What was life like growing up?
I grew up in Costa Mesa, California. My childhood was pretty typical for around here, going to the beach every now and then but things really changed for me when I was about 15. That’s when I started to get really into skimboarding and photography. I spent most of my summer days hanging out down at The Wedge shooting photos and skimming with friends.
What is the feeling that you get when you are surfing?
Surfing just makes me happy, there is nothing else like it. Its clears my mind of any stress and puts me in a better mood than when I got into the water.
Where did you interest in photography come from?
When I was little I always liked to take photos with my mom’s camera. Then my freshman year of high school I ended up volunteering to be one of the yearbook photographers. I didn’t know anything about photography and I didn’t own a camera, I felt like it was just something wanted to do. It ended up just taking me by storm and I decided fairly quickly that photography was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I left high school during my Junior year to do independent study, so that I could pursue photography full-time.
What do you look for in capturing a good image?
I just try to find a different take on whats going on. I feel like there is a lot of repetitiveness in surf photography, so I just try do what I can to be a little different.
Of all the places you have traveled to, what place in particular stands out? And why?
I don’t travel that much but I really like Santa Cruz, its a nice change every now and then from Newport.
Who/what inspires you?
Kyle Lightner inspires me for sure. I have learned a lot from him and he has changed my outlook on photography. Simon Perini’s photography has also been really inspiring to me and he has always been really encouraging.
What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
Probably just to be happy.
What are you most proud of?
Doing what I love to do. I think I lucked out learning that early on in life.
What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
Surfing is pretty much everything to me. It charged my life for the better, from my day to day life, to the people I work with, to my friends.
What brings you the most happiness in the world?
Hard to say, hanging out with friends and surfing is up there on the list…
Who are some of the people you feel are shaping the path for surfing today?
Dave Allee, Kyle Lightner, Cyrus Sutton
What is your favorite board? Your favorite surfspot?
I have two favorite boards right now: My Almond “Sea Kitten” and my Almond “Quadkumber.” They just work so well for the places I surf. My favorite spot is probably 32nd St. in Newport. It’s not the best wave, but I have a lot of fun surfing there.
What’s your favorite meal?
Garlic Bread. I know its not a meal but sometimes I make it one.
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
The Knife, Yeasayer, The Cure, and Fleetwood Mac
What causes/ projects/ organizations do you support?
Almond Surfboards and Designs
What are you most grateful for?
Has to be my friends and family. I know everyone says that but I would not be anywhere without their support.
What’s next for Cam Oden?
I think a lot more work on the video side of things. Other than that, just trying to spread the stoke!
Find out more about Cameron Oden and his work here.