All Photos and Captions: Brent Bielmann
Brent Bielmann is almost like a unicorn. He’s that rare breed of surf photographer, the type that is crazy enough to put himself in places and situations where the other 99.9% wouldn’t dare. And that’s right in harms way — underneath the lip line at some of the world’s scariest, thickest and shallowest waves. Brent cut his teeth at TransWorld Surf for the last couple of years and now we’re really excited to welcome him into our family. While we’re just getting to know him, we’re finding that his personality is amazingly similar to his Uncle Brian Bielmann’s. Brent is one of the nicest, warmest and funniest 25-year-olds we’ve ever met and we’re really excited about adding him to our team of Duncan Macfarlane, Steve Sherman, Corey Wilson, DJ Struntz, Dr. Jimmicane and myself. Keep an eye out for his work in upcoming issues of SURFING magazine or look for that unicorn horn protruding from the water in the riskiest of positions in big surf. But for now, you can simply enjoy his Monday Photos. —Pete Taras
John John at a South African slab. This was the most scared I've ever been in my life while shooting. I couldn’t stop envisioning myself flying through the air on shark week.
JJF is one of the world’s best aerial surfers, if not the best. In case you haven't noticed, he’s pretty good in the barrel too.
Kiron Jabour at the Cape of Good Hope. I’m gonna have to thank Mom John for dragging us down to this spot!
Stephen Koehne at solid Log Cabins. In my opinion, this wave can be gnarlier than Backdoor. It throws so fast and has a very unforgiving bottom of death pinnacles.