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Sebastian Staines

est. 11/07/1989
Nationality: United Kingdom & Australia
Residency: South Africa & Netherlands

My Story

Having given the rig-ma-roll of ‘The Standard Life’ a good shot after university, I found out quite quickly that it definitely wasn’t for me. I met some foreigners in Cape Town who convinced me that selling everything I owned and moving to Europe was a great idea!

So I did just that! I moved to the Netherlands in 2016 and realised the notion that if you put yourself in the way of things, things start happening. One year quickly turned into four and what initially started as a ‘Supertramp’ dream, very quickly, had me on another path.

Technology and gadgets have always been a passion of mine; more than likely bred from spending years in my Grandad’s workshop building model airplanes and tinkering with his collection of vintage Jaguar’s. I got my first laptop in 2004 and quickly installed a cracked version of Adobe Photoshop CS2 after seeing what the pros were doing with the software in photography magazines.

Now earning Euros I was able to buy my first decent camera and a subscription to Adobe Suite. Like throwing a dart at a map I also became quite well-traveled, making short films of my exploits which started getting attention. My first paid job was a wedding in Spain and then shortly after, a number of events across the Netherlands. I started working almost full-time for a surf brand (Surfana) just outside of Amsterdam while continuing to pick up more and more side gigs.

By the end of 2019 things were going well. My portfolio and client list were starting to take shape, so I decided to do a ski season in Switzerland and give the freelance content creator hustle a go there. I landed a number of jobs shooting ski schools and one mega job to film a week-long event for W Hotels. And then COVID…

Not knowing how the future was looking, I decided to scamper back to South Africa to spend my final days on earth with my family. As we know now, the world didn’t end and I had been given the perfect opportunity to really hone my drone skills during the lockdowns.

As everything slowly started reopening in South Africa, so did the film, photography, and particularly drone work departments… but I needed to finish my ski season that got cut short in 2020. So I headed back to Verbier, Switzerland, skied big lines, and waited to see what the world would throw at me next.

Where I’ve Worked

2017 - 2021
Content Manager - Tech Wizard

Whilst living in the Netherlands my primary client was Surfana. They have surf schools, surf camps, do surf trips and host one epic surf festival. I managed their websites and produced content for the brand as well as handled their social media.

2016 - present
Self Employed
Web Designer & Content Creator

For the past six years I’ve been working with clients around the world, building websites and developing content. Web design is my primary role, with graphic design, videography and photography something I’ve picked up and added over the years.

2014 - 2016
Launchsite Digital
Creative Director

Helped found and run the creative department of a digital agency specialising in web design and online marketing.

Some Brands I’ve Worked With


  • Mega Gear-Head (Fast tech learner)
  • Sony Master (a6500, a7siii, FX6)
  • RED (DSMC-1, DSMC-2, DSMC-3)
  • Underwater Housings (Gates, Nauticam, Subal, SeaFrogs)
  • Drones, drones, drones (DJI Cinematic & Custom FPV)
  • Adobe since 2004 (Premiere, After Effects)
  • Super wide & incredibly close
  • Landscapes, Action & Underwater
  • Nikon & Sony (Nauticam, Subal, SeaFrogs)
  • Lighting above and below sea level
  • Photoshop & Lightroom
  • Quality over quantity
  • Adaptive Style
Web Design
  • WordPress Guru (8 years experience)
  • Hosting, Cpanel & SSL Nerd
  • Salient & Divi Theme Master
  • Bold & Modern Designs
  • Developer & Designer Collab
Social Media & Marketing
  • Instagram & Facebook Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Growth Tactics
  • Consistent Style & Tone of Voice
  • Interaction & Utilisation of Influencers

Sports & Hobbies

  • Skiing
  • Ski Touring
  • Surfing
  • Downhill Mountain Biking
  • SCUBA Diving
  • Free Diving
  • Drones
  • Hiking

Extra Qualifications

BASI Level 2 Ski instructor
  • I’ve been skiing every year since 1998.
  • Came 6th in GS at the SA Champs in 2005.
  • Specialising in big technical faces, jumping off cliffs is also fun.
  • No stranger to carrying heavy camera gear while skiing or touring.
PADI Divemaster
  • +-500 dives.
  • Worked as a Divemaster in Mozambique
  • A couple of emergency ascents, one search & rescue, and I have been lost at sea.
  • Comfortable around the bigger marine life.
  • Comfortable with camera equipment.


1st place Brand Union Brand Challenge (3 month paid internship)
2nd place My Rode Reel (Documentary) - $10000 worth of gear.


2011 - 2013
VEGA School Cape Town
BA in Creative Brand Communication

Aquired a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Brand Communication specialising in Copywriting.

2009 - 2010
Stellenbosch University
BA in Geographic Information Sciences

Started a Bachelor’s in GIS as it’s always been a subject that has interested me. Alas the course lacked the stimulation I desired and I subsequently left half way through my second year.

Reddam House Constantia

A very free and accepting high school in Cape Town South Africa where is studied Maths, English, Afrikaans, Art, History and Geography.

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