The Top 12 Best Surf Photographers on Instagram in 2019


Matt Burgess

Instagram: matt_burgess_photo

Location: Mornington Peninsula, VIC, Australia

Matt Burgess is an International award winning ocean photographer currently exploring the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. Matt is amazed by the relationship between water and light, and is often found in the ocean before sunrise and after sunset.

 Matt Burgess


Jacob Noble

Instagram: jacobnoblee

Location: Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

You’ll mainly find Jacob shooting at the Duranbah and Kirra beaches of the Gold Coast in Australia. We particularly like his dusk and night time shots.

 Jacob Noble


Seb Diaz

Instagram: surfographer

Location: Bondi, NSW, Australia

Although based in Bondi, Seb travels frequently to Hawaii and California. Look out for his gnarly shots of The Wedge in California.



Clark Little

Instagram: clarklittle

Location: North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Clark is one of the most famous surf photographers on Instagram. He specialises in taking death-defying photos at Waimea’s famous shore break.

 Clark Little


Mike Harris

Instagram: mikeharrisvisuals

Location: Huntington Beach, CA, USA

You’ll generally find Mike shooting down at the Wedge in California. His fearless shots of backwash-laden barrels has become one of his trademarks.

 Mike Harris


Mike Pessah

Instagram: mjpessah

Location: SoCal, USA

Mike specialises in sunset and night time shots in Southern California. The yellow and orange beams that illuminate his photos are stunningly beautiful.

 Mike Pessah


Tim McKenna

Instagram: timmckenna

Location: Teahupo'o, Tahiti

Born in Sydney in 1968, Tim McKenna is a leading figure in action sport photography. Tim is now based with his wife and son on the Island of Tahiti and is one of the preeminent surf photographers at Teahupo'o.

 Tim McKenna


Andrew Semark

Instagram: anjsemark

Location: South West WA, Australia

Andrew’s brave photos of south west WA’s monster waves make the swells looks like creatures emerging from the deep.

 Andrew Semark


Ben Thouard

Instagram: benthouard

Location: Teahupo'o, Tahiti

At 22, Ben decided to move to Tahiti from his hometown in the south of France. Ben quickly made Teahupo’o his backyard and a name for himself as one of the best photographers of the famous wave.

Ben Thouard


Corey Wilson

Instagram: corey_wilson

Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Corey was born in Santa Cruz, California and first met Mick Fanning in 2012 at surf events around the Gold Coast. Ever since then, Corey and Mick have developed a very strong friendship and Corey has captured Mick on waves all around the world. Mick Fanning’s self-titled 2018 photo book was shot and compiled by Corey.

Corey Wilson


Hayden Richards

Instagram: sa_rips

Location: SA, Australia

Hayden, or “Rich” as he prefers to be known, manages a caravan park in remote South Australia with his wife and four kids. The desolate and isolated coastline of this remote part of the world is perfectly captured in all of his shots with haunting beauty.

Hayden Richards


Margarita Salyak

Instagram: margarita_salyak

Location: Moscow, Russia

Born and raised in Moscow, Margarita Salyak was a fish out of water in Russia’s frigid temperatures. She has now dedicated her life to photographing world class tropical waves year round. Margarita’s photos speak for themselves. Perfect barrels, colourful skies and crystal clear waters are all captured with a tasteful and talented eye.

Margarita Salyak


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