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Erik Aeder, Legends

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I grew up in La Jolla, CA and strated surfing at the age of 13 and started shooting pictures of surfing at the age of 14.  I first shoot B+W and developed them in a neighbors darkroom and sold them to the surfers for 50 cents.  I was first published at the age of 16 with a photograph taken while swimming at a location called Big Rock.  After graduating high school I went across the Pacific to the University of Guam.  I had my first taste of tropical water there and I was hooked.  I returned to San Diego a year later but was not inspired by the colder water so I left for Maui with a friend on his suggestion, in January of 1975.  I felt more at home here than San Diego so I stayed and began working to build up my photography.

I could not make a living at the time from shooting surfing so I worked in the restaraunts and  would  save up money every couple of years and take off for various exotic  estinations until the money ran out and then come back to Maui and do it again.  When windsurfing began to take hold on the north shore of Maui I dialed in to it and quit the restaurants to pursue my dream  of ocean sports photography.  With each new sport; kitesurfing, tow surfing at Jaws, SUP, I was positioned to capture the various developing ways of interacting with the ocean.  It has been a passion of mine for over 40 years now.

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