2015's year of Pro Surfing was beyond incredible and at the same time brutally punishing. The world's best surfers were absolutely pushed to the bloody edge to discover their limits, to challenge themselves on more levels then we could imagine.
Some possessed by super human powers, gladiators showing us how to dig deeper, how to reach in and find the courage to continue when it counts all in the true spirit of sportsmanship, friendship and what it means to be your best. It's always under these situations of extreme pressure that we get to see the raw and true nature of the being.
I'm saying thanks to these athletes and men I call friends for freely giving their time and allowing me access to photograph them, even when the chips were down and the going was tough, even when they were under extreme pressure, and even when they scored the most epic waves throughout the year – THANK YOU. For without these guys, their insane courage and spectacular talents, without their sponsors, the big surf companies and the World Surfing League (WSL), this level of surfing would never have been achieved.
You would not get to see these images and never get to have a glimpse into what it's like to be a Pro Surfer on tour, surfing the best waves in the world. Join me in sending good vibes to those injured gladiators in recovery and wishing everyone a spectacular and safe 2016 of surfing.