Thomas Soulat: 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 Soulat known for shooting in icy conditions bringing out amazing results. 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 Soulat Gallery

What Did Your Childhood Look Like?

My childhood was full of outdoor sports, discovering nature and exploring new places. Travelling with my parents across France and the different landscapes it has to offer. whether it be the ocean or the mountains.

What Came First, Surfing or Photography?

I started out bodyboarding and as a teenager I began to develop a passion for photography.

How Did You Get Into Surf Photography?

After I started bodyboarding, I soon enjoyed watching other people surfing on the way up to the peak and more and more the idea of immortalising it came to mind.

Where Do You Normally Shoot?

I generally shoot in Brittany, however I also travel to all parts of the French coast depending on the wind and swell.

Photo By Thomas Soulat

Where Do You Shoot? Water or Land?

I prefer to water shoot.

What Makes The Perfect Image?

A beautiful landscape, a wave that breaks perfectly on a reef and a committed surfer.

How Did You Become So Involved In The Surf Scene?

I came to the forefront of the surfing scene thanks to my photos of surfing in Iceland. A region that is often forgotten and that surfers dread a lot because of the cold. My photos have given people a lot of pleasure and a few magazines have reposted my photos.

Do You Have A Favourite Photographer That Has Inspired You?

Chris Burkard and Ben Weiland.

What's Your Biggest Challenge To Overcome When Shooting?

On a slab in Brittany, in the middle of the ocean, the wave breaks in the direction of the flat, which comes out just a little. The wave pushes us towards the flat while the current sends us out to sea. It's very difficult to position yourself perfectly for each wave.

Photo By Thomas Soulat

Thomas's Equipment List

Camera & Lenses

Thomas normally works with the Sony a9 paired with the Sony 20mm 1.8 ; 24-70 f2.8 sigma and Sony 100-400mm/

Water Housing

When Thomas is hooting in the water he choses to use the Aquatech elite for Sony a9


When shooting in cold water Thomas always ensures he has his Sooruz 5/6mm gloves and his boots from Sooruz too

Thomas's Favourite Shot Taken

Photo By Thomas Soulat

A right-left wave in the Greenland Sea in the middle of a snow-covered fjord. My two friends sharing a great session with two seals that joined us.

Thomas's Future Plans

I plan to watershoot in the north of Norway.

Follow @sunday_morningfr

You can keep up to date with Thomas's new projects through Instagram at @sunday_morningfr or @no_palm_tree_surfing and don't hesitate to contact him on his @sunday_morningfr page.

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Photo By Thomas Soulat

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