Michael Owen Jones

 Michael Owen Jones

Michael Owen Jones

Currently an American transplant in Australia, it feels like I live on a never ending surf trip. I’m originally from the Bay Area in California and eventually ended up in Florida. Taking photos of action sports and building websites became a passion, and eventually led me to the University of North Florida. I graduated with a Bachelor of Graphic Design & Digital Media in 2011, and straight after graduation I left for a “gap year” in Australia to go see the Quicksilver Pro in Coolangatta. 5 years later I’m still here running Tides Creative, a marketing & media company based in Byron Bay.

 

How did you get into surf photography? I grew up around some very talented surfers, skaters and skim boarders so I started taking my parent’s camera to the beach and posting photos on a crappy AngelFire website.

Where’s your favourite place to shoot? Fiji without a doubt. I’ve only been twice, but the clarity of the water breaking over 2 feet of water on razor sharp reef makes for dramatic photos. Cloudbreak and Restaurants are just insane waves to surf and to photograph.

 Parko celebrating in Snapper Rocks parking lot!

Parko celebrating in Snapper Rocks parking lot!

Which is your favourite photograph you’ve ever taken? When Joel Parkinson won the 2012, he decided to throw a huge party in the Snapper Rocks parking lot. This photo captures the emotion of Joel ending his title of “the best surfer to never win a world title”. Here is that moment, Parko crowd surfing with the ASP World Title trophy while Wolfmother rocks out.

Favourite surfer to shoot? That would have to be Mick Fanning, he is always out and he surfs so fast that he draws completely different lines from everyone else in the ocean.

A past Surf trip? If I had to pick one, it would have to be my first trip to Fiji. All my friends had excuses and so I went solo. I ended up scoring perfect Cloudbreak 10 days in a row and made some new friends with people from all over the world. Travelling by yourself forces you to be friendly and step out of your comfort zone.

Website: https://ridethetides.com                Instagram: @RideTheTides