Sunday, February 6, 2011

Jeff Johnson: Inspiration to get out there and do stuff.

Jeff Johnson, photographed by Chris Orwig.

Abalone Fisherman, Chile. Jeff Johnson.

Chris Malloy hacking it in Chile. Jeff Johnson.

Before the mast fell off. Jeff Johnson.

Porta-ledge bivvy on El Cap, Yosemite Valley, California.
Jeff Johnson.

For the past couple of years, every time I checked Jeff Johnson's website all it had was a single image of the front cover of one of his books and the words "new website coming soon".
Soon has become now, it's up there and is well worth the wait. He's timed it nicely to coincide with the release and hype of his latest film/book project 180 South, and it's crammed full of inspiring images from his various projects. He describes himself as an "everyman" but here's the lowdown: Surfer, climber, photographer, story-teller, on/off Patagonia employee, traveller and do-er of interesting things.
He's best known for his friendship and work with the Malloy brothers, surfing and taking them climbing ever since they lived together on the North Shore of Oahu. Whilst the three brothers were sponsored surfers being flown off on various trips across the globe, Jeff worked as a lifeguard and did "fireman" shifts as a flight attendant to facilitate his lifestyle. Check Bend to Baja, a bio-fuel powered surfing and climbing road-trip, their explorative outrigger canoe trips, sailing, climbing...the list goes on. It's inspiring.

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