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Aileens, Ireland. "It was forecast to be a nice small clean SW swell but once we got to the cliffs it was anything but. I had a 6'6 I was hoping to use out there but the first set that rolled in was at least 10ft, unloading on the reef wide as it was tall. I Made a wise decision and decided to stay on the cliffs to take a few snaps. Unfortunately not many waves were caught while I was there, but guys like Dave Blount, Oscar Borawsku, and Hugh Galloway gave it a good go none the less. I Only stayed for around 45 mins before I decided to go and get some waves elsewhere by myself. Session highlights? Some bombs came in from nowhere and the boys took a nasty beating, not a place for the faint hearted." © 2014 Kevin Doyle
Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz. "Storm conditions at Steamer Lane. Wind, heavy chop, huge waves, un-surfable. Yet this guy tried. You'd think this explosion against the cliff would be a good warning. 30 seconds after he jumped in he lost his board, which ended up riddled on the rocks. He had a long swim in to the rocky exit, but he made it." © 2014 Allen "Log" Hughes
Intendencia, Chile. The city of Iquique boasts half a dozen slabs in the space of a few hundred meters. Square barrels are a way of life for the locals. © 2014 Marcos Tobar
Secret, Cornall. "Probably one of the heaviest sessions I have ever shot in Cornwall," says Callum Morse of saltshots.com. "Just me an Tim out this day and the sets were marching through with a decent bit of grunt. Tim was wearing a borrowed wetsuit along with a friends board he dug out the back of a shed, but he still managed to stick a few bombs. This last wave swung wide on the reef, hitting a shallower section projected him from the lip straight into the reef. Stoked." © 2014 saltshots.com
Secret, Ireland. We may live in an age of perpetually packed lineups and fierce competition, but know where to go and flawless, empty waves aren't beyond the realm of possibility. © 2014 Ian Mitchinson
Porthtowan, Cornwall. "I know that there are many people who are disappointed that the storms destroyed the banks at Porthtowan, but watching it on this evening made it clear that things should soon be back to normal." © 2014 Matthew Loots
Somewhere in Russia. Make barrels, not war. This Russian spot is just fifty miles from Crimea. © 2014 Arti Firsov
A local showing off at Black's Beach, California.© 2014 laurent_Imagery
Andalucia, Spain. "It was the Day of the Kings, a Spanish festival on January 6th when we exchange presents. This day was a present for all the surfers. In my 24 years as a surfer, and nine years as a phootgrapher, I have never seen conditions equal to this. Long rights throwing incredible heavy tubes on the reef, accompanied by warm water and sun. The rider is called Dacio Rodriguez, a local of Chilana. Very good surfer and even better person. An example for all the young people, in and out of the water." © 2014 Lucas Proia Tozzi
New Jersey. "This shot and the other were shot on our first day of spring. The weather was warmer than it had been in months and the waves were cold. It was a solid 5-6 foot and bigger on set and the lighting was perfect all day. The surfer is Chris Kelly and the shot was taken at about 10am. The whole day was a highlight. This shots in particular is great because of the sun's position at the time. This particular spot always attracts pros from the area and people from all over. The waves break very close to the beach which makes it a great spot to shoot." © 2014 Dan Cirlin
Pipeline, Oahu. "The hoards have left, but Pipe continues to pump, albeit a more funsize version." © 2014 Shogo
Somewhere in Nova Scotia. A Boardwalk to paradise in Nova Scotia. © 2014 Rosko
Salinas Grandes, Nicaragua. "With the tide approaching low, all the local surfers vanished, leaving Marvin "Chinto" Chavez to gorge on perfect drainers all afternoon." © 2014 Fade Photography & Lifestyle
Landes, France. "The Atlantic storms left SW France with unbelievably perfect banks. For one week long stretch, this was a daily sight." © 2014 Keymimae
Avalon, New South Wales. "Luckily I took the day off. I'm a chef, so I woke up early that Sunday morning, about 6.00am, then headed to the headland to watch the surf at Little Avalon, and yes, it was on fire. It was one of the most amazing days in quite a while. There was an ENE groundswell running, producing epic conditions. I was so happy and nervous, a strange mixture of emotions. I jumped into the ocean with my camera with my mates, after maybe 20 minutes of insane surf, Hughy Morris took this wave. I was facing him, then I started shooting. It wasn't difficult because he is one of the best at LA. The rest is history." © 2014 Fernando Lores
La Graviere, Hossegor. Sorry to go on about how good the Hossegor banks are, but they are ridiculous. © 2014 Kevin Olsen - Plonka Surfboards
Somewhere in Nova Scotia. © 2014 Rosko
Porthleven, Cornwall. "Arriving at Porthleven on March 25 it was evident by the amount of cars parked up that it was was pumping. The plan was to get in and shoot from the water but as the first few sets came through I thought it best to assess the situation and shoot from the land before suiting up. Oli Adams and Adam Grifiths were the standout surfers, racking up more tube time in a few hours than most people get in a year. For some it was as good as it gets, but for others it was an horrendous nightmare, as the steep wave faces and shallow reef created some extremely challenging conditions." © 2014 Matthew Loots
Porthleven, Corwall. Adam Griffiths sneaking in one last keg before dark. © 2014 mattmariob
Uluwatu, Bali. "The first solid day of the Indo season, and what a start it was!" © 2014 Liquid Barrel
Honokohau, Maui. "The weather was fantastic, but it was a fairly mediocre day of surf. These guys were out catching a few fun ones when this bomb came through. Did he make it? Yes, he pulled a disappearing act, reappeared, then casually kicking out. I was stoked to have caught the shot!" © 2014 Eric Elliott
In a month which saw a plane vanish and a sizeable portion sovereign territory invaded, an album of surf shots might seem somewhat trivial. We disagree. Surf photos should be celebrated. They tell of our individual triumphs and tribulations, dispersing the stoke of a single session across a diverse and fragmented community of wave riders.
Above are the top user photos submitted during March, along with tales from those in control of the shutter. Upload your own shots HERE.
Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...
From the Caribbean to Nova Scotia (and maybe even Europe) the forecast is for a medium sized swell to grace your local beach.
Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.
Highlight of the day was the 17-year-old brother of local legend Manoa. He blew everyone away.
We break down the reasons why Edouard might be the most interesting storm of the season so far.
Next week we have great looking numbers for Trestles, the Wedge and elsewhere in Southern California.