Emmy Award winning Dan Merkel has been one of the sport of surfing's legendary lensmen for 30+ years. Dan "the Man Mountain" (nicknamed by Gerry Lopez) is responsible for some of the "Free Ride" era's most memorable images. His insatiable appetite for the best shot has had him on the go ever since. Abandoning still photography for commercial cinematography in the late seventies and into the 80's and 90's made Merkel one of the most financially successful shooters of his peer group. Big Wednesday, Endless Summer II and countless other films have benefited from Dan's keen eye and unwavering drive to be the best he can be. Merkel has picked up the still camera again and his images can be seen in most all major surf publications as well as industry advertising campaigns.