Dan Merkel

Photographer, Cinematographer

Emmy Award winning and Nikon award winning Dan Merkel has been one of the sport of surfing’s legendary lensmen for 40+ years. Dan “the Man Mountain” (nicknamed by Gerry Lopez) is responsible for some of the “Free Ride” era’s most memorable images.

Abandoning photography for commercial cinematography in the late 70’s and into the 80’s and 90’s made Merkel one of the most successful shooters of his peer group. Merkel’s images can be seen in most major surf publications as well as industry advertising campaigns.



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