An Interview with Professional Surf Photographer, Jimmy Wilson


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Jimmy “Jimmicane” Wilson, lives an astounding life. Since pursuing his dream of becoming a surf photographer at only 14 years old, my younger brother has traveled to some of the most remote and beautiful destinations on the planet - in the company of world-class surfers and swimsuit models, of course.

Jimmy is the former Photo Editor at Surfing Magazine, two-time Red Bull Illume Finalist, and is now the Online Content Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Vans Surf, working from home in Southern California. He has also worked at Eastern Surf Magazine, Transworld Surf, and has contributed to Surfer and Stab Magazines.

In this episode of Badass Digital Nomads, Jimmy shares what a day in the life of a surf photographer is like, including stories of multiple life-or-death experiences he has witnessed in his travels around the world (like the time he saw Mick Fanning get attacked by a shark in J-Bay, South Africa).

He shares how he funded his passion for surf photography by painting houses in Puerto Rico, and how to turn doing what you love into a long-term career while giving back to your community and the planet.

Jimmy also offers tips and advice on how to to reinvent yourself when circumstances force your industry to change (or go extinct).

In the Lightning Round, I ask about:

  • Which camera and equipment he uses
  • His favorite surf destination and non-surf destination
  • Cheap flight/travel hacks
  • Jet Lag tips
  • How to stay motivated working at home
  • A photography tip everyone should know
  • What his future goals include

I hope that this episode inspires you to carve your own path in the world and serves as a reminder for how much we can learn about ourselves and the world through travel!

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