Bodysurf, SoulBodysurf, Itacoatiara Crew

Tell us about your camera gear and set up:

On a typical day, I'm using a Canon 7dMarkII inside my liquid eye waterhousing with 50mm F1.4 lens.  I'm constantly clicking away, it doesn't matter if it's a cloudy or sunny day, I'm out there.
 

Other than photography, what else do you like to do?

When I'm not taking photos I like to spend time with my family , I have a young baby that is the center of my world. Also I started later in photography, so I spend most of my free time studying and practicing taking photos. Photo was once my hobby and now it's my job, I have a lot of fun doing it.    

What/Who/When Got You Started Taking Photos?

I started taking photos because, I was working to much time in front of a computer and I was constantly visiting a doctor with a lot of pains in my body.  He recommended I go to a swimming class.  I really hate to swim without a purpose, so I bought a GoPro and started to go to the beach before my job to take some photos, and that opened my eyes to a whole new world.

Tell us about the inspiration behind your photography? 

Rio is a beautiful city, but with a lot of problems, like most big cities.  That all changes, if you wake up at 5am.  It's magical time to enjoy most of the beaches without a crowd, and drive the streets without traffic jams and chaos.

Where is your favorite place and dream wave to photograph? Why?

My favorite place is Laje de Ipanema.  It's a slab in the hearth of the city.  It works perfectly when the waves are bigger than 6feet. It's a fast wave but very photogenic. 


What's your favorite photo you've ever captured?

It's so difficult to chose one photo.  I will say it doesn't matter the difficulty of the wave, if the slab is almost without water.  One must always assume the risk & take the waves.  I have the sensation that I didn't take my best photo yet.  My favorite photo is still in my mind.

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Michelle Michalak
Michelle Michalak

Michelle's diploma reads BA Psychology with a minor in English, and her license plate reads #CaliforniaDreaming4Life. She begin her career in the NYC fashion industry working with fashion and internet pioneer, Bluefly.com However, due the constant "nagging" of her entrepreneurial spirit, her crush on surfing, and hardcore love for the ocean, she chosen to call San Diego home for the past 10 years. On the west coast she 's chased waves & enlightenment working alongside "Gurus" in the online marketing & personal development industries. It in May 2012 she found her true Zen & Stoke, and joined the Slyde Handboards Team.


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