Gallery: 10 Killer Surfing Photos
Published on 04/19/2013
Snow is good. Snow is great. But come around mid-winter some of us start itching for some sun, sand and surf to warm our bones. And while most of are not going to be able to sneak away to crashing, salty waves and clear, blue waters any time soon, we can still dream, right? Summer is probably still many months away for the majority of us in the northern hemisphere but, with the help of a few of our favorite surfing images, you may just be able to get your fix of endless summer.
Noah Johnson at Mavericks. When this photo was taken in 2000, it was regarded as the biggest wave that had ever been surfed on the West Coast of the United States. Since the early 1990s Mavericks has become an epicenter of modern big-wave surfing. With waves as high as 50 feet, strong currents, dangerous rocks, perilously shallow reefs, and bone-chilling water temperatures, Mavericks is like no other place on Earth. Each winter, during a waiting period typically set between November and March – if and when conditions are perfect, and giant swells roll in from far across the Pacific – The Mavericks Surf Contest is held. On just 24 hours’ notice, two dozen of the surfing community’s bravest and most skilled assemble to confront the most world’s most dangerous wave.
Yadin Nicol photographed in Indonesia. The Aussie has the dubious honor of being one of the unluckiest people in surfing. After three straight seasons of coming within inches of qualifying for the World Tour-one time by a single heat in the final event of the season-he finally made the tour in 2011, only to break his leg in Japan shortly after.
Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Pipeline, Oahu, 1975. Photo by Jeff Divine. Divine began taking pictures of fellow surfers during the 1960′s and became a staff photographer at Surfer Magazine in 1970. In 1981 he became the Photo Editor at Surfer, a position he held for the next 17 years. Today he is the photo editor at The Surfer’s Journal in San Clemente, California. “A man on a wave is a beautiful sight,” Divine says.
Diego Silva at Off-The-Wall, one of the four infamous waves of Pipeline, Hawaii, a reef break located off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on Oahu’s North Shore. A reef break is an area in the ocean where waves start to break once they reach the shallows of a reef. Pipeline is notorious for huge waves which break in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef, forming large, hollow, thick curls of water that surfers can tube ride. Pipeline is often called the world's deadliest wave with an average wave of 9 feet. More people have died or been seriously injured at Pipeline than at any other surf spot in the world.
Peter Devries, nicknamed “Canadian Bacon”, in the chilly waters of his British Columbian homeland. One of the best technical surfers in Canada, Devries and his countrymen brave icy waters and less than ideal conditions to ride surfing’s northern “final frontier.”
Australian pro Mick Fanning in Indonesia. Nicknamed “White Lightening”, in his first year on tour, at age 22, Mick finished an incredible 5th in the world, earning him the ASP Rookie of the Year award. Fanning also won both the 2007 and 2009 ASP World Tour.
Photo by Cory Scott for NZ Surfing Magazine of Maz Quinn, a four-time winner of New Zealand's national surfing championships, doing a Backhand Reo. Regarded as one of the nation’s foremost surfers, Quinn comes from a surfing family with his younger siblings have both won national titles, his mother is an advocate for women’s surfing and his father was a national official.
Photo by Andrew Shields taken on Australian’s Gold Coast. With 70 kilometers of sun-drenched beaches and four epic point breaks, it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is home to a city called Surfers Paradise. As well as an international party destination, the Gold Coast boasts some of Australia’s best, most consistent waves and hosts many international surfing competitions.
Pat Gaudauskas wiping out, taken by Jeff Divine, at The Hole, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Indonesia. The ultimate surfer's paradise, Indonesia boasts thousands of islands waiting to be explored by the adventurous wave junky. The Hole is a popular destination off a small island in the southern end of the Mentawais.
When she was just seven-years-old, Coco Ho learned to surf in an effort to impress her older brother Now one of the nation’s best up and coming female surfers, Coco Ho is pretty much surfing royalty in Hawaii. Photographed here by Tony Heff, she is the niece of Derrick Ho, former ASP World Champion. Ho represents part of a new generation of young women taking the pro circuit by storm in Hawaii.