Surfing is rife with stereotypes of laid-back, tanned athletes in tropical locales. But go beyond the surface and you’ll find some of the most interesting subcultures in sport, from bike-and-surf gangs to teenage girls who ride in Bangladesh. Not to mention, where there are waves to ride, there is very often someone who has tried, no matter how unusual the location.
Surfer, designer, and illustrator Andrew Groves gathered unexpected imagery of these dedicated wave-hunters (plus board-shapers and artists) for Surf Odyssey, a new coffee table book. The result is an atypical surf book that’s more than just nice to look at (though it is that, too). Featuring some of the best photographers in the world, Surf Odyssey dives deep into the secret worlds that develop around a passion for waves.
Photo: Lee’s mesmerizing, balletic images of surfers and swimmers above and below the water are shaped by her own childhood growing up by the sea and by her adult life as a surfer and long-distance swimmer. Many of her photographs are shot through with vibrant, jewel-like colors that amplify the elegance of the figures as they drift through their adopted aquatic home.