The Great Road Trip 2017

June 1 – September 15, 2018

The summer season is considered the flatter season on the Great Lakes. Big waves conditions are less frequent and Great Lakes surfers switch their short boards for long boards or paddle boards.

This summer Ryan Osman, Great Lakes surf photographer and graduate of Water Resources Engineering in Hydrogeology, will be actively trying to document the surfing scene on the wavy and stormy days, while also seeking out some hidden gems of the Great Lakes.

“Having studied hydrogeology and being a Great Lakes surf photographer, I want to explore all the undiscovered gems of the Great Lakes and help protect them”

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About Ryan Osman

Ryan Osman. Great Lakes surf photographer and graduate of Water Resources Engineering in Hydrogeology Master’s program, University of Guelph.

Ryan was born in Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. Growing up, many family trips were taken for hiking and days spent at beaches, and a life-long love of the ocean was established. Over time Ryan realized he enjoyed being behind the camera more than in front of it, becoming the family photographer.

It was in 2011 that he moved to Canada to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering. During spare time, his passion grew for photography and in 2014, he submitted a photo to the University’s undergraduate visual and literary journal the “Kaleidoscope” and made the cover.

In 2015, while studying for his Master’s at the University of Guelph he travelled to the East coast of Canada. While surfing, he injured his knee and found himself on the shore more than in the waves yet also spent his time photographing other surfers. He was hooked on photography as he found something so captivating about surf photography – being able to capture shots of people who are so “in-tune” with nature, and experiencing the power of the water. Once back in Ontario, a fellow surfer introduced him to surfing the Great Lakes, and showed Ryan some sweet spots not far from home. Before moving to Canada, he was completely unaware of the Great Lakes, and like many, had no idea people surfed there. It was a pleasantly surprised and now surfs “The Greats” Lakes on a regular basis, while also becoming the main focus of his photography.

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