As a photographer, Jason Reposar, is a one-man wrecking crew. I have always called him “Repo-G”, because he is an old school OG surf-punk-metalhead who not only has the unique ability to capture surf action from land and water, but also cover the lifestyle and real deal happenings in and around the surf scene. I’ve travelled the world with Repo-G on surf trip and rock tours and he’s the best guy to explore the trenches with, because no matter how wild the nights are and how long the days are, Jason always comes through with the golden images. He helped create the look and feel of TransWorld SURF in the heyday of the magazine and has multiple covers and features to prove it. He is just as comfortable shooting Metallica as he is shooting Kelly Slater. Repo-G has and always will be one of my favorite photographers, and in the word’s of the late, great, Andy Irons, “Repo is the man”.
Most of my time with Jason was spent during his decade or so in California. When we asked him to join us at TransWorld SURF Magazine, it was immediate output and a steady flow of awesome images. Plus, we formed a lifelong bond over music, surfing, and having a good time. Repo G instantly became a favorite of the surfers we showcased in the magazine as well. If you got “in” with Bruce and Andy Irons at the time, you were untouchable, and Jason Repo was in, he formed a quick bond with the likes of Kelly Slater, Benji Weatherley, and the Momentum Generation crew—they trusted him and his work, which was a hugely important aspect a photographer needed to have at the time.
My band, Kut U Up got invited to tour with Green Day and Blink 182 in 2002 or so, and the only photographer we brought along was Repo G. We just knew he would fit in so well with the whole crew and he did! His images of our backstage antics are legendary and his fly-on-the-wall approach was lauded by the rest of the tour’s rock stars who are usually quitter reticent at having a photographer they didn’t know capturing the madness that happens on tour.
- Chris Cote
written for Carve magazine, June 2021