Five Photos by Peter Taras

posted by / Blogs, Photo / September 3, 2010

SURFING’s photo team is ichiban number one on planet earth, but thousands of their images go unseen. This travesty shall not stand. We give you SURFING’s Five Photos series.


“All these images are shot with a Mark III and a Canon 70-200 2.8L lens. All in California. It’s what I do. I’m a Photo Editor first and a photographer second. I fill the photo gaps. I do the things that I don’t think my senior photographers will do (which isn’t much) or I cover areas where we don’t have senior photographers. Here’s some outtakes from this winter and summer. Nothing amazing. Just 5 photos. So take it as it.”

—Peter Taras




Kolohe Andino // Steamer Lane
Kolohe Andino // Steamer Lane






Ian Crane // The O.C.
Ian Crane // The O.C.

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  • dude

    I like the guy in the foreground talkin’ ’bout the good ‘ol days…blah, blah…

  • Alan Harris

    Last one is sick.

  • Insight

    i like second to last… tire tracks in sand.. great colors in sky and background.. real nice.

  • Jeff Mull

    Pete’s way too humble. These photos are epic.

  • Jeff

    That Ventura wave looks like mini Pipe, so perfect… Nice work Pete

  • Ty H

    Pete is so radical. Great work here. I can’t wait for California in the fall.

  • The Dude

    The one in LA is sick, my uncle lives in P.V(hill in the background i believe) . lucky son of a gun.

    And the ‘blacks’ is just the way i imagin blacks to be.

  • Todd

    Winter shot of The OC (HB north end) captured it perfectly.

  • Ruddy

    f yeah, Pete! Nice work!

  • sammy

    these are sweet. can’t wait to see some crazy water shots. Waves are powerful and moving, nothing tells a story like the perspective of inside the monster.


    petes like “The Guy”

  • felipe

    started kind of soft but last two are exellent.

  • Linda Hale

    They are wonderful pictures…..Can’t wait to visit Long beach again one day….

  • jamie

    nice peter

  • 3d

    your the best pedro

  • Sebastian

    there all insane!!!

  • taras

    Thanks for the nice comments. I can’t wait to start shooting some water photos this winter after taking a 5 year hiatus from water photography. I’ll never be a Russo or Aichner but I’ll be swimming around Cali this winter.

  • chiz

    go get em pete!

  • Imaikalani

    Best photos I have ever seen in my life. What a great photo editor!

  • luke

    pete is the last one killer dana??

  • frank reynolds

    epic ! by the way todd the oc pic aint hb broseph stalin

  • buster

    Don’t call it that…

  • Evan

    arrested development!

  • BK

    photos-shmotoz …

    surfing should be outlawed – – except for me.

  • BK


    end of the road in DP ? – Oye think yev got it mate!

  • Jefe

    Go surf Blacks, it’s not crowded.

  • kala alexander

    Pete- If you come to hawaii, i smash yo face in brah.

  • Nik McCue

    Wow…Pete’s got a lot of fans.

  • southhigh





    all systems go




  • Mike Okenbalz

    Kala, leave Pete alone, and stop trying to gang rape drunk chicks on the north shore. you should be on those cave man commercials u dumb ass

  • Otto Focusissues

    Mark III ? ! ?

  • Crap E. Sensor

    You’re a black lens trapped in a Canon Body

  • Christian Readyhoff

    Nice pics Peter.
    Long time no see… I had no idea you were working with Surfing magazine (thanks Google). Soooo sweet!

    Guess that’s what happens when you move away, ya lose touch with your old friends.

    Hit me up if ya wanna catch up sometime.

  • Mark

    Hi, does anyone know where the SW pick is taken from the June (America issue) A few of us have an argument over it. I think it is Newport River Jetties…