Jeff Fingleton, 44, amateur surf photographer
“I brought a Canon 7D with 700ml lens and have been to five World Tour events this year,” said Fingleton proudly. “I want to become a surf photographer and give up being a printer cartridge changer. That’s my dream. I haven’t actually sold any photos, but my nephew did “like” a shot of Taj Burrow on Facebook, so that’s a start. I’ve had heaps of offers for my work to be used in return for a credit to my Instagram, which seems fair.”
Jeff is in this crowd in Hossegor, shooting.
Sophie Green, 21, marketing assistant, Surf Brand Inc.
“I have been here six months. It’s been awesome, although mainly filing, and mainly (totally) unpaid work. One day John John came into the office. I didn’t meet him, or see him, but he was there, which is cool. I don’t surf, I just see this as a stepping stone to a getting a proper job in real fashion.”
Jade and Jack Dirmbach, 23, new surf brand owners
“Our new surf fashion brand is ethical, fashionable and totally unique. At this stage we just do t-shirts, but the cotton is sourced from sustained yak farms and no Chinese children have died in the process. In five years we want to be as big as Quiksilver, we believe in this brand that much. Last year we sold 50 shirts, and the year before just 20, so the growth has been amazing.”