Monday Photos: The Caribbean

posted by / Monday Photos, Photos / March 24, 2014

Eric Geiselman, Bree Kleintop, Oliver Kurtz, and Quincy Davis — out on the loveliest set of all.

Eric Geiselman, Bree Kleintop, Oliver Kurtz, and Quincy Davis — out on the loveliest set of all.

This wave is hidden around the corner from one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. Still, be surprised if anyone has ever surfed it. Eric Geiselman, a luxurious pioneer.

This wave is hidden around the corner from one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. Still, be surprised if anyone has ever surfed it. Eric Geiselman, a luxurious pioneer.

Quincy Davis? Yeah, we’re a big fan.

Quincy Davis? Yeah, we’re a big fan.

Lucky surfboard — as in, that’s Bree Kleintop’s lucky surfboard. Pervert.

Lucky surfboard — as in, that’s Bree Kleintop’s lucky surfboard. Pervert.

Turn down for what? Oliver Kurtz.

Turn down for what? Oliver Kurtz.

The allure of a beautiful woman. Oliver’s teeth tell one story… Quincy’s shirt, another.

The allure of a beautiful woman. Oliver’s eyes tell one story… Quincy’s shirt, another.

Yeah…. you’d probably claim this one, too. Eric Geiselman.

Yeah…. you’d probably claim this one, too. Eric Geiselman.

The softest touch. Oliver Kurtz

The softest touch. Oliver Kurtz.

Somewhere, out there… you’ve only 700 islands to search.

Somewhere, out there… you’ve only 700 islands to search.

“Come on babe, you missed the grab on that last one!” Bree Kleintop, the best (looking) advice.

“Come on babe, you missed the grab on that last one!” Bree Kleintop, the best (looking) advice.

Quincy Davis.

Quincy Davis.

Eric Geiselman, off the rocks.

Eric Geiselman, off the rocks.

Wide arms. Wide eyes. Wide open. When the Caribbean starts to look like this, Eric Geiselman knows to enjoy the view.

Wide arms. Wide eyes. Wide open. When the Caribbean starts to look like this, Eric Geiselman knows to enjoy the view.

In your wildest of dreams. Bree Kleintop

In your wildest of dreams. Bree Kleintop.

Sebastian Inlet taught Oliver Kurtz well.

Sebastian Inlet taught Oliver Kurtz well.

Michael Dunphy and Luke Davis. #Grinding.

Michael Dunphy and Luke Davis. #Grinding.

Michael Dunphy and Luke Davis. #Scoring.

Michael Dunphy and Luke Davis. #Scoring.

Mike Dunphy.

Mike Dunphy.

Men who ride (under) mountains. Luke Davis

Men who ride (under) mountains. Luke Davis

All blue everything. Luke Davis

All blue everything. Luke Davis.

That empty feeling.

That empty feeling.

Luke Davis.

Luke Davis.

“Somewhere, over the rainbow…” Mike and Luke, chasing a ballad.

“Somewhere, over the rainbow…” Mike and Luke, chasing a ballad...

…And finding the elusive pot of gold.

…And finding the elusive pot of gold.

This ferry ride was a nightmare. 4-hours through 10–feet of swell and sideways wind chop. We were told to focus on a point out the window and hold our gaze to avoid seasickness. For Luke and Dunphy, it worked. For most of the other passengers, not so much.

This ferry ride was a nightmare. 4-hours through 10–feet of swell and sideways wind chop. We were told to focus on a point out the window and hold our gaze to avoid seasickness. For Luke and Dunphy, it worked. For most of the other passengers, not so much.

Michael Dunphy, for the birds.

Michael Dunphy, for the birds.


All Photos: Jimmicane

Last winter, Jimmy Wilson and I went to the Caribbean. Twice. We dragged six surfers to five different islands. We spent money — lots of it. We drank too much rum. We blazed new trails and hiked old mountains that led us to waves that have rarely, if ever, been surfed. We revisited old favorites and found them even better than we remembered. We went out on set in the Caribbean. —Zander Morton

For the full story from our trip(s), grab our May issue, available on newsstands now. Consider this a tease.

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  • chango

    You gotta love how there is not even a single surf shot of Kleintop in either the mag or the internet. Just modeling shots. Don’t get me wrong, she is hot, which is enough for me. Let’s just stop pretending she is a surfer too.

  • Mark

    @chango

    LOL. I was going to say the same thing, but you beat me to it.

  • http://www.tonemorada.com Tone

    can put the name of the beaches for surfers who read your magazine please let us know.
    Thank you

  • Jimmicane

    @Tone sorry, we can’t do that because these are special places to the few people who know about them and exposing it to crowds would be wrong.

  • chaser

    None of at least one bottom turn by Bree?

  • 805local

    Bree does not do bottom turns, her bottom turns heads. Who cares if she is good at surfing… she is a surfer, and she is good at modeling. We all win here…

  • chaser

    So your saying sex sells?

  • Shop Pet

    Believe me. Every spot in these photos has been surfed before and for years…..these are not recently discovered spots by some new “explorers” so stop with the claiming. I never thought I would see the day some would show up in Surfing…..especially the last few shots of the northern most point of a devastated island. I lived there up until the big one in 95. Good luck getting there much less scoring it. Let’s see if you guys have the balls to post this.

  • Jimmicane

    @Shop Pet, the island you’re referring to is definitely not used to seeing surfers on a regular basis. I’m sure people have surfed it and scored it but we’re doing this with no one’s input and just going because we love the Caribbean and love checking new places out.

  • Surfdawg53

    @Shop Pet, I couldn’t agree with you more. The by-line to these photos and especially the comment on photo #2 would make people think that these “explorers” had found some unknown/unsurfed breaks in Caribbean. I and my friends surfed most of these places since the early 70′s, so much for never been surfed breaks.

  • Shop Pet

    @Jimmicane, I can appreciate that and I appreciate your discretion. It is sad what has happened to the island because it used to be such a special place for the few of us that we lucky enough to enjoy it the way it was. It was the real Caribbean.

    The last few years some spots in this part of the Caribbean have even appeared on the cover of magazines and some even claim they discovered it…especially a guy with the initials BB. It’s kind of insulting to the local surfers.

    Your article / photos were respectable….so thanks.

  • Shop Pet

    @Surfdawg53 It’s 2014 and all about the hype. Pictures can be deceiving. The cover of the July 2013 issue is not even a wave. It is a small unihabited island about 500 meters off the main island. The “spot” faces directly toward the main island and is just a surge that wraps around. Locals (and there are many on the island) don’t even give it a look and it makes the cover shot.

    One of the sister islands in the area has been on the cover of magazines three times. Self promoter BB claims to have discovered it when in fact it was on the cover of a French magazine years previously…..that is how he found out about it. AND these guys claim to be soul surfer pioneers……

  • RH

    I love the fact that people are panning Bree for not being in surfing photos, when the other gal is only IN surfing photos here cuz she does not look like Silvana Lima… even though Silvana looks far, far better than her ON A WAVE. Way to make all your bought buds look like kooks, Jimmi. And jeez, I was looking at that lava (sometimes) wedge on a wide-ranging googilirth fly-over just last night, and I’m pretty sure that the symbol didn’t stand for “secret”. Hell, Aruba, in the actual Caribbean, has a wave that breaks better than that, when there’s a hurricane passing… but a roustabout you are not, Jimmi, so you’ll never see that reef.

  • RH

    In fact, this kind of bilge makes it obvious that it’s the bro-bra companies, not the World Tour, that is the font of all kookdom. Shades of the Keramas contest, this. This is why surfers are thought of as the rich kooks of the world, and skaters as down these days. Try flying down to Aruba around a hurricane, and shoot lines peeling picturesquely into the face of fierce offshores. Nobody’s going to emulate you, and all that’ll happen is you get the shot and give us an unusual wave-face look. Try getting to that little island on the northwest coast of Haiti when a strong hurricane near Honduras is sending swells toward it through a 20,000 foot deep trench, on to its sand point tip. There’s a “set” that it would take a pair to get to… and doing so would only be beneficial to Haiti. Or bounce to Puerto Rico’s biggest spare (and barren) island, when there’s a big hurricane below Bermuda, and see how much swell gets through the not-so-deep-passage it is in and wraps down to the sand point on its southwest tip. Or, see if you can get a crew to ride creature -feature unstraight outer reefs on the edge of a drop into the blue, (where even Oarfish have been found), when a hurricane below Bermuda sends swells through a much wider-and-deeper-than-the-Delray-Window passage to the Bahamas’ most laid-BACK island. Otherwise, you’re just promoting kook flavor, and that hurts surfers nearly everywhere.

  • Shop Pet

    @Jimmicane after seeing the magazine (it takes awhile before it hits the stands down here) let me retract my thank you. You might as well of just named the island with all the simple clues. FYI The Beatles never recorded there as they broke up in 70 and the studio didn’t even open until 77…one of the members did. So I guess you can’t really trust everything you read or see on the internet can you. Speaking of which…good job on the trick fish eye photography making the “rouge” wave closeout look bigger and better than reality. If it was half that large of a swell….they would have been surfing CGB and look at the shots supposedly from earlier the same day at the shack. Keep up the good work doing this with no one’s input.

  • jack f

    Thanks so much for not naming where the photos are from! I know where and way too many do too already!!!!!

  • garbaldo

    Hi Luke and Mike,

    Congrats on scoring the waves on the tiny West Indies island. Your timing was great! It’s very rare to get those spots just right. It was very cool to see the slab of reef again…the Elkhorn coral is pretty isn’t it, there is also fire coral down there ya know. It’s funny it took Surfing Mag (or any mag) 34 years to to discover it, it’s very amusing really!

    My brother and I pioneered the tiny island when we moved there in 1980 as teens from Manhattan Beach, Ca. We surfed and named all the spots. Brother is credited for writing for “The Surf Report” newsletter at the time. Back then, we we’re told by the locals that we were the first to surf the island, we did so for 12 years. It was a dream…unfortunatly the best wave, “The Rivermouth” was destroyed, (you know where)down by the old hotel,after the rivermouth blew open, because of Le Boom!

    Anyways, this evening we were deciding whether or not to disclose the island…but since know one mentioned it in these posts, we’ll let it ride. Got a trip planned for Sept 2014, tyring to salvage our home…we’ll see.

    Hope you have it in you to mums the word about our little secret eh? For those that surfed with us when sailing by, you remember who you are, and the bros from the South Bay too.

    Ok, Aloha,

    Garbaldo

  • Uncle

    I was a student on the island…I remember those guys too. Fro and Gary would surf all day when the swell came up. There was William too, he was a local. The boys also windsurfed a lot.
    Don’t recall where they moved…I thinl Maui. Beautiful island, amazing people, great waves…but you have to live there to really score it.
    Uncle