Growing up in La Jolla, California, Jeff Divine began taking pictures of his fellow surfers in his hometown during the 1960s and got to know the original alternative sport before the mainstream media blew it into the commercial kingdom it has now come to be. His work took him to a staff position in 1971 with Surfer Magazine where he would begin the first of some 35 annual trips to the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii and numerous worldwide trips to the best surfing destinations. In 1981 Divine would become photo editor at Surfer, a position he held for the next 17 years. For the last 14 years he has been the photo editor at the Surfer's journal in San Clemente, California.
Divine has one of the largest archives of surf photography that exists. He has been shooting its characters, surfing, environment and places for 45 years.