A natural attraction to water and the magic contained within first led Erik Simonson sailing in 1978, crewing for a friend most weekends aboard a 21' foot day sailor on San Francisco Bay. The lust for sailing continued well into the 80's as he ventured further from shore on bigger and faster boats offshore in Northern California, in Hawaii, and the Caribbean where he picked up on the new sport of Windsurfing. Later working as a river guide, Erik enjoyed the thrill and beauty of cascading water through narrow canyons throughout the west guiding for White Water Voyages. Wintering in the Tahoe area, Erik learned to play on frozen water and soon mastered the art of telemarking, opening doors to the vast bounty of snow away from the congested resorts. In 1985, he borrowed a used Pentax ME super, that led Erik to a fascination with photography, and landed himself a cover for the WWV brochure and The Tahoe World that same year.
Erik returned to the SF Bay Area in the late 80's and re-acquainted himself with the salt water, obtaining his Coast Guard Captain's License while working as a sailing instructor at OCSC in Berkeley. He continued to shoot in the marine arena, focusing primarily on weekend sailing regattas, windsurfing and coastal imagery. Success has been gradually building ever since, with a large library of marine images, many published worldwide as proof of his broad success.
With an eye to environmentally sensitive subject matter,
Erik has continued to build this vast library, with stock from Maxi yachts
to small dinghies, windsurfing, surfing, coastal scenic, travel, whitewater,
winter, flyfishing, aerial and outdoor kids images from Northern California
and beyond. From in, on, and high above the water, Erik's photo collection
reflects the beauty, power and impact of water, wind and waves on our little