PORTRAIT XVIIIMIKEY DETEMPLE NEW YORK
Mikey DeTemple is reluctant to describe himself as a city guy. His parents met while surfing in the ’70s and his father was a commercial clam digger, so he all but grew up on the beaches of Long Island, New York. After more than a decade competing in international surf contests, his camera never far from his side, the 34-year-old made the move into filmmaking and photography and embraced city life. Now, he explains, both worlds are integral to his daily life.
“I can’t have only one or the other. I couldn’t do New York without getting to the ocean and surfing, and I couldn’t just do surfing without New York. I need the balance, the crazy and the quiet. It’s kind of the way I operate.” So that’s exactly how the 34-year-old filmmaker, photographer and surfer lives: with one foot in the chaos and “gritty charm” of NYC and the other out in the calm and solitude of the ocean. His parents met while surfing in the ‘70s and his father was a commercial clam digger, so the beach has always been a huge part of his life. He spent more than a decade competing in international surf contests, his camera never far from his side, before making the full switch over to media.Read more