We’re on the tail end of a (unless you live in California) pretty incredible year, swell-wise. Jaws went more XXL than ever. Mavericks exploded. Hercules smashed Europe. Pipeline saw perfection. A new world champ was crowned. Someone might’ve ridden the biggest wave ever ridden. Brigid smashed Europe again. California lay dormant, except for a few pulses here and there – amazing, perfect pulses. And in between, a whole whack of smaller swells banged their way around the world. Enjoy your spring… but enjoy this look back at winter first.
This storm brought big, mean and sometimes excellent waves. All shapes and sizes, really. And they pounded the California coast from rocky Northern California Spot X’s to world-famous Southern California spots.
I have been surfing and capturing the beach scenes of my local breaks, attempting to show how the ordinary people live and surf each day. I’m not too focused on the competition circuit, although I have no problems with the pro surfers or the ASP.
I got up early on Sunday, February 16th to see the sunrise at the Nazaré’s North Canyon and caught the beauty of many magical moments created by misty morning sunshine with the presence of an early full moon. This was truly glorious to see, as it had been raining constantly for weeks and weeks. Garrett and his friends woke up to a beautiful day full of perfect barrels and great wonderful looking waves.
February was a pretty amazing month for photos. For whatever reason, we received more incredible images from more incredible photographers than perhaps any other month. Even culling it down to fifty of our favorites was a tough job… but someone’s got to do it. Now it’s your turn to look through them. We promise, you’ll love them as much as we do.
In 1961, young Tim started surfing at Canoes in Waikiki under the wing of Rabbit Kekai. Having seen John Severson’s 1962 surf movie “Going My Wave” at the Kaiser Dome in the Hilton Hawaiian Village, McCullough’s photography interest became galvanized on surf photography.
- Drone Captures Dolphin Stampede
- Bob and Sink: The Trial and Error of Ryan Burch
- The Seabass Sequence
- The Ol’ Boys Project: Documenting Stoke in Bali
- Field Trip to Mexico
- Below Fu#*ing Zero
- Oxycontin: Don’t Lose Yourself Along with The Pain
- Opening The Doors of Perception
- Who is JOB 4.0: Soft Tops at Jaws
- Wipeout From Hell: Pedra Branca