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Fort Point, San Francisco. Sept 30 was the first big swell event of the 2013/2014 season and I made it a point to swing by Fort Point after finishing some photo shoots in Marin. The swell was filling in all day at 13ft at 15 seconds, but due to the northerly direction of the swell, some of the energy was blocked by Point Reyes (Point Reyes shadow). Either way, the ocean was pumping and as the tide dropped out, some really nice sets pushed through in the afternoon. It's pretty amazing to stand under such an iconic landmark to watch the North Pacific do its thing.
© 2014 Don Dianda
Le Penon, France. The QuikPro comp was off for the day and Gabriel Medina decided to jump in the water at La Graviere with his GoPro camera. He shared the waves with a mix of people. Among them were Nat Young and the other high flying Brazilian, Filipe Toledo. Filipe and Gabriel had fun stealing waves from each other, and putting on stunning air shows. To get a nice background, I went a bit north on the beach, and as far down the break as I dared. I did get quite wet. The reward was when Gabriel launched this huge air. He didn't land this one, but he landed several others.
© 2014 MCSnowHammer
Near Yzerfontein, South Africa.
© 2014 Eggy
Teahupoo, Tahiti. It was an incredible day at Chopes. This magical ride of an unknown Brazilian surfer closed this epic day after many dangerous situations. This guy waited all the day behind the line up and finally he got his reward just before the sunset. And to finish off the story, he made the wave.
© 2014 Romuald Pliquet
Popoyo, Nicaragua. We just came off a week and a half of onshore winds (which is rare in Nicaragua). The boys were blessed with the offshores again and everyone was stoked that we were back to our normally scheduled program. So much so that Dylan and Austin (pictured) extended their trips!
© 2014 DondeX
Sultans, Maldives. That day was sunny with no wind. Really glassy conditions and the water, once again, was really clear. The waves were small though (shoulder-high), and a bit crowded, and not a great level of surfers. To avoid boredom I tried a few shots reversing the camera towards me under some surfed waves. This is the only shot which I got lucky with, framing both me and the surfer in a decent angle. "
© 2014 Giorgio Rollo
Warner Beach, South Africa. I shoot Baggies Beach a lot and this particular day I arrived to find Andrew Cheary by himself surfing a firing shorebreak. He is known as the "shorey king " on a stand up, and we had such a kiff morning shooting. My passion is bodyboarding and shooting with my Go Pro Hero 3. When I'm in the water shooting it doesn't matter what you ride, its about the stoke and the gratitude I receive for the pic. Definitely one of the best days I've shot in a long time.
© 2014 sliwilliamson
Log Cabins, Oahu. The waves were chest to head high. The beach is at a steep angle so what looks like a small wave is actually about 5 feet tall when you're standing next to it. I love shooting the shorebreak. I remember running down the beach and positioning myself perfectly for this one. The face slapped me in the head and drove me into the sand.
© 2014 ThisIsDANIEL
Padang Padang, Bali.
© 2014 Shogo
Somewhere on Tenerife, Canary Islands. That day was during one of the a 2 week swells that bring us surfers absolute happiness! I remember that there were some pros from the north of Spain, like Aritz Aranburu, and others pros that were hitting the waves really rad. I have good memories of that day, everyone smiling, waves for all of us. Sometimes we complain about my turn, your turn, but this day there were no complaints at all, Just a perfect day of surfing.
© 2014 Mauricio Diaz
© 2014 Balisurfpics
Supertubos, Portugal I'm 26 years old, from Israel, and have lived in Peniche for the last two years. I came here for three weeks surf trip and fell in love with the place, people, and of course the waves. It's an incredible place for surfing and photographing waves. This photo was taken during the competition when there were plenty of glassy clean barrels.
© 2014 Maor Dayan
Casino Pier© 2014 Dave Nilsen
Padang Padang, Bali. It was a very beautiful day. Usually I eat every morning on the green ball and surf there, but this time it was different. The waves were really big for me, so I decided to make for some spots on the Bukit and take photos. The surfer everything was OK after that fall, and he had a few more. I stayed at Padang for four hours, and at times simply stared at the waves because the best moments are always in your head.
© 2014 Evgen Yurtaev
Somewhere north of San Francisco. Yesterday had a great offshore wind standing waves up and the sets were spaced nicely. There were only about 10 surfers in the water during my shoot. As I got there, local Dane Perlee was finishing up and all I heard that night is that I should have been there for his performance.”
© 2014 Mike Coverdale
Playa Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Lenin Sanchez Cruz having fun in Central America.
© 2014 Retro Juice
Near Durban, South Africa. I was actually shooting with a good mate of mine just to the north of Durban, at around 7:00 in the morning. The prevalent north easterly on-shores had been blowing the last three days - from the reports we knew this morning would be glassy, so we arranged to shoot for his sponsor. I saw this unknown surfer, who had already been getting most of the good waves, paddling and dropping into this wave. A large percent of the waves were mostly closing out, this one looked like it would open up though - so it did! He made the drop and "Mark Richards” like bottom turned into this section, stood tall and got spat out. It was easily the wave of the morning!
© 2014 Fabian Coetzer
A Wedge, Central California. Me and my buddies checked a spot around and was good, but crowded. Took the way less travelled and went to this place. Made the hike and found the spot empty and firing. It was already noon so didn't last too long. So good and hollow while it lasted.
© 2014 Eduardo Palomino
Mullaghmore, Ireland. It was a decent sized swell, but probably one of the best directions to hit this particular reef in a long time. Guys were trying to paddle it and just throwing broken boards in the cars from their attempts. The boys decided to battle it with ski, and just got barrel after barrel. It was insane, one of the most memorable sessions of my career so far. Great crew of guys and nothing but fun amongst the hectic environment.
© 2014 Christian Mcleod
© 2014 El Texano
El Palmar, Spain A deluge lashes the horizon off the coast of Andalucia.
© 2014 user289445
Cloudbreak, Tavarua. Mick Fanning performing for the final chapter of 'Missing', Taylor Steele's latest project. Cloudbreak kegs are a good way of dispelling any world title anxiety.
© 2014 Stuart Johnson
Padang Padang, Bali. That was the second day of the mega swell. the go to spots on the west side of the Bukit Peninsula were still massive with only a handful of guys braving the waves. Most surfers either watched in awe or sought out more manageable surf up the coast. Padang Padang wasn't actually working very well until the arvo session, with just a small window of clean sets, quickly changing to ribbed faces by the shifting wind. It wasn't the best Padang Padang I've seen this season, but there were still some great barrels on tap for everyone who waited for the Balinese Pipeline to show its face that day. This unknown surfer made a great ride, getting spat out in the channel and paddling back out for more.
© 2014 MataBagus
October saw the northerly latitudes gyrate into action, with a succession of gargantuan Atlantic storms, and plenty of Pacific energy pulsing in north of San Francisco. Gazing south, a freakish swell washed through Indonesia, resulting in some beautiful lineups and plenty of ugly wipeouts. Once again, scores of photographers have submitted their images to the Magicseaweed archives. This gallery represents just the tip of a stoke inducing iceberg.
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