G'day. Everyday, I get up at the crack of dawn, slide my camera into my water housing and head to the beach. Where I live, I have access to four beaches that cover the majority of swell and wind directions, I can shoot almost every day of the year.
To keep my camera safe from the elements, I use a housing from Liquid Eye Water Housings. There are many housings on the market, so go and do some research if you're interested. The camera I use is a Canon 5D Mark IV and I usually pair that with a 50mm or 85mm lens, occasionally opting for something a little longer, the 70-200mm. On my feet I have a pair of DaFins.
Busiest Beaches in Australia
Sydney's surf lineups are the busiest in the country, and on a pumping day it can feel as if you're swatting flies trying to duck out of the way of every drop in on every wave. Surfing etiquette is essentially non-existent here and swimming amongst it can feel quite overwhelming at times, but it's worth it for that one morning where everything comes together.
Surfing vs Ocean Photography
I don't necessarily favour one over the other, it really depends on the conditions and what the ocean is doing. Sometimes I'm shooting both concurrently, sometimes I don't even take a shot and just enjoy being in the ocean and witnessing some incredible moments.