Thomas Fotomas: 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 Thomas Pitois, massive in the space of surf photography and well known for the artistic style of his shots. 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.

Thomas Fotomas Gallery

What Did Your Childhood Look Like?

I was born in the Paris region and I never lacked anything except the company of my brother and the education of my father who left after my parents divorced when I was 7 years old.

What Came First, Surfing or Photography?

Surfing came first for me.

How Did You Get Into Surf Photography?

I started photography with beach landscapes. The light in the south west of France is so beautiful that I spent my time contemplating the landscape so I wanted to share this source of tranquility. Then as I have always been passionate about the image of sport naturally I turned to surfing, with all the athletes here it was difficult to get through it.

Photo By Thomas Fotomas

Where Do You Normally Shoot?

Hossegor, France

Where Do You Shoot? Water or Land?

I normally shoot from land setting up on the beach looking out to the ocean.

What Makes The Perfect Image?

For me the light and the surfers style is everything.

How Did You Become So Involved In The Surf Scene?

I took a photo of a pro surfer named Patrick Bevin (@patbeven) during an epic session which turned out great and that's how I started to be known in the surfing world.

Do You Have A Favourite Photographer That Has Inspired You?

No particularly, however I follow @tommypierucki for a long time now and without knowing him personally I find his attitude cool and his photos are just perfect!

What's Your Biggest Challenge To Overcome When Shooting?

To be in the right place at the right time. Where I shoot with the sandbanks, the spots can evolve quickly. I also try to consume as little fuel as possible in relation to the number of photos I take.

Thomas's Equipment List

Camera & Lenses

Thomas sticks with his Canon 5D mark ll using canon 100 x 300 f 4/5.6 is usm. When shooting with a drone he uses the Mavic Air 2.

Thomas's Favourite Shot Taken

My last favorite surf shot was last week with my drone. It's so hard to have good shot with a drone so when I have one I'm so happy!

Photo By Thomas Fotomas

Personal Message

Try to limit your plans and trip around the world to surf or to shoot. Do it first with what you have in your hands and near your home. Keep the surf spots clean, learn to swim before you surf, avoid consuming unnecessarily, support local businesses and respect different people taking care of the most vulnerable.

Thomas's Future Plans

I may begin giving lessons in photography and digital art to inspire up and coming photographers.


You can keep up to date with Thomas's new shots and projects through Instagram or purchase his amazing work here Thomas's Work

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Photo By Thomas Fotomas

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