Mikey DeTemple is a photographer and professional surfer from Long Island, New York.
Mikey grew up the son of a commercial clammer on the Great South Bay. He immersed himself in surf culture from a young age, competing in surf contests up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Mikey joined the World Longboard Tour in 2002, establishing his competitive record on the international stage for eight years.
In the water, DeTemple’s modern adaptation of time-honored style makes it clear that he doesn’t give up on a good thing, even in the midst of complications. Though medical issues had the potential to prevent him from ever surfing again, he refused to be put out of commission – he was enjoying life too much as it was.
Rather than letting go of the past, he used that secondhand spark to drive him forward. The experience of hardship contextualized the past, underscoring the transience of health and vitality. Threatened by the possibility of missing out on what he loved, DeTemple adopted an almost frantic energy to live life to its fullest.