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(Friday) 4.22.11

In Focus: John Salanoa


If you’ve ever seen John Salanoa down on the sand (usually in Huntington or Newps), you know what I mean when I say that he can be kind of intimidating to approach (he’s a big guy… kinda scary.) But, if you’ve made the effort to say “Aloha”, you also know that he’s one of the most mellow, genuine guys you’ll ever meet.

John’s been playing with cameras for a solid decade, and has been shooting professionally for the last 6 years. You can catch John’s work in Transworld Surf, Ghetto Juice, and orangecounty.com regularly (his shots look unreal in print.)

“I started shooting surfing more and more because of the love of the sport… as I get older and fatter, I spend less time surfing and more time shooting. I need a diet! ” says John.

John was born on Oahu and it shows right away that he’s a walking example of the “Aloha Spirit”. “My brother Les Falatea was one of the underground big wave surfers of the North Shore. He’s remembered every year at “The Eddie.” You’ll see his name on the honoree invites with A.I., Mark Foo and others.” says John.

The thing that impresses me most about John is simple… His unwavering dedication toward his craft. He’s out there on the sand, shooting for hours on end, every single day. And it doesn’t hurt that he holds awe-inspiring talent to back that commitment up. His images are incendiary.

John’s traveled all over the world shooting surf. “I’ve traveled up and down the West Coast, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama, and Tahiti” says John. As accomplished as this guy is on paper, his humble attitude and friendly demeanor are the things that get John his loyal contacts. On any given day, you’ll see John meeting up with Brett Simpson, Chris Waring, Teddy Navarro, as well as all the local groms, to get some work done. “If I would have known the pay scale in surf photography, I would have become a plumber,” says John jestingly.

“Make today the best day of your life.”

Mahalo John.

Quick Facts/Information


Web: www.johnsalanoa.com
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Favorite spot to shoot: : 12 foot Pipe
Fun Fact: “I don’t know why, but I’m addicted to ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’ There’s just something about a bunch of old cougars trying to be famous I can’t get enough of.”

*If you’d like to be featured as a Solspot “In Focus” photographer, contact jon@solpsot.com … Shaka!


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