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Cold Water Souls (4 of 4): Zach Wormhoudt

A portrait series of surfers from Santa Cruz, CA photographed for the book titled Cold Water Souls by author Chris Nelson. Outtakes, selections, and archives on Northern California surfing below.

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Surfer Zach Wormhoudt, Santa Cruz, CA | “Cold Water Souls”



 Zach Wormhoudt represents Santa Cruz well. His father Ken Wormhoudt, built the legendary Derby skatepark in 1976 that has been featured in classic skate videos and magazines. The park still stands today as a mecca for skaters visiting Santa Cruz and is a landmark to local residents.  Zach is also a humble and well respected surfer in the lineup at Mavericks and has won a Billabong XXL Award for the biggest paddle-in wave one winter.

California skate culture owes a big thanks to the Wormhoudt family. Not just for Derby but for all of the amazing skateparks Wormhoudt Inc has built up and down the state. It has made a huge impact in the lives of skaters young and old with me being one of them. I’ve worn out plenty of shoes, gone through numerous decks and wheels, and had some great times with friends riding these parks. So what do you do when you get to photograph a person who has played a role in your life by building bowls and pools that you previously only dreamed about? You come with gifts, a handshake, and gratitude.

Sequence of Zach Wormhoudt surfing Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, CA | “Cold Water Souls”
Zach Wormhoudt surfing Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, CA | “Cold Water Souls”

Cold Water Souls, by UK author Chris Nelson will be published world-wide will be available at select book shops, surf shops, and on

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Jay Watson
San Francisco Bay Area based lifestyle and people photographer Jay Watson shoots editorial, apparel, automotive, corporate, and sports subjects for commercial clients. Published in over 70 magazines.

2 Responses to Cold Water Souls (4 of 4): Zach Wormhoudt

  1. Great pictures I love the first shot, well composed and great back light. The action shots are cool too, you must have good lens

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