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  Kirstin Scholtz

Kirstin Scholtz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa but moved to Cape Town (on the coast) at the age of 12 where the ocean immediately captured her heart and sparked the beginning of what was to become a lifelong pursuit to be in it or near it. The product of divorced parents she grew up constantly packing a suitcase and boarding an airplane, something that hasn't changed to this day.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism Degree specialising in Photojournalism from Rhodes University, Grahamstown in South Africa, a chance encounter with Pierre Tostee, the world's first digital surf photographer, presented the opportunity of a lifetime and she began working for his company Tostee.com in September 2004.

As if life couldn't get any better, she flew to Hawaii that November to assist the team shoot the Triple Crown of Surfing on Hawaii's famed North Shore where she learned all about digital photography and work flow, not to mention witness Waimea Bay roar to life at 25ft and see Bruce Irons win the Eddie Aikua event.

For the next three years Kirstin was based out of Durban, South Africa handling the media and event photography for South African surf wear brands Lizzard and Mr Price. During this time she fulfilled the role of Media Manager at the 6 Star Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series Mr Price Pro (which she continues to do to this day) as well as travelled to select ASP Men's and Women's World Tour events as an assistant photographer.

Working alongside many of the world's best surf photographers including Pierre Tostee, Karen Wilson and Aaron Chang, Kirstin learned the ropes of digital photography and workflow developing her own unique photographic style to earn her place as a fully fledged member of the ASP digital photography team.

In 2008, Kirstin was offered the position as the lead shooter on the ASP Men’s World Tour for Covered Images. That year she packed her suitcase and never unpacked, traveling full time shooting the ASP World Championship Tour and managing the ASP digital photography team.

In 2010 Kirstin was offered the position as lead shooter and digital imaging manager with the ASP and continues to spend ten months of the year on the road, shooting many of the World’s most exotic and wave rich locations such as Australia, Tahiti, Brasil, California, South Africa, France, Spain and Hawaii.
 
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