Ironstring Writing & Photography: About Us

San Diego surfing and cycling photography by Mark Johnson. Established in 1989, we work locally and  worldwide.

Writing is hard! We take the strain off by providing writing and editing services for clients large and small. We’ll bring your copy to life–or just clean it up so you look pro.

Our books include a history of doping in sports and a year traveling the globe with the Garmin pro cycling team.

Mark Johnson is an experienced journalist and public speaker who regularly lectures on doping in sport and society, the pro cycling business , and cycling and surf photography techniques. If you are looking for a keynote speaker, let us know.

Represented by the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency

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Surf photography including private water photo sessions

Cycling photography

Lifestyle and event photography



Speaking Engagements

Contact us for pricing or questions about our services.



Photography services in San Diego, California, and worldwide.

Private surf photo session rates

We provide striking photography for interior designers, homes, and corporate workspaces–like Kashi, the University of California, San Diego, and the San Diego Center for Sports Medicine.

Drawing from a rich catalog of ocean and cycling imagery, we can print on paper, glass, metal, wood, and even sound-dampening fabrics. Contact us for a quote to brighten your space!

If you saw us in the water or at a bike race, you’ll find your photo in a gallery below.

Surf photos

Cycling photos

Ocean images

Event photos

Music photos


And how about a video from the best point break on earth?