John Respondek, known as “Sponnas” to his mates, is a renowned photographer specialising in capturing unique moments in the ocean and glimpses of the amazing lifestyle that goes with the territory.
At an early age John always enjoyed surfing and being in the ocean, and he later combined this with a passion for taking pics. John’s commitment to photography was cemented when he worked in labouring, saving all his pennies to procure professional camera equipment. Then he honed his skills shooting photos of local shredders, before quickly advancing into published content within a variety of surf outlets.
John launched into his professional surf photography career when he accepted an invitation to photograph the ground-breaking “7 days, 7 slaves” surf trip for Waves magazine which featured seven of the world’s most celebrated surfers. During the next 12 years, John spent his time travelling the world and shooting for many leading surf magazines including Tracks, Stab, Surfing Life, Surfing World and Surfer Magazine to name a few. Over these years, he also worked closely with prominent surf companies such as Billabong, Quiksilver, Rip Curl, Rusty and Globe.
These days John spends most of his time enjoying the freedom of travelling and working with his best surf pals. Because for him, it’s just as much about the good times as it is about the photography. Let the good times roll.