low down on surfboard shapers around Newport.
Click the photo below....
A few of the good people that produce
your great boards. In Newport.
Today is International Surfing Day!
You must surf today, it's a state law. Well sort of... And
you don't want to break the law do you?
So, tell your boss, your wife, your
significant other, that you have something important to do
today! And go surf!
For more info on this monumental
day of the year... Click the photo below.
Surfing, somewhere in Newport...
Is a swell really a swell,
if there's no Surfline Swell Feature?
here to see a few photos from the past few week's swells...
Everyone in town loves
What does it have that Newport doesn't?
We'll, ah, a World Class reef break...
Cick the image below to find out
about Encinitas's and it's premiere shapers.
If only Newport had just one of
these... Swami's Reef, Encinitas.
Big Swell = Big Surfline Photo Feature.
Click the image below...
J.O.B. about to become one with
Holiday Swell = Surfline Holiday
Groms love the holidays!
A lot of surf the past month means
only one thing. A Surfline Swell Feature.
Click the photo below.
September was good to Newport...
Click the image below for a slideshow
of the recent string of California swells...
Far to the North of Newport, Last
photo for another swell feature...
Newport's Eric A., no holds barrel.
Southern Hemi "Opening Week".
Last Thursday. Newport.
Where was the surf good on the West
Coast last week? Everywhere...
Click the photo below for a slideshow.
Leave the 5'10" at home....
(photo copyright Cozad)
The surf has been non-stop. It started
over a week ago, and has no signs of letting up anytime soon.
Click the photo below...
May 18th, 2010
For a slideshow of last weekends
$50,000 VQS event at 54th st. click the image below...
Post, 2025 VQS Pro Am Champion.
Jan. 15th, 2009
Click the image below for
a big swell preview...
Gray negotiating the boil
Burle, Maverick's Surf Contest, last Saturday.
the image above for coverage on the event.
copyright T. Cozad)
March 2nd, 2010
Between the semis and
the finals of every big wave event there's about a 30 minute break where they
tally up the semi final scores, and allow the competitors that made it into the
final time to rest a bit, before they have to paddle back out. During that time
there is always a large crew of free surfers that paddle out and grab everything
that comes in. Some of the crew are on it because pointed at the break are still
cameras, video cameras, big wave chargers, contest directors and surf industry
and magazine guys... all watching the line-up. And for these nameless chargers
it's a big opportunity to get noticed.
a Surfline slideshow of the Todos Big Wave Event, click the image below...
about to devour another victim...17 y.o. Jeff Newell Sunday.
Long and Gary Linden, celebrating that they pulled off a big wave event at Todos..
T Cozad 2010)
Click the image below
for editorial and images from last weeks memorial paddleout for
Mike Marshall's Memorial Paddleout
to Newport Pier Seafood for
their roof access.
to Lorin Ely-McGregor (LE-Creative.com)
for the above photo merge
Jan. 26, 2010
Click the image below to see
what the swell of the year, so far, did up and down the Pacific Coast last weekend.
the Circus arrived.
Jan 23rd, 2010, 7:40 am
Newport's Alex Knost is a freak of nature on a longboard, but he is also incredibly
cordial in the water.... and seems as talented in his art and music as he is in
When I heard Water
Magazine was doing a feature on him last summer... I asked if I could submit,
as I've shot him for many years. So I dug into my archives, and spent the morning
chasing him around the line-up with a camera.
the photo above to see the Water Magazine interview, which now includes a video
of Alex surfing Newport and Trestles...
March 18th, 2009
The first solid Southern Hemi
of the year has hung around for the past week... and although there was a lot
of wind associated with the first half of the swell, the second half filled in
along with good conditions.
Click the photo
below for a slideshow of some of the California action.
Josh Hoyer... clearing obstacles in Newport.
June 19th, 2009
For a slideshow of some
of the recent Southern Hemi swell action, please click the large photo below...
is Southern Hemi Swells, Happiness is being a dad!
days that will be remembered..
took 6 days of planning! Shoot a big Southern Hemi swell from Malibu to Trestles
in the morning. And the Hobgood brothers charging big Wedge in the afternoon.
All from the air.
But then the morning of
the mission dawned with light fog and gray skies. So we never made it to Malibu.
And the Hobgoods couldn't find parking at the Wedge and they never made it into
None the less it was possible to
capture a number of interesting images during the flights. And while I was a little
bummed that I didn't capture a lot of surfing, Bill Sharp said something that
put it in perspective. "Who cares about surfing when nature is getting freaky?
the image below to view the recent swell from the air. And see a few images of
the freaky things nature can do during a big swell...
a slideshow of the recent string of South Swells, which includes images from the
pack of photographers that were running around Newport, click the photo below...
album from last week will be up Friday.
May 26th, 2009
For editorial and a slideshow
of the Echo Beach Weekend premier party in Newport earlier this month, click the
everyone enjoyed the party... in Newport
May 14th, 2009
For a slideshow of the recent
Volcom Hillbilly Championships, which includes commentary from Maui's Dusty
Payne, and Aussie Mitch Coleburn, click below.
HAW... IM AT DEE OCEEN...
Whoop, Whoop, Whoop...
on a mission to shoot the coast from a helicopter for over a year. But getting
solid surf, clear skies, incredible visibility, and absolutely no wind has been
frustrating and near impossible.
week though, Surfline forecaster Kevin Wells, deemed Monday might be the day,
so I started putting everything together. The morning dawned however with clouds
and inconsistent surf in our area, and it appeared like the project would be scrubbed
once again. A look at the sat loop however looked like if we hauled ass north
we could maybe outrun the clouds. So we went, and it paid off.
From Palos Verdes where the Lanada Bay Boys all flipped us off in unison as the
we hovered over their heads, to the Ranch and Point Conception, where the best
images where taken, but will never released.... It was truly an amazing experience.
Thanks to everyone involved in the project.
the photo below to see images of the coast...
Heading to the Ranch in morning rush hour traffic.
Gulf, Pacific... Every U.S. coast has been getting surf in one form or another
over the past few weeks. Click the photo below for a pictorial of some of the
Knox, taking a slice out of the Pacific...
Oct. 22th, 2008
If you're one
of the growing number of people that have caught the SUP craze that's sweeping
the harbor and local beaches. Click the photo below for an editorial about a new
Coast Guard SUP regulation...
a slideshow of surf along the California coast during the most recent swell...
the image below...
extended, and hoping for a smooth landing...in
Go and watch the Blackies Classic 5th Anniversary Halloween Slideshow"
use is now heavily restricted in the Monterey Bay area, the home of both Ghost
Trees and Mavericks...
Click the image below for the story...
Want to know what
to expect for surf in Orange County this month?
either one of the photos below and find out...
Burrows at the San Deigo - Orange County border.
copyright Tom Cozad 2008______________________________
Newport Pro 08'
eyes on the Newport Pro
final word about the circus...
"Nathaniel Curran against some French guy"... was how the "Poorman"
described it as he was filming a segment for his show Bikini Beach during
the final of the U.S. Open. And if you didn't see the final, all you missed was
a couple WQS work horses staring at a nearly flat ocean for 30 minutes.
was ahead throughout the final against the Frenchmen, and like he had done against
Simpo during his semi... The Frenchmen, Tim Boal, caught a mediocre wave in the
last seconds of the heat and rode it to the beach.
then everyone waited for the Frenchmen's score. and they waited. And the surfers
arrived on the beach, where they were immediately surrounded by media and fans...
and they waited some more. The announcers then told the crowd the computer was
down and the scores would be forth coming, which wasn't exactly true. Rabbit Bartholomew,
ASP director, gave the order that the contest organizers wait to announce the
winner on the podium.
the competitors standing at the water's edge awaiting some kind of answer....and
the media and photogs requiring some kind of a winner... It was somehow decided
that Nate was it, and he was chaired by his crew, and the typical final heat chaos
is this Frenchmen Tim Boal? Click one of the photos below and find out.
with brother Tim Curran, looking for an answer...
July 31st, 2008
Brett Simpson was set to go to the finals of last weekend's
U.S. Open after a solid performance in his semi against Frenchmen surfer Tim Boal.
In the closing minutes of the heat the crowd in the stands were cheering for Brett's
win, his mass of supporters at waters edge we're giddy with excitement awaiting
his arrival to the beach, the media was falling over each other as they prepared
to pounce on him, and "Fig", the U.S. Open's announcer, was claiming
his victory. And then in the last seconds of the heat, Boal grabbed a mediocre
wave, surfed it to the sand, and got the score he needed. A .07 lead over Simpo.
At the end of every
heat that late in the game it gets really chaotic at the water's edge, with media
and fans stumbling over each other to get to whatever surfer. But when the announcement
came over the speaker that Boal got the needed score, everyone froze in disbelief.
The quietness was eerie, and Simpo, arriving on shore, quickly walked past the
large group of frozen zombies, without anyone moving or muttering a word.
the link below for editorial and a slideshow of the
Mens' 2008 U.S. Open of Surfling
down on the "frontlines" of the U.S. Open of Surfing, you see and hear
first hand the hype that all media on the beach tries to generate. Again this
year a lot of that media attention was directed towards Brett Simpson... but without
a doubt the darling of this year's event was Coco Ho. You'd hear over and over
from the surf and non surf media alike, how interesting she was. And truthfully
all the hype is pretty well deserved. She's got the look, the personality, the
pedigree, appears humble and surfs well in all types of surf...
the link below for editorial and a slideshow of the U.S. Open of Surfing Womens'
divisions if you haven't seen it.
U.S. Open of Surfing
Ho, double finalist... at the U.S. Open of Surfing
the result of his floater
Friday July 25th, 2008
Swells, Tropical Storm swells, Southern Hemi Swells... The entire Pacific has
been getting surf in one form or another over the past few weeks... Click the
photo below for a slideshow of some of the action...
boost... in Mexico.
For a slideshow of surf action in the Pacific druing
the month of June...
Click the photo below.
Summer time sharing... June
08', in Newport
2008 NSSA Nationals
the photo below for photos and editorial of the Womens' Division of the 2008 NSSA
that a few good waves will come her way...
@ NSSA Nationals
the photo below for photos and editorial of the NSSA Mens' division
during contests, no wave goes unridden... @ Lowers
4 days over the past week Lowers was as good as it gets, And because most of the
coast was closed out, everyone, including the WCT elite, showed up.
I was lucky enough to find time to shoot it 2 of those days from the water, and
it was so cool to swim in nice size surf with a camera again. Look for a lot more
water images from NewportSurfShots over the summer.
Click the photo below for a link to a slideshow of the Trestle's Super Sessions.
Shore legend Micheal Ho... Making the 50 year old and over crew proud.
photos and editorial of last weekend's Arnette Jr. Pro in Newport, click the photo
Brent Beardon, Junior Pro Winner Cory Arambide, Newport groms with free stuff,
and the unique Junior Pro Trophy.
People... @ the Junior Pro
you haven't seen the Surfline slideshow of early June's swells, click the photo
Davis, stoked about the swell, not stoked about the board...
Pro surfer Alex Gray was nice enough again this year to narrate a slideshow of
photos from last weekend's Volcom World Championships, held at 54th... and it
turned out pretty damn funny. Click the photo below to see the show.
Volcom... All pumped up!
a slideshow of some of last weekend's south swell action, click the photo below...
"Spides"... Throwing water...
was sketchy heading to Baja last month, as no one could guarantee what the conditions
would be like in the morning. I'd just gotten back from Hawaii the night before,
and wanted to just stay home, relax and surf the building swell. But when I was
offered a ride "South of the Border", and a boat to shoot from... and
then heard about the Tanner Bank buoy readings... I had to go!
the photo below to see some of the action from "South of the Border"
during the recent swell.
you haven't seen Surfline's slideshow of early Spring in California. Click the
into Spring @ Lowers.
a slideshow of some of last weekend's surfing action throughout the state, click
the super exciting high action photograph below.
Tractors in a field... in Nor Cal
photos and editorial of the 2008 Mavericks Surf Contest click the photo below
(Photo Copyright Tom Cozad
the albums section for the album "Sept. in Newport" shot last week,
and click "Watch Dotphoto Show" to view the slide show. Also click the
link below, to view Surfline's pictorial of September surf on the west Coast,
if you haven't already seen it.
Joey Head recently recovered from a torn meniscus, in his knee. I'm sure his orthopedic
surgeon is glad he's been taking it easy...
the peak of the recent combo offshore wind swell, Plans were made for me to shoot
the surf from a helicopter, but 10 minutes from the airport I got shut down. I
had tons of camera gear, photo memory to the hilt, and was amping to shoot. So
I decided instead to shoot the crap out of everywhere in Newport I could think
of. It started in the morning trying to stay dry while shooting from the end of
one of the jetties, and ended in the afternoon, while shooting from the now dented
roof of my truck. I got so much amazing stuff, for a kook photog like me.
a short slideshow of the day, click the photo below, and read a little about why
the heli got grounded. Also thanks to the Newport crew that had planned for the
copter's arrival, and to "BirdDog" at HBpeir.com
for rounding up the Huntington crew for the shoot. Hopefully I'll be in the air
one day in the near future.
the ground... in Orange County
info. on the proposed 241 Toll Road, and to see an artist rendition of what the
highway would look like running through the San Onofre Park area, click the photo
This is the only thing that should be speeding
through the San Onofre State
Rob Machado Experince
shot a lot of events over the years, I recently did the funnest shoot I've ever
went down at Seaside Reef in San Diego. There was
Pat O., Rob, Simpo, little groms charging, sponsored and unsponsored heats, an
afro expression session, ... and I got to see me little kids surf the contest
and have a blast... to cool!
in San Diego.
Click the photo below for the action.
team manager Pat OConnell, more than a little excited about the event.
a glimpse of what the surf during the month of November might be like, click the
beginning of September went off in Southern California. Solid south, wind swell
bump, warm weather, and windless days. Click the photo below to see a Surfline
pictorial of the event.
Brillhart, enjoying the view... in Newport.
One of my favorite events to shoot
in the summer is the Huntington Beach BoardFest. I get to run around and shoot
a few cool lifestyle photos, see my daughter surf in the BoardFest surf clinic.
Newport's Erica Hosseini surf in the Pro-Am contest, and Newport's Kaleigh Gilchrist
win her division. The BoardFest is a testament of the great surfing, skating and
snowboarding that women are currently doing, and the crew that puts it on every
year does an awesome job.
For a pictorial
of the Labor Day Weekend BoardFest, click the photo below.
founder and coordinator Holly Beck... in the spotlight, in H.B.
below for a pictorial of the first NW swell of the season
at the Pier"... in Huntington
me the only way not to go nuts shooting while everyone else is scoring is to get
completely surfed out before an epic swell arrives. So for the past week I've
been trying to surf my brains out... Anyway, people ask how I handle missing out,
so that's what I do. This coming combo swell looks to be epic!
a little info about "Combo Swells", click the link below.
Max, doesn't need a combo swell to throw a big turn... This
week in Newport
the photo below for a Halloween surf slideshow
Vampire Kerry Pedlow... Looking for victims, at Blackies.
in the day there was female surfer Shannon Ackerman charging big surf around Newport,
Vicki Donnetelli tearing around town with her matching pink surfboard and Porsche,
and Tricia Gill snagging all the runners off the lower jetties.
Today, while raising a daughter in town, it's great to see Newport has a number
of excellent female role models that enjoy surfing and the ocean, and that young
girls can look up to. Newport's Cathy Brunmier, Kaleigh Gilchrist, and Ericia
Hosseini, to name a few.
a slideshow on Erica, and see what she's been up to, click the photo below.
all smiles... in Newport
you haven't seen it.
Click the photo
below for a slideshow of the last Southern Hemi swell.
Air... @ The Wedge
shot a number of Wheels 2 Water events over the
last few years. It's an organization that takes individuals that have been paralyzed,
out into the ocean, to ride waves.
the coolest things during the U.S. Open of Surfing last weekend was seeing some
of those same guys from Wheels 2 Water events in the water surfing during the
"Life Rolls On Expression Session". The guys charged, some took some
serious spills... but each got right back onto their board and headed back out
I met Patrick, below, for the first
time when he was 10 years old at an event at Blackies. He's a quadriplegic, the
result of being run over by a car at the age of 14 months old. He's one of the
nicest kids you could ever meet, and is as stoked on surfing as any young grom.
Last Sunday was his 13th birthday, and not only did he get to surf in the "Life
Rolls On" event, he had the honor of accepting Honda's $50,000 check to the
Life Rolls On organization.
was more than one winner at the U.S. Open of Surfing... last weekend in H.B.
more photos and editorial of the U.S. Open of Surfing... You can click the link
U.S. Open of Surfing
to Newport's Cameron Oden for helping me with the event on Sunday.
Wednesday was one of those 8 days of the year that Newport actually gets really
good. It was beyond crowded though, and the beach was lined with surf photogs,
each shooting the talent they had brought... So I didn't shoot that day, and went
and surfed somewhere instead, which is kinda dumb of me I guess. Thursday however
the crowd had mellowed at Newport's famous sandbar, most of the photogs had moved
on to invade somewhere else, and there was still a bit of combo swell left, NewportSurfShots.com's
camera was there.
Click the link below for
a slide show of last weeks action throughout Southern California. with Newport
photos taken by super photog Tom Carey on "Perfect Wednesday", and mine
Granger Larson, laying into Newport...
U.S. Open of Surfing
This year's NSSA Nationals has
come and gone, and Lowers is now back to it's crowded, busy and chaotic self.
A lot of interesting things went down at this year's event, here are a few impressions....
Nike turned the beach into a bit of a circus, Coco Ho ripped and will one day
be National Champ, as soon as Carrisa Moore retires. Surf coaches need to teach
how to avoid interference. Kolohe Andino hates to lose! The boys division groms
have just as much fun playing on the beach together, as they do competing together.
Frequent Newport surfer Konoa Igarashi needs a wider board so he can fit more
sponsor's stickers on it. Newport's Kaleigh Gilchrist could have done well, if
her entry had not arrived after the deadline. The Hawaiians are extremely supportive
of each other, and rip... all of them! And I don't care how good of a surfer you
are, Carrisa Moore surfs better than you!
links to editorial of last weekend's NSSA Nationals, and a humorous pictorial
of the Volcom Women's Surf Team on a cloudy, crappy and cold spring day at 54th
St., click the links below.
which competitor he's rooting for? Newport's Mike Doheny... @ Lowers
you checked the Lower Jetties recently, and thought you saw Pipe Master's Champion
Jamie O'Brien playing around on a soft board in the small surf... you were not
hallucinating. Click the link below...
Breath of Fresh Air
O'Brien... @ 28th.
Nationals 07' Preview
prizes, complimentary food, free giveaways, and a tent to watch the action from...
Groms life is good...
a crew of international groms that included Kalohe Andino, John John Florence
& Luke Davis to name a few... Newport's Victor Done set Huntington Beach ablaze
Monday and walked away with 2nd place at Quiksilver's "King of the Groms"
Skins event held at Goldernwest St. Click the link below for editorial and photos
of the event.
carving another money turn... in
Will hurricanes ravage
Baja this summer? Will the Wedge get giant again this season? Will The Point break,
and will everyone in Southern California show up to surf it? Click the below link
and find out what the forecasters are saying about the summer hurricane season.
Biggum Surf.... in
up with all the cold water in May!!???
the photo below and find out...
still hanging tough in his fullsuit... in
Womens'... Big Names and Big Bucks
Mens'... Hippies Invade Newport!
year's VQS Pro-Am winner, and this years' Pro-am runner-up.
Garland... back for more contest surfing... in
for Breakfast. For a short slideshow... Click albums, Click the album "Barrels
for Breakfast" & Click "Watch the Dotphoto Show".
For slideshows of the Super
Swell, Click the links below
Giant Swell Preview...Part
Coast Goes Off... Part 2
Coast Goes Off... Part 3
Coast Goes Off... Part 4
Year in Review
One of the biggest events
of 2006 was the sudden closing of Clark Foam...
30 years, this is where all the Clark Foam blanks were made. Luis Barajas, a factory
employee who had been there since day one, walks out of the warehouse for the
(Photo copyright Tom Cozad
For photos and editorial of the Van's Pier Classic...
Click the 2 links below.
of the Van's Mens' Micah Byrne and...
of the Van's Womens' Ornella Pelizare
only 2 weeks left in the waiting period, it appeared there might not be a Maverick's
Contest to shoot in 2007, damn!!! So, eager for some kind of shoot outside of
Newport, I asked Surfline if I could do a photo pictorial...
Standing on the dark bluff of San Clemente State Park at 6:00am, with a thick
overcast marine layer overhead, and what appeared to be a south wind in my face,
I was about to call the Trestles shoot I'd put together off. I was warned that
there might be morning fog, overcast skies til noon, and blown out conditions
early at the famous break... and it looked like it could happen. I was up though,
and somewhere other than Newport for once... so I held my breath, took my chances
and made the phone calls... and boy I'm glad I did!
the link below for some of Wednesday morning's action...
Day @ 2007 Lowers
Randall Taylor, laying down a thick layer...
I was asked to go to Laguna and shoot a fairly publicized Trestles Toll Road protest
put on by Dana Point High School... For sure tons of people from up and down the
coast will be there in support of their beloved break I thought. So I took my
family to show them what a big demonstration is like. Surprisingly however only
a handful of people showed, go figure. For the latest on the "Saving Trestles",
click the link below.
legend, and Todos charger Corky C... Laying down Tracks.
Surfline.com slide show of the Blackies Classics Halloween Surf event can be found
by clicking the photo below.
photos of the Newport Recreation surf contest awards. Go to the albums section,
click the album Newport Contest Awards, click your photo, click "File"
in the upper left corner of your computer, and then click "Save". It
should save to you computer...
Yeomans, Happy about winning his award...
was regretting agreeing to shoot the final day of the "Girls BoardFest"
in H.B. over Labor Day Weekend. Women surfing a contest at 2 ft. blown out Huntington,
how was I supposed to make that look interesting. As it turns out there was a
lot of cool stuff to shoot... Photos from the BoardFest can be found at the link
below, and check out the slide show of the event now in NewportSurfShots.com's
the "Girls BoardFest"
Surfline's slideshow of the "Girls BoardFest" that happened over the
Labor Day Weekend, is up. Click the link below...
good to have a coach when you're charging the Huntington shorebreak.
photo sorta tells the story of the surf during the last week of October in Newport.
There was a lot of swell, but there was also quite a few days in Newport that
were really inconsistent, closed out, and with high tide crumble. None the less,
during those days, dozens of people patiently sat at the end of various jetties
and waited for set waves, hoping to grab the rare one of the bunch that ran far
down the beach. As you can see by the guy in the foreground, this is one of those
good shaped ones that everybody wanted.
you haven't already seen it... Click the photo above to see a Surfline slideshow
of some of the surf along the coast during the month of October.
you haven't already seen it, click the link below and check out Surfline's slideshow
of the first big winter swell of the season.
Oneill brand manager Eric V., wondering when Newport is going to get this good
Click below for Surfline's 10 tips on
scoring winter surf in California...
winter surf in Newport, January 2007
below for a slideshow of some of the best surf of the summer of 2006
hoping for a soft landing...
there's ever a week you don't want to live in Huntington! During the U.S. Open
Open Of Surfing
the madness begin... in Huntington Beach
guy in the white mask... to funny. A guy from my work came by my house a few years
ago and brought a couple friends, the guy in the mask and the guy standing next
to him. We jumped on bikes and did the bar tour, and they were absolutely the
funniest guys ever, just completely out of control. The next morning we paddled
out and surfed some pretty big winter surf and the guy in the mask charged. Come
to find out he's from Mainland Mex, by Puerto Escondido somewhere, and surfs some
really big surf down there. At the time they were both looking for work in the
states, but hadn't come up with anything. A while later they stopped by and told
me they had found the perfect job. The guy in the mask became a pro wrestler,
the other guy his promoter, full on Nacho
Lebrie. Anyway, if you were at the U.S. Open last year you undoubtly saw some
of their wild promotional antics, and I wouldn't be surprised if their back again
local Dodger Kremel, a little excited about being the 2006 U.S. Open Longboard
additional photos and editorial of the event click below
(A big thanks to Kiefer
for helping me cover the event)
the link below for more action from the 2006 NSSA Nationals...
that time of year again! The NSSA Nationals are currently happening at Lowers.
Quite a few surfers from Newport are in the comp. Look for Newport standout Andrew
D. to go hard for a win this year in the Junior Division. And Newport's Kaliegh
G., who placed 4th overall in her first year of NSSA competition this season,
to give the girls a run for their money. Good luck to all of those competing!
Click the links below for previews of both the men and women competitors, And
check back to NewportSurfShots.com next week for a link to editorial, photos and
a full rap up of the event.
D. scoring big... @ last years' NSSA Nationals
Brown winner of the NSSA Open Mens' National Championships...
he got an interference in the last few minutes of the final.
the links below to photos and editorial of the event.
Clay Marzo blew
up in his semifinal, and seemed destined to win this year's NSSA Nationals once
again. So as the coveted Opens Mens final was about to begin, I walked to the
far far north end of Lowers, so I could get some good front lit shots of Clay
taking the lefts apart. Maybe Clay peaked in the semi, maybe the bit of north
wind that was on the peak threw him off, but Clay never got his waves, and he
was therefore denied a second consecutive NSSA title.
Brown on the other hand went mental, throwing it straight up backside and easy
looked to be this years' National Champ, until he haggled for a wave he didn't
really need and got an interference in the few remaining minutes of the heat.
This left 2nd place Kekoa Cazimero from Hawaii to move into first, and win the
covered NSSA National crown.
one surfer who outperformed everyone throughout the final day in my book however
was Dusty Payne. Super smooth, unbelievably quick, and blowing his tail out time
and time again. And although he picked off some of the longer waves that ran all
the way down to Middles, they weren't as big as the other competitors.
P. flying down the line of another inside runner... @ Lowers
action from the VQS World Championships click below
Volcom battle is over... and 54th St. has been returned to the citizens of Newport
copyright Tom Cozad)
slideshow photos copyrighted Tom Cozad...
above photo by Keifer)
Driver... excited to be in front of another
Shooting this year's
Surfrider Celebrity Surf Jam was interesting. Squeezed between rabid hollywood
paparazzi photographers and entertainment television crews was something Kiefer
and I aren't used to. And while a lot was learned, I was never so happy as when
the contest started, and I could climbed up on my little ladder and shoot some
On a personal note,
because this shoot was committed to long ago, and held earlier in the year. I
missed my nephew's high school graduation up north. So in honor of his big accomplishment
I'd like to dedicate the slide show to him (the link is below)... Yea I know that's
cheesy, but I'm super proud of the guy... Congrats Ian.
The Second Annual
Celebrity Surf Jam
are professional surfers that get swamped by surf fans when they exit the water
at a surf contest. Slater of coarse is one, Tim Curran, and Rob Machado are others.
At the Surfrider Celebrity Surf Jam last weekend however, surf stars were second
fiddle to rock stars. Here Tim Curran quietly walks back to the contest site uninterupted,
while Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd is buried somewhere in that crowd of people....
was really good for this year's contest and all the guys charged. Click below
for a link to photos, and editorial of the event. A big thanks from me to Surfine's
Marcus S. for his hospitality while we were up there, and to Kiefer for capturing
great images like this one from the cliff.
The Shoulders of Giants
more photos and editorial of the Vans Pro go to the links below...
2006 Body Glove Surfbout
It Ever Stop!
21 Days of
Perfection. Winter of 2006
hardest working surfer at the 2006 Body Glove Surfbout
Alex Grey, finalist in both Body Glove Surfbout and Oakley Junior finals.
photos and editorial of the event click below...
big wave legend Corky C., turning off the bottom of a macker!!
to the Surfline link below for a slide show of some
of Big Wednesday's action.
For The Border
a slide show of Blackies Classic Surf & Costume Contest, Click the link below
check the albums section for a few more photos of the action.
costume here... A typical Newport local
out for a morning swim... @ 48th.
Wedge images, and editorial of the swell can be found by clicking the link below.
Monster Down Under rolls into California
photos and editorial of the Quiksilver Jr. World Championships click this link...
Payne here rips. The kid qualified to surf on the U.S. Jr. World team... In fact
he won Surfing America's qualifying contest. And then he went home to Maui, and
also qualified to surf on the Jr. World Hawaiian team, which he rightfully did.
Without a doubt this kid, as well as his friends Clay Marzo, and Granger Larson
are guys you're going to hear about for a long time.
2 Water - They Will Surf Again
few years ago I meet Jared below at a friends bbq. Jared was living the life in
Tahoe. An extreme skier, fully sponsored, in ski videos, and just a really nice
guy. Months later I heard that he had left Tahoe and moved to the South Bay to
be with his fiance, and had started surfing. Unfortunately soon after taking up
the sport, he was surfing Santa Monica, and hit the bottom, fracturing his cervical
vertebrae. The injury resulted in permanate paraplegia, or loss of movement and
sensation in his legs. Today with an extremely loving and supportive family, Jared
is coping and dealing with his misfortune, and making the best of it.
Jared had the opportunity to get back into the surf and do something a little
extreme again. They Will Surf Again and Wheels 2 Water held their first ever joint
surfing event. For a slide show of this extraordinary event, click the link below.
And for more
photos of the event check the albums sections. Where you can download the low
resolution photos by clicking on the photo, clicking "File" and clicking
"Save As" Or you can order a high resolution image from dotphoto. All
proceeds from sales of the images will go to "They Will Surf Again"
and "Wheels 2 Water". Big thanks go out to Kiefer for providing some
great water shots of this very special event.
seen this look before, it's the same excited look surfers throughout the world
get in anticipation of heading out to some good surf...
Jared... in some good surf...@ Bolsa Chica
Jr. World Championships Opening Ceremony
nations from around the world have gathered at H.B. Pier for the Quiksilver Jr.
World Championships. The contest continues throughout the week with the finals
on Sunday. Click the following link for a slide show of the..Opening
of the 27 nations brought sand from their native beaches and poured it into this
etched crystal box as a sign of world unity. The teams carried the sand from their
homeland in everything from tupper wear, to a plastic soda bottle. The black sand
is from Tahiti, the top layer of sand from the U.S.
link to photos and editorial of Newport's WQS contest can be found by clicking
and here Playing
soaring.... Sunday in the Master final of the
Newport Surf Classic...@ 5-6.
year old Kiefer has had an exciting couple of months. He's photographed major
surf events, surf event parties and a surf movie premier. On his last shoot he
traveled with the event coordinator to pick up Andy Irons and his girlfriend who
had been flown in by helicopter. When Irons saw Kiefer he asked "who's the
kid with the camera"? The response left him a little puzzled... "the
kid's the event photographer". Click below and check out some photos from
Kiefer's latest shoot, the Jeep/Billabong movie premier of Taylor Steel's new
happy not to be working at a Mcdonalds....
won the Boost Mobile WCT event yesterday @ Lowers. If he wins the next stop in
France, he'll capture his 7th world title. Go to this link for photos and editorial
of the event.. BOOST
Slater rips one last turn
on his winning wave in the finals.
here for a link to photos and editorial of The
Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam
Curran... Jamming at the Surf Jam.
special thanks to Kiefer for helping to shoot the event!)
out some of the action, and editorial about last week's south swell in Southern
California by clicking this link to Surfline's
last weeks swell some went through the barrel, some went around the barrel, and
some went over the barre... @ "The Point"
the U.S. Open I was shooting in front of eventual winner Julia Christain's family
and friends. They were an enthusiastic and friendly bunch, and the farther she
advanced towards the final, the more excited they got. Prior to her final I walked
over and asked them if they'd throw Julia up on their shoulders for my camera
if she won. They were game to do it.
Julia's crew is from San Diego,
where it's legal to drink alcohol on the beach... and they brought some beers
and champagne to pop open if she won. As the end of the final neared, and it became
obvious Julia was the winner, they popped a few celebratory beers. When the final
horn blew I started over to their towels, arriving just as the HBPD was walking
up. The police had seen the alcohol come out, and were intent on taking action
for open liquor containers on the beach.
Everyone frantically explained
that their friend was now paddling in from winning the Women's U. S. Open of Surfing...
The police however seemed pretty serious about the infraction, and things were
a little tense as they called their superiors to see how they should handle the
situation. Luckily a huge scene was overted, and the alcohol, with the exception
of the champagne, was confiscated... and her friends and family went on to meet
her at the waters edge
Jamming... @ H.B.
Irons... Winner of the 2005 U.S. Open of Surfing
a link to editorial and photos click here Irons
by Matt P.)
Christain won the U.S. Open Womens' Championships yesterday in H.B.
editorial and a few photos of the event... Click here
wonder why we're already into mid July and we've had no epic jetties days, no
large "Point" sessions, and only one lumpy "Wedge" swell?
Plus why is that "June Gloom" just won't seem to go away??? Click below
and find out what the leading surf forecasters, over at Surfline, have to say
water, Solid Surf and Great Shape.
not a photo from this South Swell season.... Archy @ "The
editorial and more photos of the event click here... The
Quiksilver had a gathering at the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum. In attendace
were Tom Carroll, and Quik excutive Bruce Raymond to name a few. Highlights of
the evening were boardings of the Indies Trader, and "Orange Peel",
Quiksilver's sponsored museum exhibit related to the history of Orange County
surfing. Click her for a line to editorial and photos of the event...
New Discovery. The surfing exhibit remeains on display until Sept... check
it out if you get a chance.
is one of Quiksilver's first lines of clothing, And the board is Quik's Danny
Kwock's, which saw a lot of action around Newport in it day...
by Kiefer S.)
a link to editorial and photos of the NSSA Nationals click below... And check
NewportSurfShots.com's album of the event.
the NSSA Nationals Clay Marzo from Maui won the Governor's Cup, a new car, and
an NSSA National Championship at Trestles. How can anyone be sure he won, when
the announcement of the results, and awards banquet isn't until tonight? Because
he scored 2 perfect 10's in his final... unheard of
link to editorial and fotos of the event can be found by clicking here... Wild,
are you vermits looking at?...."
Volcom Possey @ 5-4.
the BodyGlove contest Tim Curran told his wife that he was going to throw the
biggest air he could on his first wave... and he did. He tossed his body and board
a couple feet over a head high wave, and landed it in the flat... at least a 6ft
freefall... A score of a perfect 10! The crowd was in awe that he didn't break
his board... or a leg. And then in the semifinal....
Tim Curran, Semi Final, Interference called on
him, Little chance of advancing, Needs a couple giant scores, So he starts busting
airs like these... and landing some of them!
a great write up on the BodyGlove SurfBout, as well as a few NewportSurfShots.com
photos from the contest, check Surfline at this link.. PEAK
Special thanks to
Keifer for helping me cover of the contest.