Speaking from WATER
Step into “Speaking from Water,” where host Sean Ruttkay engages with aquatic legends – from daring big wave surfers to skilled water photographers and surf lifesaving champions. In each immersive, long-form interview, uncover captivating life stories, unique methodologies, and boundless inspiration. Join us for compelling conversations that explore the depths of their experiences and the thrill of their expertise in the water.
Speaking From Water EP32: Ryan Hardy on the soul and bodyboarding from Margaret River, Australia
Speaking From Water EP31: Dave Nilsen on Surf Photography in the Northeast of The United States
Speaking From Water EP30: Jake Stephenson – Capturing Waves and Digital Trends in 2024
Speaking From Water EP29: Bobby Guntoro – Swim Champion to Champion Coach
Speaking From Water EP28: Cian Salmon – Giant Slab Wave Cinema
Speaking From Water EP 26: Wes Carter founder of A New Earth Project
Speaking From Water EP 25: Guy Williment on the art of water photography and KAMCHATK
Speaking From Water EP24 Philosophy of Surfing and Mathematics with special guest Dave Dorosko
Speaking From Water EP 23: Spencer Frost on determination and the making of KAMCHATK
Speaking From Water EP 22: Alex Llines’ Deep Dive into Freediving & Resilience
Dive into the captivating world of freediving with Alex Llines in Episode 22 of our podcast, “Speaking From Water”. Alex’s story is one of profound connection with the ocean, an affinity that began on the sandy shores of Colombia and propelled him into the depths of self-discovery and extraordinary human achievement. In this episode, we explore the pivotal moments that shaped Alex’s life and passions. From early memories of swimming and surfing in Barranquilla to overcoming the turbulent currents of life – including a heart-wrenching battle with cancer and a brush with immigration challenges – Alex’s narrative is a testament to the human spirit’s resilience. With every breath, Alex shares not only the techniques that have allowed him to hold his breath for astonishing lengths but also the mental fortitude required to do so. His insights delve into the intrinsic link between the discipline of freediving and the art of living fully, embracing every moment above and below the surface. Join us as we navigate through Alex’s incredible journey, where each dive teaches us about the depths of perseverance, the importance of a supportive community, and the lessons learned when life’s pressures feel as immense as the ocean’s depths. Like, share, and subscribe to join us on this and future journeys, as we bring stories from the depths to the surface, speaking from water to the soul.
Speaking from WATER EP21 with surf photographer Mathew Tildesley
In Episode 21 of “Speaking From Water,” host Sean Ruttkay sits down with Tasmanian surf photographer, Mathew Tildesley. From his beginnings as a young bodyboarder riding intense slabs, Tildesley shares his journey to becoming a renowned water photographer. After years of pursuing what he deemed a “dead end” in capturing surfers on waves, he shifted his lens to photographing empty waves. But then, a revelation struck – he had to invent a lightbulb. And so he did. Over three years, he meticulously designed an underwater remote-controlled light strobe. The final product was revolutionary. Alongside his photo assistant, Tildesley would venture into the Tasmanian sea at night. They’d anchor near a remote rock slab, and swim out to face a ten-foot crashing wave, positioning themselves on opposite sides of it. As the wave surged and Tildesley clicked the shutter, the strobe would burst into life, revealing a luminous barrel of the wave. The resulting images are unparalleled in their beauty. Dive into this episode to discover more about this fascinating journey.
Speaking from WATER EP20 with Pastor John Ruttkay
Speaking from WATER EP19 with big-wave surf photographer Maria Fernanda Bastidas
Speaking from WATER EP 18 with Surf Guru Jaimal Yogis
Speaking from WATER EP 17 with big wave pioneer Darrick Doerner
Join host Sean Ruttkay in an insightful podcast as he chats with Professional Life Saving Champion Sam Hensen-Thompson. Discover Thompson’s latest USLA Championships win his winning strategies and future goals in Australian surf rescue. Don’t miss this inspiring long-form conversation.
In this podcast, award-winning surf photographer Sean Davey details his aesthetic of water through the mindset of an editorial water photographer to that of a self-reliant modern artist. With over 140 cover shots and thousands of art pieces installed Davey delivers words of inspiration in this long-form water-focused podcast. Join us now.
In this podcast, professional surfer Jamie Mitchell describes his early life growing up on the Gold Coast of Australia. It was there where he fostered his competitive spirit, love of the ocean, and skills that took him to the top of the largest waves ever ridden. Mitchell also sheds light on what it takes physically and mentally to win world-class endurance races as well as paddle surf mountain-sized waves. Join us now for this incredibly inspirational podcast.
In this podcast, surf photographer Scott Sullivan discusses his exceptional life trailblazing the elite world of snowboarding in the ’90s to his current process of shooting extreme waves like the Banzai Pipeline. Sullivan also goes deep into his past relating how growing up with ADHD in the ’80s and discovering punk rock affected and informed the course his life took. Join us now for this inspiring and informative conversation.
In this episode, artist Sean Ruttkay speaks with Surf Photographer Nicole Nason from the North Shore Oahu, Hawaii. Nicole goes deep on how she got started shooting water from a photo and video perspective, life as a young world traveler, and where she sees the industry going now and in the coming years. Join us now for this inspirational conversation.
In this episode, artist Sean Ruttkay speaks with Australian Surf Photographer Matty Dunbar of Narrabeen, NSW, Australia. Matty details his time shooting on tour with the World Surfing League (WSL), gives us his history from curious kid to expert water lensman, and informs us how he goes about shooting the epic breaks of Australia. Join us now for this intriguing conversation.
In this episode, artist Sean Ruttkay speaks with Australian Surf Photographer Peter Jovic. Jovic details the many epic surf breaks in the region along, gives us his history from ocean-loving kid to expert water lensman, and informs us how he goes about shooting slabs. Join us now for this epic conversation.
Speaking from WATER episode 5 with Surf Photographer D.J. Struntz of Wrightsville Beach, NC
In this episode, artist Sean Ruttkay speaks with legendary surf photographer D.J. Struntz of Wrightsville Beach, NC. Struntz is an internationally award-winning photographer who has traveled the globe to over 50 countries as a staff photographer for Surfing Magazine, Globe International, Hawaii Skindiver and has appeared on NBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, and FOX. In this episode, Struntz reviews his trailblazing career, artistic prosses, and philosophy in this hour-long educational session.
Global Surf Gallery: https://globalsurfgallery.com/pages/d-j-struntz
Speaking from WATER episode 4 with Surf Photographer Alan van Gysen of Cape Town, South Africa
In this episode, artist Sean Ruttkay speaks with legendary surf photographer Alan van Gysen of Cape Town, South Africa. Alan van Gysen has been at the top of the surf photography game for decades. He has traveled the world with surfing best and is a true samurai master of water photography. In this episode, van Gysen reviews his epic travels, lifestyle, and world philosophy in this hour-long educational session.
Speaking from WATER episode 3 with Ocean Photographer Jay Greiner of Honolulu, Hawaii
In this episode, artist Sean Ruttkay speaks with ocean artist Jay Greiner from Honolulu, Hawaii. Greiner is an expert at shooting dolphins, whales, and sea turtles in pristine tropical locations. Greiner tells his story of discovering photography only after an accident left him in a state of coma, and details his recovery and newfound purpose in life he found from his near-death experience. His photographic process technique and style are all methodically reviewed in this hour and a half-long educational session.
Links: Art: https://www.jaygreiner.com/
Speaking from WATER episode 2 with guest Pedro Gomes from Chiba, Japan
In this episode, artist Sean Ruttkay speaks with surf artist Pedro Gomes from Chiba, Japan. They discuss how Gomes went from living in Brazil to starting a thriving surf photography business in coastal Japan. His photographic process technique and style are all methodically reviewed in this hour and a half-long educational session.
Speaking from WATER episode 1 with guest Scott Harrison from Newcastle, Australia
In this episode, artist Sean Ruttkay speaks with surf artist Scott Harrison from Newcastle, Australia. They discuss how Harrison left his day job to enter the world of surf photography and where his passion for the water has taken him. His photographic process technique and style are all methodically reviewed in this hour-long educational session.