Andres Charruff: Surf Photographer

Beyond The Frame

Welcome to another episode of Surf Bank's Beyond The Frame where we dive into the captivating world of surf and ocean photography, going beyond mesmerising captures exploring the backstory of many talented photographers. In this episode we will be hearing from passionate surf photographer Andres Charruff based in Mexico. Beyond the frame aims to inspire and inform future surf photographers and ocean lovers being your backstage pass to detailed insights from the minds behind stunning surf shots.

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What Did Your Childhood Look Like?

I only visited the beach 15 days a year after a 13-hour trip, thanks to my parents! There I spent the time looking at surfboards in the surf shops! We spent our summers on beaches where there wasn't as much surf! I remember my first bodyboard, which I exchanged for some tickets in the summer edition of a children's magazine which was the exchange for a bodyboard! From the moment I took my first foam to the shore, that's where it all began!

What Came First, Surfing or Photography?

Surfing but only 15 days a year! Later, when I was 17, I had my first compact camera which I carried everywhere!

How Did You Get Into Surf Photography?

I always had the energy to spend hours in the water, swim and explore what was underneath! I had my first action camera with a waterproof housing and I went backpacking along the Pacific coast of PERU and ECUADOR, there I always had the beach, the waves and surfers in my eyes! The water became warmer and clearer as it went up! Colors that I had never seen on the coast where I spent the summer on my vacations as a child! I used up my daily battery with photographs of waves, fish and what I could take of the surfers! Hence, every time I am in the sea there is always my fight in my head if I go surfing or take photographs! I want to clarify that I enjoy both equally.

Photo By Andres Charruff

Where Do You Normally Shoot?

I shoot in La Punta, Puerto Escondido, Mexico and its surroundings.

Where Do You Shoot? Water or Land?

Water! I like to feel that effort to get a good shot! There is always adrenaline and fun! I prefer water, I still don't have the equipment to drink from outside!

What Makes The Perfect Image?

The one that makes me comfortable! Many times I am far away or in the wrong position, but a beautiful light, colors, gestures and action come out that make the perfect set for my photo!

Photo By Andres Charruff

How Did You Become So Involved In The Surf Scene?

I always go out with friends on some trips and explore new waves! Some places are not so easy to fit in as a photographer but others always welcome you with open arms! You always have to ask and respect the local! Try to move around in events, this keeps you alive and opens the doors you are looking for!

Do You Have A Favourite Photographer That Has Inspired You?

Phew! There are several, I don't know where to start! @pato.surfphoto, @ez.rivero, @mariafernandaphoto, @anacatarinaphoto plus many more! They all have different styles which I like and I am inspired by designs, editing, longboard/shortboard, big waves, small waves and I appreciate everyone.

What's Your Biggest Challenge To Overcome When Shooting?

My biggest challenge would probably be entering the world of photography with Camera/Housings! But even more challenging is physically training! I'm very lazy with that topic haha!

Photo By Andres Charruff

Andres's Favourite Shot Taken

I'm a fan of action photography! But this gives me the feeling of what surfing is, friends waiting for the wave, the tranquility and the sunset! It was at the Mexico Log Fest, 2023.

Favourite Shot By Andres Charruff

Personal Message

Buck up! Take your camera and practice with perfect or choppy waves, there is always something good! If you are going to enter the water you always have to be safe, ask the locals what the current or rocks are like. What I ask for most is respect and friendship! In every surf environment (surfer / photographers) there are waves and photos for everyone! It is not always money, remember that we do this because we are passionate about photography, the sea and everything that surrounds it. Let's take care outside and inside the sea!

Andres's Future Plans

I'm looking for the perfect camera for me! At this moment I'm waiting for confirmations if I remain in port or move to Sayulita! Then I will go to Baja Norte Mexico to collaborate with my friend @jacobsweghandshapes, and of course again to the Mexico Log Fest 2024!

You can keep up to date with Andres's new projects and recent captures on his Instagram and direct message him anytime!

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Photo By Andres Charruff

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