A Fine Fortnight At his stomping ground on Sydney's Northern Beaches, photographer Mark Onorati keeps an eye on every new sandbank, the tide it works best on and what time of day might deliver the best light. No wonder then, that over a period of only two weeks, he was able to come up with this stunning spread featuring acute angles and unusual set-ups. He also provided the informative extended captions.
A Full Season While Mark O documents a fortnight on a small strip of beaches, Chris Klopf, on the other side of the world in equatorial Central America, spent a whole season shooting some of the world's best surfers. You can imagine the results as Al K, Pickle, Jared M and numerous others enjoy Chris's hospitality and some of the hottest and best waves on the planet.
Logging - A New Species To put a question mark after this heading or not? That was the biggest dilemma the editor had in placing this interesting, informative and witty piece by Cronulla's Rod Dale. It also gave us the excuse to go back through the files and pull out some of our favourite logging shots from Joel Tudor to the current crop including Matt Chojnacki and Dane Peterson.
Rasta & Lauren It seems like he's everywhere and he probably is given his freedom to roam in his numerous roles, but there is also another intriguing aspect to Rasta's life and that's his partner Lauren. Waves editor Ben Whitmore goes long for a change to tell us some of Lauren's story and what's going on in Rastaworld. Some great surf shots of both but Swilly bagged some classics with Lauren styling at the Pass and Rasta body-surfing underwater.
The Lure of Crescent Alan Rich has really had a rich surfing life. After quitting lifeguarding in California in the '70s he moved to Oz, made surf movies Saltwater Wine, Playgrounds in Paradise and Wizards of the Water, got some uni degrees, was elected to Ballina Shire Council but has now really hit the big time with a brief to report from the Crescent Malibu Classic for PLB. As usual for our print edition we wanted colour and the vibe, not the gory details of the contest and Alan delivered!
Noosa Nias and Beyond - Part 2 Wendy Adcock continues her adventures with Peter Troy. A fascinating and original insight into a series of travel adventures we are unlikely to see again. This part of the journey culminates in the surfing of Nias for the first time.
How to avoid being eaten by a shark Michael Gordon is the national editor for the Age newspaper in Melbourne. Whether that is more or less dangerous than being in the surf with a bloody big shark is debatable, but here Michael reflects on his first hand experiences and the recent spate of attacks in W.A.
Page Three Girl Stephanie Schetchter is only 17 but has travelled to most of the must-surf places, has an impressive list of sponsors and really brightens up the line-up at her regular spots of Swami's and Cardiff Reef.
The Buzz PT, Cooper, Italy, Beer news, Rusty in Portugal, wooden boards – in fact all the news you didn't know you needed.
Cutting Edge Two new movies and the latest floating sunnies.