Dave Nelson


What can I say about Dave Nelson, I’ve known this guy for over 25 years. I still remember the first time I ever met him. I was surfing a rare left sand bar North of Santa Cruz, Just sitting in the line up minding my own business, when I see this guy paddling out yelling “Yea Meekster”. I’m thinking to myself (who the hell is this guy)? So he gets in the line up and burns me on his first wave! Well, right there I knew I was dealing with someone who is either going to get some serious beatings or become a really good friend, well Nelly ended up becoming a really good friend. This guy has way to many classic stories to go into at this point, so we’ll have to save that for another article!

Nelly has been through he ringer and has paid his dues more than a lot of people out there, I mean he has battled some serious demons and survived. He is a funny, sarcastic, talented human. I’ve traveled abroad with him, watched him pull into huge Mexican tubes, I’ve skated sick spots with him and I’ve downed thousands of gallons of beer with him, before he changed his life and became clean!

In the surf photography world he is a force to be reckoned with. He travels the world as a hired gun to shoot some of the best surfers at some of the best surf spots that the world has to offer. So check out a small sample of his work, from this surf, skating, golfing, family man.

I’m sure you will be stoked!