Monday Photos: Best Unseen

posted by / Monday Photos, Photos / December 30, 2013

This is street artist known as BERT. Seeing how is his art is considered "a crime," he is rarely seen by the general surf public. We've become friends over the last year and he let me into his world. His whole street art act reminds me of lot of when I used to shoot street skating. Hit-and-run missions on the fly! Photo: Steve Sherman

BERT, California. This is street artist known as BERT. Seeing how is his art is considered "a crime," he is rarely seen by the general surf public. We've become friends over the last year and he let me into his world. His whole street art act reminds me of lot of when I used to shoot street skating. Hit-and-run missions on the fly! Photo: Steve Sherman

I call this image" Love on the Tour." It's Jordy Smith, and his fiancée Lyndall in the party trenches of Dick's sandbar in Hossegor, France. Next to them is Jordy's right-hand man Jared House. This is my favorite bar in all of Europe! Photo: Steve Sherman

Jordy Smith, France. I call this image" Love on the Tour." It's Jordy Smith, and his fiancée Lyndall in the party trenches of Dick's sandbar in Hossegor, France. Next to them is Jordy's right-hand man Jarrad Howse. This is my favorite bar in all of Europe! Photo: Steve Sherman

Kelly Slater, Indonesia. While in Bali, my son Taj and I spent an afternoon over at Kelly's warung relaxing by the pool. This docile bird that my son named "Pedro" kept on coming around and landing on Taj's finger. As soon as Kelly saw this all going down, he had to ramp it up, and had the bird on his finger, touching his nose. I call this photo "The Bird Whisperer." Photo: Steve Sherman

Kelly Slater, Indonesia. While in Bali, my son Taj and I spent an afternoon over at Kelly's warung relaxing by the pool. This docile bird that my son named "Pedro" kept on coming around and landing on Taj's finger. As soon as Kelly saw this all going down, he had to ramp it up, and had the bird on his finger, touching his nose. I call this photo "The Bird Whisperer." Photo: Steve Sherman

Simon Anderson, Australia. He’s striking a Michael Peterson pose in Rainbow Bay. One of the coolest aspects of my job is that I am enabled to become friends with great people like Simon. When I was a kid all I wanted to do was to perfect the lay-back backside tube riding technique that Simon pioneered. Photo: Steve Sherman

Simon Anderson, Australia. He’s striking a Michael Peterson pose in Rainbow Bay. One of the coolest aspects of my job is that I am enabled to become friends with great people like Simon. When I was a kid all I wanted to do was to perfect the lay-back backside tube riding technique that Simon pioneered. Photo: Steve Sherman

Dane Reynolds, Australia. I shot this at the apartment where he stayed during the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast. I was there to shoot a Channel Island ad. When I met him in the lobby, I noticed this really cool mirror with water running down it and it looked like the perfect place for a trippy portrait. Very abstract, very Dane. Photo: Steve Sherman

Dane Reynolds, Australia. I shot this at the apartment where he stayed during the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast. I was there to shoot a Channel Island ad. When I met him in the lobby, I noticed this really cool mirror with water running down it and it looked like the perfect place for a trippy portrait. Very abstract, very Dane. Photo: Steve Sherman

Creed McTaggart, Panama. This was on Jack Freestone’s 21st birthday. Took some cool photos. Drank a lot. Not a soul around either. Looking at this photo gets me excited to surf. Photo: Duncan MacfarlaneCreed McTaggart, Panama. This was on Jack Freestone’s 21st birthday. Took some cool photos. Drank a lot. Not a soul around either. Looking at this photo gets me excited to surf. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

Creed McTaggart, Panama. This was on Jack Freestone’s 21st birthday. Took some cool photos. Drank a lot. Not a soul around either. Looking at this photo gets me excited to surf. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

Tanya Smart, Australia. I was stoked to go down and watch SURFING’s Swimsuit Issue get created in Oz this year. I never really work on that kind of stuff, so I was stoked to help out where I could and snap a few on the side. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

Tanya Smart, Australia. I was stoked to go down and watch SURFING’s Swimsuit Issue get created in Oz this year. I never really work on that kind of stuff, so I was stoked to help out where I could and snap a few on the side. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

Shane Dorian, West Oz. We were trying so hard to get this spot good on this trip, and we finally got it firing with no one else out on the last day. Shane was so excited that he put his wetsuit on backwards, not even kidding. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

Shane Dorian, West Oz. We were trying so hard to get this spot good on this trip, and we finally got it firing with no one else out on the last day. Shane was so excited that he put his wetsuit on backwards, not even kidding. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

John John Florence, Bali. This was a lay day at the Oakley Pro and the waves were pretty average for Keramas. Still, John was going bonkers. He did a bunch or giant backside air revises gong left at Keramas — which was weird, but awesome. And he landed this tweaked slob.

John John Florence, Bali. This was a lay day at the Oakley Pro and the waves were pretty average for Keramas. Still, John was going bonkers. He did a bunch or giant backside air revises gong left at Keramas — which was weird, but awesome. And he landed this tweaked slob. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

Laurie Towner at home. He lives an hour drive from me so I like to head up there when the waves are good. In my opinion, he is one of the best surfers around and is horribly underrated. I'd love to see more video parts from him.

Laurie Towner, Australia. He lives an hour drive from me so I like to head up there when the waves are good. In my opinion, he is one of the best surfers around and is horribly underrated. I'd love to see more video parts from him. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane

Taj Burrow, Indonesia. This is the man who literally wrote the book on aerials. I love images with layers. I’m always looking for new ways to make something we’ve seen before look fresh. Photo: DJ Struntz

Taj Burrow, Indonesia. This is the man who literally wrote the book on aerials. I love images with layers. I’m always looking for new ways to make something we’ve seen before look fresh. Photo: DJ Struntz

Nate Tyler, Indonesia. Nate is our eco-warrior. He hides out off the grid in Central California and then will hightail it around the globe without a complaint in search of Joe G's next Shangri-La. Photo: DJ Struntz

Nate Tyler, Indonesia. Nate is our eco-warrior. He hides out off the grid in Central California and then will hightail it around the globe without a complaint in search of Joe G's next Shangri-La. Photo: DJ Struntz

Damien Hobgood, Indonesia. Damo is the guy that pushes everybody else to go bigger when the waves are pumping. Surfing may be the world's most selfish sport, but he's one of the most selfless surfers I know…That said, with his ability and wave knowledge, he usually manages to pick his share of gems. Photo: DJ Stuntz

Damien Hobgood, Indonesia. Damo is the guy that pushes everybody else to go bigger when the waves are pumping. Surfing may be the world's most selfish sport, but he's one of the most selfless surfers I know… That said, with his ability and wave knowledge, he usually manages to pick his share of gems. Photo: DJ Stuntz

Dion Agius, Indonesia. I love the quality of the evening light. I also like how Dion is somewhat hidden from me, focusing all your attention on the explosion of the action. Photo: DJ Struntz

Dion Agius, Indonesia. I love the quality of the evening light. I also like how Dion is somewhat hidden from me, focusing all your attention on the explosion of the action. Photo: DJ Struntz

Creed McTaggart, Indonesia. Creed’s surfing is really exciting to watch. He draws these unique lines that are truly a blend of retro and modern. You never know what to expect when he’s on a wave. Photo: DJ Struntz

Creed McTaggart, Indonesia. Creed’s surfing is really exciting to watch. He draws these unique lines that are truly a blend of retro and modern. You never know what to expect when he’s on a wave. Photo: DJ Struntz

Ricky Whitlock, Mexico. Puerto Escondido is one of my favorite places in the world. There’s nothing better than staying at a cheap hotel on the beach and waking up to waves like this. Ricky Whitlock and took a trip there last summer and scored. Photo: Corey Wilson

Ricky Whitlock, Mexico. Puerto Escondido is one of my favorite places in the world. There’s nothing better than staying at a cheap hotel on the beach and waking up to waves like this. Ricky Whitlock and took a trip there last summer and scored. Photo: Corey Wilson

Mexico. This is from a trip with the Rip Curl team. This photo was taken the first day we got there. I remember driving up to this wave straight off the plane and everyone in the car screaming with excitement. Photo: Corey Wilson

Mexico. This is from a trip with the Rip Curl team. This photo was taken the first day we got there. I remember driving up to this wave straight off the plane and everyone in the car screaming with excitement. Photo: Corey Wilson

Dane Reynolds, California. Taylor Knox invited me to go on a little road trip up to Dane’s hometown. We woke up at 3AM in order to beat LA traffic and drove straight to this spot. Ended up scoring the best waves I have ever seen in California. Photo: Corey Wilson

Dane Reynolds, California. Taylor Knox invited me to go on a little road trip up to Dane’s hometown. We woke up at 3AM in order to beat LA traffic and drove straight to this spot. Ended up scoring the best waves I have ever seen in California. Photo: Corey Wilson

Kolohe Andino, Australia. Kolohe made my job very easy in West Oz. Photo: Corey Wilson

Kolohe Andino, Australia. Kolohe made my job very easy in West Oz. Photo: Corey Wilson

Michael Dunphy, California. Every year, I try and spend a couple weeks in Northern California hanging with friends and family. You can almost always head over to Nat Young's place and find a house full of visiting talent. Pictured here is Michael “The Scorpion” Dunphy at one of the sharkier spots. Photo: Corey Wilson

Michael Dunphy, California. Every year, I try and spend a couple weeks in Northern California hanging with friends and family. You can almost always head over to Nat Young's place and find a house full of visiting talent. Pictured here is Michael “The Scorpion” Dunphy at one of the sharkier spots. Photo: Corey Wilson

Keali'i Mamala, Tahiti. He’s taming the Teahupo'o beast. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Keali'i Mamala, Tahiti. He’s taming the Teahupo'o beast. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Hawaii. This is Pipeline, west and stacking. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Hawaii. This is Pipeline, west and stacking. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Stephene Koehne, Hawaii. Steph, doing some cave dwelling at Log Cabins. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Stephene Koehne, Hawaii. Steph, doing some cave dwelling at Log Cabins. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Yadin Nicol, Indonesia. Yadin and that classic Bali view. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Yadin Nicol, Indonesia. Yadin and that classic Bali view. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Kelly Slater, Hawaii. Kelly is the master of all — including Backdoor. Photo: Brent Bielmann

Kelly Slater, Hawaii. Kelly is the master of all — including Backdoor. Photo: Brent Bielmann


This world is filled with cracks, and things tend to slip through them. The humble publication known as SURFING Magazine is your everyday fault line — our cracks are grander than a canyon. Consequently, beautiful photos tend to slip and slide into our gorge of disregard. But a few weeks ago, we decided to send a search and rescue crew into that gorge. We asked our lovely staff of Senior Photographers to pick their five favorite unpublished images of the great year of 2013. The twenty-five images above come from the minds and lenses of DJ Struntz, Steve Sherman, Corey Wilson, Brent Bielmann and Duncan Macfarlane. These gentleman also went so far as to caption them for your absorption. Now don’t you dare overlook them.

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  • Mik

    great selection of images. made my day.

  • tbone

    pic says it all
    BEST UNSEEN….

  • mateo

    a bunch of neat stuff. image 22 is the most interesting take on Pipe that I’ve seen in ages.