Monday Photos: West Oz

posted by / Monday Photos / August 18, 2014

Clay Marzo is no stranger to lefthand barrels. Here he is feeling right at home in West Oz.

Clay Marzo is no stranger to lefthand barrels. He's also no stranger to photographer Brent Bielmann, who snuck under the lip to nail this shot.

This trip had no shortage of long, left barrels. Clay didn’t mind one bit.

The West Oz blues.

No matter what angle you look at it, this wave is still perfect.

No matter what angle you look at it, this wave is still perfect. Matt Meola.

Matt Meola. As deep as you can get.

Matt Meola. Black and white and fantastically barreled.

When you have a vision like this, it’s hard not to keep your mouth closed.

With a vision like this, it can be hard to keep your mouth closed — just imagine what Michael Jordan would have done in this thing.

The anticipation of what we all know if going to happen.

The anticipation of the inevitable. (A barrel is inevitable. Seriously, Clay can't evade them.)

Why is Matt in a full suit while Clay’s going bareback? That’s not rhetorical, we’re serious — any ideas?

Why is Matt in a full suit while Clay’s going bareback? That’s not rhetorical, we’re serious — any ideas?

Getting a shot, of a guy getting the shot, of a guy getting it.

Getting a shot of a guy getting the shot of Clay getting it.

While most of us are searching for the dream, Clay Marzo is living it.

You know the scene in Happy Gilmore where Adam Sandler dreams about a midget hopping around on a stick and slapping his ass? Well this is Clay’s happy place. Sorry, Grandma.

Air drop much? Matt Meola.

Air drop much? Matt Meola.

Positioning is everything. Matt Meola in the right place at the right time.

Timing is everything, but getting barreled is better. Matt Meola.

The somber walk up the point, only to find more prefect left-handers.

Why so somber?

Evading the barrel, laying the rail.

Evading the barrel, laying the rail.

If this doesn’t make you feel sad about sitting at your desk, we don’t know what will.

If this doesn’t make you feel sad about sitting at your desk, we don’t know what will.

Beautiful on the outside, violent on the inside. This wave could use some therapy.

Beautiful on the outside, violent on the inside. This wave could use some therapy.

You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy. Matt Meola

You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the camouflage off the boy. Matt Meola

You can’t get suited up fast enough when you pull up to a sight like this.

You go right.

Half of the fun is finding out what is over the next sand dune.

Half of the fun is finding out what is over the next dune.

Folklore says that if you paint your board to look like a sea snake, it’ll ward off sharks. That or sharks just aren’t into yellow, black and pink stripes. Either way, Matt didn’t get chomped.

Folklore says that if you paint your board to look like a sea snake, it’ll ward off sharks. That or sharks just aren’t into yellow, black and pink stripes. Either way, Matt didn’t get chomped.

Camouflage Shaka.

In the bush.

Western Australia’s sky is nicer than your sky, and it’s not afraid to flaunt that.

Western Australia’s sky is nicer than your sky, and it’s not afraid to flaunt that.

The offshore conditions provided perfect lines all day.

Clay is watched by many, loved by all.


All Photos: Brent Bielmann

Waves are waves and Clay is Clay. That’s the title of a Clay Marzo profile in our latest issue — and beyond that, it’s an unwavering truth. Waves, no matter how many different facets and moods they embody, are madly unchanging. And Clay Marzo, no matter how many curves the asphalt of his life takes, is unflinchingly Clay Marzo. For that, we love him. We went to Western Australia with Clay and Matt Meola (we love Matt, too) to shoot for the feature and here are all the photos you won’t see in print. The edit from this trip will drop on Wednesday and so will your jaw.

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    CLAY MARZO IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD!!! NOBODY surfs like that! If they do the learned it from Clay. Who is going to step up and start paying this guy some serious paper? YOU BIG MONEY GUYS ARE BLOWING IT! What are you waiting for? Competitions? Shit…THE COVER OF SURFING??? When they could pick ANYONE IN THIS BIG GIANT WORLD???

    “Clay Backs”
    “CLAYS BACK” (he NEVER left if you had your eyes open)

    “Waves are toys from God” ~Clay Marzo