Make Your Voices Heard

Well, it’c coming up on the end of the year (and as of this moment not the end of the world), and with the year end comes things such as Transworld Surf’s cover of the year conetest: and thankfully I snagged the first cover of this year for them. Head over to their site, and show my Julian Wilson cover a bit of love. For you efforts, here is the cover as well as the original photo.

Surfing Life Japan Cover

Indonesia is always a productive place for us. The waves, the light, the backgrounds, all make for some pretty amazing images. This year was no different, as I’m sure you’ve noticed from our multiple posts on this trip alone. We’ve had multiple photos popping up in Ads, mags, and online, but the topper (as it is for any trip) is scoring the cover. So we were obviously pretty psyched when Junji from Surfing Life Japan sent over their new cover featuring a flawless backside carve from Julian and Macaronis. The surfing during these days at Maccas was some of the best I have ever seen, and I promise you can look forward to more and more of the images from them popping up in the near future.

Congrats Nat!!!

To anyone who knows the guy, or to any one who has seen him surf for that matter, it comes as no suprise; but Nat Young has officially made the World Tour for 2013 and we couldn’t be more stoked for him! There isn’t a guy who has put in more work, or deserves this more than Natty, and let me tell you, big things are to come from this kid. For one, Nat hates to loose. Let me repeat that, Nat freakin hates to loose. You want to play a friendly game of backgammon in Indo with Nat, he’s giving you the death stare the whole time. Looking to shoot hoops on the North Shore, Natty’s throwin bows and looking to swat every shot you attempt. The guy is a fierce competitor and it shows in his Junior and WQS Careers, earning multiple titles and event wins as he’s climbed the rankings. If that isn’t enough to convince you to save a spot on your fantasy team for him, the kid’s backhand is some of the tightest, best surfing you are going to see on tour: mixed with a new school arial approach that holds its own with his peers. The kid from Santa Cruz has a fire burning in him, a fire to do proud by his town, a fire to prove that his name deserves to be up there with the best, a fire to go out and dominate guys on tour. My bet, rookie of the year, and a major force on tour for years to come.

Once again, congrats Natty!!!

Adriano Gets After It

About a year and a half ago I found myself heading to Indonesia once again, however this trip was a bit different. Usually when I go to Indo it is aboard the Pelagic, on trips that I have put together. This time, though, I was heading out on a Red Bull trip aboard the Indies IV, the luxery surf yacht of all luxery surf yachts. I was pretty stoked for the trip, while I was there mainly to get images of the two Nike team riders aboard, Kolohe Andino and Evan Geisleman, there were a bunch of Red Bull’s premier guys on the trip that I hadn’t had a chance to work with. One of which was Adriano De Souza. I knew Adriano just from him being such a big part of surfing for the last few years, but had never had a chance to shoot with him outside of contest areas. To make a long story short, I walked away amazed by the guys surfing.

This particular day was one for the books; I literally shot on the dingy from sun up to sun down, having the crew run food, water, and fresh batteries, back and forth for me: it was was pumping, there was no other option. HT’s was as good as it gets, a bit over head, slack wind, and sunny as could be. We had the lineup practically to ourselves and the guys were on fire: Adriano especially. He was sitting as deep as anyone, rushing solid waves and standing tall in the tube through the inside section. As the tide filled in, and the barrels were as great as an option, Adriano adapted as well as anyone, punting ridiculously tweaked out air reverses and stylish straight airs. As I said, impressive.

His ripping wasn’t what really got me though; what really set him apart was how thoroughly stoked Adriano was. After every wave the guy was kicking out all smiles, hooting for himself, hooting for the guy on the wave behind him, arms raised in pure stoke. It was cool to see a pro surfer really not care about what others were thinking but rather acknowledge how fortunate he was and just be amped to be able to go out and surf perfect waves. A few days after this session I asked Adriano about the claiming, his answer was that he just loves surfing. That a good wave gets him excited and makes him happy and he’s not afraid to show it.