About the Artist:
Cruz's DEBBIE SIDENFADEN-SEK is a sixth-generation
Californian from Laguna Niguel, who grew up frolicking on
the lefthanders at Salt Creek. Her love of the ocean was
cultivated early on by her body-surfing father. Her photography
career was born upon acquiring her chocolate lab, Cody,
whom she began capturing on film.
After moving to Santa Cruz
in 1994 to pursue a degree in Biopsychology, Debbie began
shooting local events such as the Dirt Farm Invitational’s,
Surf-O-Rama, Logjam, and the Steamer Lane Memorial Day contests.
A former fixture on the longboard competition circuit, Debbie
now prefers to be on the other side of the lens, photographing
from the water, land and air.
by Sean Collins
- National Geographic Traveler
Magazine; May 2004
Life for Women Magazine, December 2003