ARTIST’S STATEMENT:
There’s nothing quite like the motivation of a beautiful woman to get you to try a sport that you’ve always wished you could do but never thought you could pick it up past your 10th birthday. This is the motivation that I felt three years ago when I met the woman of my dreams who would become my best friend and wife.

Chris-Sembrot, photographs, urban-surfers

© Chris Sembrot

I always knew some of my friends surfed but I never REALLY knew what that meant. Being from Philly, I knew people surfed at the Jersey Shore, which is pretty obvious if you hit the beach each summer. But not knowing the culture and the passion that drives some individuals to wake up at 4am and drive 2+ hours each way just to get a couple hours in during a swell, I was basically clueless what surfing really meant to them.

Chris-Sembrot, photographs, urban-surfers

© Chris Sembrot

This project is directly inspired by three friends of mine: Adrian Castillo, Chris “Cakes” Savaiano and Jim “Hammer” Hammell who took me under their wings and suffered with the humiliation (that I still bring when I go out with them) of helping a newbie. Their dedication to teaching and insisting I go out with them whenever they go, helped me confidently say to that beautiful girl I met for coffee three years ago that, “I surf”.

Chris-Sembrot, photographs, urban-surfers

© Chris Sembrot

Chris-Sembrot, photographs, urban-surfers

© Chris Sembrot

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Chris Sembrot first cut his teeth in the commercial photography world while working as an agency art buyer and producer. For the past few years, Chris has been living and working out of his hometown of Philadelphia. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphis, PDN, American Photography and OneEyeland. Some of his clients include Converse, Reebok, Fuse Network, Guardian Guide, Red Bull, Majestic Athletic and Nylon Magazine.

In his spare time, Chris enjoys surfing, building furniture, brewing beer, and developing ideas for his next adventure.