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Coke's, Maldives. "That day we went for a surf trip to Chicken's and Coke's here in the North Male atoll. Conditions were excellent. Swell was three to four clean and glassy, uncrowded, with some great barrels. Actually that underwater shot was for me a highlight. It was a cleanup set and I got caught in the inside and started rolling for a few seconds. I deicided to keep shooting and just saw another guy falling from the sky with wide open arms for me. It felt like a moment of glory, like being in heaven!"© 2014 Obdulio Luna
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. "I came out really early in the morning, around 6am, to check out the waves. By that time the tide was coming up, there was nobody in the water and the waves were breaking with bad shape. I thought it was going to be a "closeout" day. I went back home then came back to check the waves around 9am, and there was a group of 10 guys surfing in this same spot, catching tubes one after the other. It was like a machine, and at the beach I was the only witness visible. I shot photos for around an hour and there were some serious sets of 7 foot faces breaking with the Hermosa power we are used to seeing on big days. The best part of it was that the wave was fast, hollow and open, and in the background dark clouds full water coming towards the beach created a beautiful but scary landscape. In the water there were some locals, but also some unknown surfers charging, like the one in the picture."© 2014 Pablo Franceschi
Dungeons, South Africa. "I was actually just out there vlogging and shooting for fun. My mate Benji Brand was surfing and I just whipped the stills cam out for a couple sets. It was the only good shot I got and we were only out for an hour. John John was riding, but we were there for Benji Brand. He's 17 and never surfed Dungeons, he didn't have buoyancy or booties or anything. He charged a couple of winners. The boy's got some stones."© 2014 Brownie - Ben Brown
North Narrabeen, New South Wales. "I was stoked both by the forecast and that I was able to finish work for the week just on low tide at 11:30am. Headed straight up to tube magnet Narrabeen, which obviously didn't disappoint. The swell was definitely up but tended to either crumble or close out, depending on the angle of approach. However, the shories were shacking nicely to the north and south of where I planted myself, but had a habit of rearing up in the blink of an eye or the click of my shutter, so had to be quick. As you can see there was a ton of energy, slabbiness, a bit of size and that trade mark Narrabeen pocket enjoyed by this unknown rider ensconced within."© 2014 wozthatyou.com - Doug McFarlane
Padang Padang, Bali. "During the (Rip Curl Cup) expression session, Antony (Walsh) was the one that caught my eye the most for his happiness while surfing the Padang wave. On any wave he caught he had always his untouchable GoPro and as usual was trying to get deep in the barrel. Probably he chose his very eye catching t-shirt to be noticed by everyone. I remember he went in the water before the expression session started, waiting for low tide and the bigger waves."© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Tolcarne Wedge, Kernow. "One of my favourite photos from Jason Feast Photography. Snapped this in between storm showers. I love the light and Newquay in the background. I learned to surf on this beach when I was a grom. Some people laugh if you tell them you surfed in the bay. Turns out it's probably one of the best waves we have for practising your air game!" Words by surfer: Alan Stokes© 2014 Jason Feast
G-Land, during a week long pulsating swell which lit up much of Indonesia's surf blessed coastline.© 2014 Joyo's Surf Camp
Puerto Escondido, Mexico. "This was a southerly swell that arrived a little late.I took the shot on Playa Zicatela while shooting one of the many peaks that form along the beach. I don't know the surfer, but it was a great wave. That day there were constant waves as well as constant broken boards. Puerto is a place where you can realise any of your tuberiding dreams. The wave has a lot of force, with a thick and potent lip."© 2014 Jon Charly
Mundaka, Basque Country. "I was doing a very early dawn patrol along the coastline of the Basque Country. Weather wise, it was one of the first days of sun after a long rainy winter, too long actually. South-easterly winds were pretty strong but didn't disturb me, probably messed up some take-offs. Up close it was pretty regular, some barrels now and then. I got there around 06:30 and started shooting from the other side of the bay. As soon as the sun rose and the tide got lower, I moved in order to have another angle. No major highlights, besides "rediscovering" Mundaka and the Basque Country in perfect conditions."© 2014 Axel Piperno
South Narrabeen, New South Wales. "This was probably the best day at Southy this year. The swell was really under forecast and it was a solid 6ft, with the odd 8ft set. The day before was bigger but skis were the go as Southy can be a hard paddle just to get off the beach. However there's always a few underground chargers willing to paddle, and some did. The swells unexpected bump in size caught many off guard, so by Sunday word had got round and it was an all star cast of present and former pros, and local rippers. The swell was East with hint of North which generally is the best direction. Too much north and the sweep becomes river like. Surface conditions: as good as it gets, groomed by a light offshores with a cloudless sky. A lensman's dream. I opted to shoot 10mm fish eye, which was a bit of gamble because you need to get as close as you can to your subject, but the rewards speak for themselves. First attempt to swim out resulted in being washed back in, but second go and I was on. Swam for four hours and shot 800 shots. I was kid in a candy store! The guy in this shot is unknown (he didn't make it)."© 2014 fatlesley - Nick Sandy
Lakey Peak, Indonesia. "The swell had been small most of the week and jacked up the day before this photo was taken. The surfer was local Indo, Joey Barrel. He was on his 4'11 as he had snapped his larger board the day before. There were about 14 out, but the sets were being dominated by Joey and Aussie, Ben Watts."© 2014 Indodreams - Tommy Kitson
Puerto Escondido. "That morning of July 9th we woke up and the conditions were perfect, tubes for both sides and some up to 25 foot sets and south swell which is ideal for this area. Surfers like Brent Symes, Nahuel Amalfitano, Gary Hughes, Coco Nogales, Diego Silva and Cristiano Bins took the largest waves of the day. Brent Symes, better known as "Reddog", was dropping without fear on the biggest sets of the day, and the photo of the day was one more he completed with great skill."© 2014 Fabi Corrêa
La Nave, Italy. "When a strong wind (20 knot) blows from the south Adriatic there are often a lot of surfing spots. One of them - in my opinion one of the best in Italy - is La Nave, in Portonovo. It's located at the slope of Cornero mountain (municipality of Ancona). It's a perfect right point (not for beginners) that can hold considerable storms and strong wind (it can be surfed up to three metres). The sea bottom is rocks and stones and the best time of the year is from March to May and from September to November. If you are lucky, during those months you can find high-quality waves for 4/6 days a month. Session highlights? That day was very special. Every take off, every move, also just paddling out, it was sheer bliss. Perfect waves, wind from the land, I would have been all day surfing those perfectly shaped sets, and that's what I did!" Words by surfer: Fabrizio Gabrielli© 2014 BIXRIMINI - Maurizio Foligni
Porthtowan, Kernow. "One my most memorable shoots at Porthtowan so far this year. The whole of the North Cornwall coast was absolutely pumping for two days and the banks at this spot were about as good as I've ever seen. It was cold, but the light was pretty much perfect and everybody was snagging pit after pit, with the standout surfers being Skindog, Marky Lascelles and Felix Dickson (of Feestix Surfboards). This is Felix snagging one of the best barrels of the session as the sun was fading under the horizon line. Happy days!"© 2014 Alex Callister
Jimmy's, Sumatra. "For this shot I was staying in Krui and Jimmy's is about an hour and fifteen minutes ride on a scooter. I had to make a decision as to surf or take photos. I couldn't do both as there is nowhere to leave your camera while surfing and there's a little theft problem in South Sumatra at the moment. So camera it was. The weather was heavy that day and got so drenched going to Jimmy's, but it made for great moody shots. The waves were really heavy, super hollow and fast, with a deadly end section. Two guys paddled out and got totally cleaned up by a few clean-up sets. They went back out and got a few but it was lot bigger than it looked, so having the camera was maybe a blessing, but at the same time you could of got so barreled. Its a really good wave but not for the faint hearted. Next time I'll take my board!"© 2014 Shawn Orbe
Thunders, The Mentawais. "I was aboard of the Jiwa and it was small pretty much everywhere. Not so at Thunders, as you can see. The surfer made the barrel, barely though, he came out sitting on his board. That was the wave before he got slammed on the reef and hurt his foot quite badly. That was the last surf for him on that trip. The wave shifts around a lot and the end section gets pretty gnarly."© 2014 Chris Immler
Desert Point, Lombok. "I took the photo at 6am when there were very big waves."© 2014 Shogo
Carcavelos, Portugal. "I had been living in Portugal for six years and moved home to Kernow recently. This was one of the last days before I left. There had been a small/medium West swell forecast for this day, with offshore winds. I think I checked it about 10 times through the day, each time was 1-2ft and slack with loads of people in. A bit before sunset I had pretty much given up on it and decided to take the dog for a walk instead. When I got there it had turned into a 3ft, super glassy shorey, really rare as Carcavelos hardly ever has high tide banks, and there was no-one in! So the poor dog had his walk cut short. I legged it home to get my sponge and my camera, and spent the last hour or so of lightshooting and pulling into closeouts all on my tod. Best possible end to my time in Portugal!" View his facebook page here.© 2014 Mitch Holmes
South Shore, Oahu."I wake up in a couch that I don’t recognize wearing nothing but some stinkin’ long skinny pants and feeling like I've been hit with a steel bat and knocked out for days. I can't help but notice new ink printed along my forearms and as I curl up to see what else is new I stare at what seems to be the aftermath of a week long 4th of July celebration. It all starts to come together. With my vision still blurred and my sense yet to come I distinguish Mercedes topless in the front yard pleasantly blocking the view of the Waikiki skyline in the near distance. Behind me, I spot former pro freestyle skier Gustavo Ballesteros, together with Matt Taylor practicing “off the walls” in the living room while independent freelance artist and rider Matt Ching is steazin’ in shades a collection of his smoothest deck tricks off the garage ramp and the front porch. Nothing to worry about, just mere side effects of the yearly Toxic Tour. I crawl to the living room where cinematographer Derek Hanson helps me clear the combination of red bull and cereal that is sitting over my computer. There is only one antidote to help stabilize this situation, GO SURFING. We proceed to check Magic Sea Weed, 1ft!!!! Not what someone is expecting to see when they have travelled half way across the world to surf Hawaiian bombs, but then, why on earth did we come in July and not June or February?Toxic. We'll think about this next time, but for the mean time we stuff a bunch of hand sprayed and stencilled boards into a flaming car and drive off to scout the best looking peak in the area. We end up posting in between concessions and Big Rights and froth into the water with our boards and the camera gear. We make the paddle, the walk on the reef and then the final swim across the break to find that MSW was in fact right, waves are pretty small. We sit still for a second or two and debate if its worth it or not but its not like where gonna turn around and paddle back out. We never where quite the golfing crew, so we decided to stay and shred the few waves that came our way. This shot was one them. "© 2014 Retro Juice
Kommetjie, South Africa."This particular day was the final day of the Billabong Pro Jr held at Longbeach, Cape Town. Conditions were a mild offshore wind (barely a breeze), sunny and warm with a pretty decent sized swell running through. As a result, the beach was packed due to the comp, so a few locals including myself decided to hit-up this slab further down the coastline, away from the crowds. We scored some solid waves and had some heavy beat-downs as the tide dropped. We had a few last fun ones and got out. Later that afternoon, when the tide began to push, I headed down to get a few hopeful shots of the slab, and was greeted by a crowd of 6-7 guys out and some mega pits exploding on the reef. These two pictured on the wave are two locals and brothers, James Elsworth (on the shoulder pulling off) and Mathew Elsworth going for gold. They had caught the same wave at the first reef, and Matt persevered on to charge the main peak, through a deep backdoor. He unfortunately did not make it out of this one, but came fairly close to it."© 2014 Daniel Grebe
Every month, hundreds of professional photographers and amateur fanatics send us their images from every surfable corner of the globe. This feature is devoted to them. Those wave capturers who brave the cold, the wind and the clean-up sets, all in the hope of capturing a unique marine moment. Here is a collection of some of the best shots submitted in August, along with the stories behind them.
To submit your own shots, click here: http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/uploadPhoto.php
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.