INTERVIEW: Surf Photographer Izzy Hobbs

On a board or behind a lens, Aussie photographer and avid surf/skateboarder Izzy Hobbs is constantly inspired by the active women around her - and she’s got the stunning photos to prove it. Whether she’s shooting friends like Claire Parsons riding the waves on the Gold Coast, or creating content for magazines and brands like Paradiso Magazine or Ways Away surfboards, or surfing herself, Izzy lets spontaneity guide her.

We caught up with the photographer after her La Bamba shoot with Claire to talk inspiration, icons, and advice for conquering the waves.

Izzy captured Claire Parsons hitting the waves on the Gold Coast.

When did you first start surfing?

I started surfing when I was 10 years old in Sydney. My family had a friend from France staying with us, he was 24 at the time and he taught me everything I love today. I owe it to him for my love of surfing, skating and photography.

 

What do you do when you’re not in the water?

When I’m not in the water I’m either skating, taking photos, or drinking a beer.

 

How did you get into photography?

I had always had a little interest in photography when I was super young. I remember so clear when I was about 8 I got this little point and shoot camera for my birthday and we went to the zoo. I took as many photos as I could that day and I was so proud of them haha. I think from then on it was always in my mind to become a photographer.

 

What are three words to describe your photography style?

Natural

Spontaneous

Contemporaneous

 

Who are some of your photography icons?

Fran Miller who is also local to Coolangatta, she’s helped me a lot growing up with my photography and given me lots of good advice. Sebastien Zanella is also one of my favorites, his photos are just all so beautiful. Woody Gooch also captures some amazing moments.

 

How do you get over any fears you may have of surfing/being in the water?

For me, I know that the more time in the water will help me become more comfortable so I focus on that. Also, the ocean is way out of our control so the ability to let go and know that whatever happens, happens.

 

What keeps you inspired?

The ocean itself keeps me inspired. The beauty of our world is amazing and I want to capture it in my own way.

 

Do you have any advice for women just beginning to surf?

I think the best thing to do is find someone you feel comfortable with and paddle out with them. Just take your time. It’s all experience, just be patient and keep at it.

 

What are three things you must have when you’re going out for a day in the water?

Suncream definitely!

Cold beers on the beach

Friends

 

Where is your dream surf destination?

I don’t really have one, I think I just want to travel and experience lots of different spots!

 

What’s your beauty routine after a day in the water?

Not much. Just moisturize and drink lots of water, because I’m usually sunburned.

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?

Everything happens for a reason.

 

For more from Izzy, follow her at @izsea_ on Instagram.