0

Your Cart is Empty

October 17, 2016 4 min read

The Photographers Spotlight Series will be a running series that takes a look behind the lens of some of the best water photographers out there today.

Guys and Girls just like you who have a passion for the ocean and take it out in the form of beautiful breathtaking imagery.
Today we turn the spotlight on 26 year old Justin Ghio.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF: 

I'm originally from San Diego, California. I graduated from the University of Arizona, bear down. Moved to Newport, CA to 2013 and have been bodysurfing since I first stepped into the ocean.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR GEAR AND SET UP: CAMERA ACCESSORIES & CAMERAS:

I shoot with a Sony A6300.  In the water, I primarily use the Sony 16mm, Sony lens with Sony Fisheye adapter, in an Aquatech housing.  I will also be using my new Zeiss Touit 12mm in the water when it arrives.  From land I shoot with a Sony 55-210mm zoom lens.  I also have a GoPro Hero4 black mounted to the house recording video.

OTHER THAN BODYSURFING OR TAKING PHOTOS, WHAT DO YOU DO?

I work as a technical recruiter for Amazon Web Services, Amazon's cloud computing arm.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY: WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO GET UP IN THE MORNING AND OUT IN THE WATER?

I truly feel there is no way better to wake up than with cold water and a beautiful sunrise. The adrenaline and sense of clarity you get from trying to navigate your camera settings, swimmers, surfers, and set waves is something that is nearly indescribable.

It's that feeling, that level of focus that keeps me out there an waking up early. There is also a unrivaled sense of communitybetween the people out in the water, especially amongst photographers and riders. Swimming over to someone and show them a great shot you just got can sometimes make a lifetime friendship.

WHAT / WHO / WHEN GOT YOU STARTED IN TAKING PHOTOS?

I started taking pictures for photography class my senior year of high school, I only wanted to shoot the ocean and ended up getting a B for that reason. Once I moved to Newport I started swimming at 13th street, Wedge, and Cylinders and recording POV bodysurfing videos, that's when I really developed my love for big waves and barrels.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE AND YOUR DREAM WAVE TO PHOTOGRAPH AND WHY?

The Wedge, the pure power and mechanics of the wedge are something that are meant to be photographed, even on a small day it can be perfectly picturesque. It also is a place where everyone tries to go all in - so you have a bunch of good riders going big on every wave and end up with some pretty epic pictures.

TELL US ABOUT A MOMENT IN THE WATER THAT YOU WILL REMEMBER FOREVER

On October 4th 2014,  I was swimming at Cylinders at sunrise by myself taking POV GoPro videos. I caught 2nd second wave of the set in and tried to turn around quickly to swim back out to get another ride. The very next wave landed directly on my back in a foot of water; breaking 10 bones in my back, 10 ribs, puncturing both my lungs, rupturing an eardrum, and separating my right shoulder as I went over the falls.

I came up super disoriented and floating in the middle of the impact zone; luckily I was able to ride the backwash in and clutch to the sand on shore. I pulled myself up, thinking I had only gotten the wind knocked out of myself and only until I was home and taken to the hospital by my amazing girlfriend did we really know the extent of the damage. It was a day I will never forget and learned a few lessons about the ocean I now have ingrained in my mind forever.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PRE-SESSION ROUTINE

Wakeup roughly 1.5 hours before sunrise, drink a few glasses of water while prepping any of the gear not all set from the night before. Check camera, batteries, settings, housing, ports, everything - worst thing is showing up to the water with a dead battery or a full memory card (that's happened). Then I typically eat a banana and some sort of granola, something light so I don't sink but still have energy. This entire time is always mixed with stretching in every possible spare moment!

What are the biggest conditions you have been out in"

I bodysurfed the Tuesday of Hurricane Marie in 2014 - that was about 12-15+ and there was around 1000 people on shore and only 8 of us in the water atnoon.

What's the favorite photo you've ever captured? (see header photo on left)

This angle is super difficult to get and almost always ends up with going over the falls!

Slyde Photographer Spotlight: Justin Ghio | The Wedge

Slyde Photographer Spotlight: Justin Ghio | The Wedge

 

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.



Also in Slyde Chronicles

Slyde Shipping carbon offsets
Slyde Shipping carbon offsets

April 19, 2021 3 min read 0 Comments

Read More
7 Yoga Poses All Body Surfers Need To Know
7 Yoga Poses All Body Surfers Need To Know

January 11, 2021 3 min read 0 Comments

Read More
The Raw Truth About Sunscreen - An Interview With Raw Elements Owner Brian Guadagno
The Raw Truth About Sunscreen - An Interview With Raw Elements Owner Brian Guadagno

January 11, 2021 5 min read 0 Comments

Read More
Top
★Reviews

See the Stoke

684 reviews
91%
(625)
7%
(45)
1%
(8)
0%
(0)
1%
(6)
Not sold on it

I had really high hopes. I have been able to use the Bula on a couple good days. I'm liking my old board better so far. But will try it a couple more times before I return it just to be sure. I have none of the below issues with my Enjoy planer, and thinking of going back.
1. The dam thing is not secure on my hand. No mater how tight I make it. It litterally pops off my hand while on a wave. Its getting really anoying having to constantly pay attention to it.
2. I switch my hand depending on the wave direction. It's tough for me to get a grip on the nose, pull it off then pull tightly on other hand in time. I've missed a couple good ones because of this.
3. The pad that goes accross the top of my hand doesnt cover my whole hand and the seam starts to rub on my hand and is uncomfortable.
4. Not a huge deal but wasnt happy that there were some small cosmetc defects on the board. Eslescially for the price
5. The board bag is kind of ridiculous. Its huge and picture on website isnt to scale, but I probably just wont use it. It was basically free.

I think the only thing I can say positive is I think it has good control... after getting used to the angle I need, and may be a bit more bouyant to pull me out of water for speed. But i need to try it a few times more and figure out how to keep the dam thing on!

I am giving these to my grandsons at the end of the month. I am sure they will love them.

Hand slyde

The leash works amazing i won't go out without my leash on....

Bula hand board

This handboard is exactly what I was looking for. The size and craftsmanship is fantastic! I have gotten some great rides with this board. Super fun.

Ready for the Senior Tour

I received my Slyde Phish just before 2 weeks of gloomy weather. Now that I’ve had a chance to road test it, I can’t wait to get back in the water.

Growing up in Long Island NY, body surfing was my first wave gliding experience. Typically we would drive straight to shore so surfing the diagonal has been a learning curve.

I look forward to many great sets this summer.

Matthew Papish (59)
Laguna Beach