Cold Comfort

Surf Photography from Canada's West Coast

By (photographer): Marcus Paladino
ISBN 9781771603997
Hardcover | Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Book Dimensions: 9.5 in. x 8.5 in.
320 Pages

About the Book

Marcus Paladino’s unique and stunning portfolio contains some of the photography world’s most compelling surfing images.

Surfing is why Marcus Paladino moved to Tofino. It’s an integral part of his lifestyle and contributes to his livelihood. Bumpy boat rides, long drives, getting skunked, scoring good waves, chattering teeth, numb feet, blacking out, drowning cameras, mental frustration, and chasing serotonin are all part of the game when surfing the cold waters off Canada’s West Coast.

Dedicated to capturing high-performance surfing at its best and finding split-second action and beauty in lost moments of time combine to help craft a portfolio of energetic and meditative photography like few others. With a keen eye for the unique and the almost forgotten, Cold Comfort is an amazing collection of imagery that skilfully communicates the photographer’s deep love and respect for this western Canadian coastal landscape.

About the Author(s)

Marcus Paladino is a professional photographer specializing in cold-water surfing on the west coast of Canada. He grew up on Vancouver Island, where he went on to receive a diploma in photography in 2010. Shortly after, he moved to Tofino for a summer and hasn’t looked back. Marcus’s work has been featured in various publications around the world, including SURFER, Surfing Magazine, The Surfer’s Journal, Explore magazine, Tracks, and Carve. He has also worked with clients internationally, including Hurley, Monster Energy, Red Bull, Hydro Flask, Clif Bar & Company, Reef, Yeti, O’Neill, and Vans. His dedication to showcasing high-performance surfing that continues to be pushed north of the 49th parallel, along with his distinctively artistic approach, has made Marcus one of the most desired water photographers to work with in Canada.


“Given that it rests on the 49th parallel, Tofino, on Vancouver Island, may seem an unlikely surf paradise. But surfers from around the world flock here to partake of its excellent breaks and jaw-dropping Pacific Northwest scenery. Marcus Paladino’s stunning images capture the at times austere though always beautiful experience Tofino has to offer.” — Chris Santella, author of Fifty Places To Surf Before You Die

“Compassion for a subject, patience to get the most from it, and the ability to be authentic with your photography are the essence we all try to achieve. Marcus Paladino’s new book has it all.” — Thom Gilbert, photographer, author of Waves: Pro Surfers and Their World

“This book is a piece of photographic poetry that encompasses all the beautiful moments of surfing in Canada. Marcus’s dedication to his craft does not go unnoticed, and his unique perspective in documenting cold-water surfing, from the everyday tasks of a surfer to high-action, memorable moments, makes this book one I will make sure to refer back to when I need inspiration.” — Bryanna Bradley, professionally trained photojournalist turned surf photographer

“As a nature photographer, I am in awe of Marcus’s artistic approach to photography in such a rapidly changing and unforgiving environment. In the midst of the chaos he has the ability to calmly ‘see’ a delicate formation of bubbles afloat on the dark, undulating sea, or the crimson streaks of light in the lip of a breaking wave. His artistry is inspiring. I am repeatedly drawn to his images, where I see the magic of a mountain landscape replicated in the form of a frozen wave. This body of work is a reflection of devotion and skill which ultimately enriches all of our lives. Thank you, Marcus!” — Scott Forsyth, author of The Wild Coasts of Canada, winner of the Banff Mountain Book Competition’s Mountain Image Award