Makua Rothman at Nias
It was one of the biggest swells of the season and Makua and Jamie O’Brien were all over it. Makua scored not one, but two covers (Surfing Magazine and TWS) from this session. Watch the movie Who Is JOB? for some amazing tube riding from this swell.
Dane Reynolds in France
Photographer Ryan Miller nailed this double-arm-drag-power hack of Dane during the annual World Tour stop in Europe. While the media usually focuses on Dane’s aerial assault, he is much more than an “air guy” as witnessed by this flawless French turn. Photo: Ryan Miller
Mark Healey at Waimea Bay
Riding a 9’4″ quad, Mark Healey thought he had this Waimea Bay widowmaker made until he hit a little lump in the face of the wave and got bucked up into the air and onto his face. No sweat for Healey though, the dude is an animal. Here him on Cote’s Cube talk about swimming with Great Whites and his thoughts on the Eddie.
Gavin Gillette at Backdoor Pipeline
This photo was shot during the Pipe Masters when Gavin Gillette beat Joel Parkinson to deny the Aussie a shot at the World Title. Seth Stafford shot it from the second floor balcony of the TransWorld SURF house at Rockpiles while eating a hot dog and drinking a Coors Light as our other guys were sweating it out on the beach. It was Gavin’s first cover and it couldn’t have gone to a nicer guy. Photo: Stafford/SPL
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Nate Yeomans in San Diego County
The winter of 2009/2010 went down in the record books in both California and Hawaii. With a full-blown El Niño in effect, the north Pacific was pumping out swell after swell. San Clemente’s Nate Yeomans and San Diego based photographer Anthony Ghiglia knew exactly where to go when yet another mid-week West swell lit up SoCal. Photo: Anthony Ghiglia
Dane Reynolds on the Gold Coast of Australia
This photo was shot at a certain Gold Coast swell magnet where just about every pro surfer within 100 miles of the joint was out ripping. Not Dane Reynold ripping, but ripping nonetheless. With esteemed Aussie photographer “Bosko” on the back of a Quiksilver chartered PWC, Bosko, Dane, and Kelly Slater slayed a peak way down the beach from most everyone else and came away (unsurprisingly) with the best photos of an all-star packed session. Watch the video from this day HERE.
Brian Conley in Mainland Mexico
We saved the best photos of the year for the Big Photo Book (Surfer Mag was pretty butt hurt when we unveiled our bigger format) and featured tube hunter Brian Conley on the cover. Holding his own camera in his hand, Conley was whipped into the wave—and onto the cover—with the help of a PWC. With nary a drop of water out of place, his hair whipping through the tubewind (a newly minted word that I just made up), and sunshine reflecting off the face of the wave and onto the subject; this is a one in a million shot. Photo: Brian Conley.
Watch an episode of Cote’s Cube where we surprise Conley with the cover.
What surfer girl is more deserving of the cover than Four-Time ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore? Gilmore, who recently had a scare after being attacked by a metal bar wielding psychopath, is the first girl ever to land the cover of TWS. Taken down the coast from her Snapper Rocks stomping grounds, the photo perfectly illustrates the qualities that make Steph special; the style, the grace, and the big ass spray that had readers claiming we photoshopped it in—which was entirely untrue. Get well soon Champ! Photo: Bosko
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Dustin Barca in Mainland Mexico
With California suffering through a miserable summer, all eyes turned south to Mexico where “May Gray” and “June Gloom” mean nothing. It wasn’t just Californians either, the bruddas from Hawaiian got wind of a perfect sand bottom pointbreak where access is difficult and the score ratio high and made the trip to Mexico as well. While Dustin Barca may ot know a lot of espanol, he knows a thing or two about busting airs. Photo: Noyle
Eric Geiselman in Bali
Here’s a little secret: If you’re in one of our movies, we’re going to be looking for cover worthy photos of you as the movie is being made. For instance, Eric Geiselman was one of the stars of High Five and lo and behold, he does a huge stalefish in Bali to nab the cover. Easy, right? Find out in this interview with Eric Geiselman. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Danny Fuller in Java
It's no secret that Kauai's Danny Fuller is as talented as they come when it comes to barreling lefts, but what is secret, is where he and TransWorld SURF‘s Damea Dorsey scored this epic cover shot, "It was just me out there," said Fuller upon return from his annual sojourn to Indonesia. "I've always dreamed about surfing perfect waves all by myself, but when it finally happened, I was like 'Where is everyone?' I was wishing there were some of my friends out there to share it with! I was looking over at Damea and just thinking, 'Is this really happening right now?'" Photo: Dorsey
For the whole sequence and more from Fuller go to Danny Fuller Lands The Cover Of TWS
Dion Agius in Bali
In the December issue of TransWorld SURF we revealed the winner of the first ever Imaginarium Surf Photography contest. There were three teams that all drew from a hat three different colors from the CMYK color spectrum. The team from Globe picked magenta and jetted off to Bali with scantily clad models and aerial surfing in mind. Suffice to say the boys nailed the most unique photo of the year and went on to win the contest where they were awarded the cover shot. Photo: Jason Reposar.
For a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot head to UNGU.
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