"My love for both photography and surfing started in my early childhood, while growing up in Southern California. I began shooting with a PENTAX Program Plus and continued to document my life on film, even while pursuing what my family felt to be a more "honorable profession" - medicine. My life was on course and I was pursuing, what I believed, to be the life I wanted. During this time, I was stricken with a life changing illness and faced the possibility of permanent disability. 'My life' was no longer what I had planned.

It was during the crossroad that I made the bold decision to put down my stethoscope and pursue my true passion - photography. Life seldom gives second chances, so I took mine and ran with it.

I've now almost fully recovered and have absolutely no regrets about the career and life changes I have made. I'm back on a surfboard alongside my greatest heroes, and telling their stories by capturing incredible images." - Mark Dimalanta

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