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Lido Beach, New York. Ah, that was a good day to be a photographer. I was literally the only person on the beach and in the water. No one was surfing, no one was around. I knew it would be a pretty sunset and the lighting was great so I suited up in my 5/4/3 wetsuit and went out for a swim. I took well over 1000 photos that evening. The East Coast has had a mediocre Fall this year with some spots being over active and good, and others being inconsistent and small, like New York. This day was unexpectedly fun, about chest to head high but perfect shape (for this spot) and perfect winds. This was a great evening to be a surf photographer. © 2014 clarkography.com
Kirra, Queensland.This session went down the day after the 2013 Quiksilver Pro final. I paddled out at first light for the early before work. I think everyone had a post-Pro sleep in because the lineup was empty. It was just perfect - not a drop of water out of place. That barrel happened on a 6ft set down towards the end section - where I was watching a lot of perfect bombs go through unridden. It was an easy takeoff because it was so glassy, and just a lazy, delayed bottom turn to get a bit deeper. © 2014 Angus Holliday
Bukit Peninsula, Bali. The circus season is winding down in Bali, and what a relief for those of us who call the island home. The swell was flat for almost a week and on the first small pulse I jumped at the chance to test my new fisheye. Tommy had his pick of the sets and we lined up a few times, but this shot really conveys the stoke of surfing a no-hassle session in his frontyard. What a blessing. © 2014 MataBagus
Taghazout, Morocco.. Morocco was a very memorable experience for me. The swell was very consistent for the two weeks we were there, we spent most of our time at Taghazout which has such a big variety of breaks and has a very nice chilled out atmosphere. The only thing i could fault about the place was the pollution. It was pretty rampant in most places we visited and Taghazout was no exception, most of us became ill after first entering the water but your body gets used to it after that. I took this shot on a typically hazy evening at hash point (right outside our apartment). There's a really nice buzz around when this spot is working as a lot of the locals gather on the walk way to whistle and hoot the guys who surf closest to the rocks. © 2014 Maura Tilbury Photography
Supertubos, Portugal. One of the best winter days at Supertubos .... sunny, big, and offshore. © 2014 maor dayan
Capbreton, France. South West France is somewhat less frenzied outside of the summer months. © 2014 Baptiste Haugomat
Pipeline, Oahu. "This day marked the opening day of the season for Pipeline. It wasn't a massive day but it was big enough for stand up barrels. I was only able to shoot for 2 hours and this is one of my favorites from that session." Photog, Doug Falter
"That day was super fun, first real pipe swell of the season and just the boys out. Everyone was super cruise and we were all getting some good waves. I was lucky enough to cruise into a couple and have a great time." Surfer, Kaikea Elias. © 2014 Doug Falter
Mundaka, Basque Country. This was midway through a week of solid waves sent to us from Iceland. I went early in the morning to try to photograph the sunrise and low tide. Buoys recorded less than expected size, but quickly began to grow, and the waves just kept on getting bigger. It was a 6 to 9ft, with some waves even larger at midday. The lines were perfect, and I searched for a site from which I could photograph the show. There were crowd in the water but not as much as other days. There was a local contest and some surfers decided to head to alternative spots. In the water some Pros such as Aritz Aranburu, Jeremy Flores and Benjamin Sanchis were loving life. Boards were broken because of the poweful waves and rescue services were hard at work. At the end of the day 3 persons had to be rescued due to the strong currents. © 2014 Oscar Martinez Diego
Bundoran, Ireland. Daragh Phelan racing through a glassy tube on the emerald isle. © 2014 CMP (cmedia&photography)
Waimea Bay, Oahu. The waves are starting to come alive in Hawaii. With massive swells and a lot of sand that has been resting in the summer months, it is a great time to get images like this. I had to work on this day but decided to find a way to get out of it somehow. This spontaneous decision paid off. The ocean dumps its power onto this shallow sand shelf causing pristine moments but yet dangerous. I got bulldozed by this wave and can still feel it. © 2014 Danny Sepkowski
New South Wales, Australia. An spacious green room for one fortuitous New South Wales charger. © 2014 Pat Koro
Lagundri Bay, Indonesia. On this day all the locals said it was bigger than the J.O.B swell. All the kids were screaming tsunami when the big set started coming and waves were hitting the bottom of the bungalows . It was very heavy wave, when the lip hit the reef it was like a big explosion. The night before I can't really sleep! Too noisy as the bungalow was less than 100 meters from the wave. This swell was 11ft 19sec SSW. Only 3 surfers paddled out between 1pm to 3pm; local legend, Anthon, and two pro surfers, Mikala Jones and Dean Morisson! Afterward, more surfers started coming but no one caught the bombs. It would have been better to tow in! I have been travelling for 10 years in Indonesia and have never seen such a powerful wave like this day. © 2014 Xabi Eyheramendy
Somewhere in Indo.A tow session during the largest swell of the Indo season. © 2014 Xabi Eyheramendy
Intendencia, Chile. Northern Chile is for squares. Francisco Melillan eyes the main exit in Iquique. © 2014 elfishface
Sunset, South Africa. The swell wasn’t necessarily a big on for spots like Dungeons and Sunset, but with the period at 20 seconds and all the other elements seemingly connecting, we all woke early to check out what the spots were doing. Sunset is a good gauge to know what some of the other spots are doing, so I checked that first. At first light only 2 or 3 locals were on it. Sunset can be a heaving death pit on a heavy day. This day, however, was clean and glassy with 15 – 20 ft clean glassy barrels. It was the perfect day for younger and new big wave surfers to test their mustard and pop their big wave cherry – and for the hardened regulars, it was a fun day to be more daring and to try to get stuck in to triple overhead barrels. The sets were very far apart, up to a 30 minute wait, but when they came there were 10 waves or more in each set. The boys were catching one of the first few waves in the set and able to paddle back and catch one of the last. A rare clean, glassy day – definitely a highlight day of the season, and no skis.” © 2014 Ian Mitchinson
Florida Sterling Spencer taking advantage of the only time at the sun came out at The Cross. © 2014 liquidglasssurf.com
Asbury Park, New Jersey. After a long flat spell, we finally got some waves. Couldn't be any happier to swim out. People were getting head high waves left and right. I kind of drifted down the beach to where no one was really out and got this shot. Was super happy on the way it came out. © 2014 Connor Halpin
Secret, UK. I had seen the chart looked good a few days out so I knew the waves would be good, but the beautiful weather was a nice surprise. I usually bring my camera and housing with me to the beach and this time it paid off. After surfing for a couple of hours I went back in and snapped some photo's to remember the session by. Learningsurfphotography.com © 2014 Ben Pascoe
Pipeline, Oahu.The swell was 4-6ft at Pipeline that late afternoon. I thought I was at Pipe, but this is actually Off the Wall. The swell provided lots of powerful sections that the high performers loved to use as ramps to launch giant airs from. Medina threw the sickest ones, but there were a few other guys who flew crazy high as well. There have been a few more 4-6ft swells there since then, but not any that produced such an air show. © 2014 Mattias Hammer
North Narrabeen. © 2014 No Surf No Life
Uluwatu, Bali. Had been watching the charts for a week or so and new the swell was on the way. The SW swell was aiming directly for the Bukit P. and big enough to hit some of the the East coast swell magnets as it wrapped in and pushed NE along the coast. The West side was maxing apart from a couple of spots that could handle the size, Ulus was marginal and Padang P. was pumping. Managed to snag a few from Ulus which was a bonus given the conditions. Arrived there mid morning, tide was full with a lot of water moving no one out, the place maxing at 15ft+ and bigger further up the point. A lone paddler rolled into the line up from the north must have paddled from Padang P. as the cave was not accessible. Waited a hour or so for the sequence of shots, this is one of four and one of three sequences. Wasn't realistic to try and track the guy down given the conditions. Hopefully he'll see the image on MSW and put his name forward, or perhaps he charges big waves for a different reason. © 2014 ando.m
The Christmas countdown is upon us, leaving memories of autumn barrels to disintegrate like fallen leaves. November had us drooling over Basque rivermouths and Portuguese beachies, while the North Shore entertained with a few brief pulses of mayhem. We’ve been in contact with authors of our favourite photographic contributions, uncovering some swell stories which should galvanize your stoke leading into the glacial months.
Paddling the Slave at Mullaghmore, breaking egos and avoiding the vortex.
The Billabong women's team test their skills in some super-sucking Sumbawan tunnels.
October 28 was a historic day at the most formidable beachbreak in Europe. This edit takes a closer look at what transpired.
James Hollmer-Cross finds himself in one of the most terrifying situations imaginable.
Surfing needs Chris Ward, he eats hipsters for breakfast before passing out in their clothes.