Tom Butler, the humble underground face with great dentistry is making a name for himself by going balls out on every swell, hoping to catch a break from a sponsor. It's tough economic times in the world of surfing right now with everyone eating hard cheese and stale bread but potential suiters take note, there's opportunity here.
As well as snagging the biggest barrel out there Tom was the only guy to attempt to paddle. "I kept looking over the ledge, it was windy, lumpy, and so tricky, I was thinking what the hell am I doing as I paddled out but I'd already committed to it. One came through, I span and went, air-dropped in and made it to the bottom before it shut down."
© Gary McCall