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Back to school with Jules and Jordy, Reunion Island

Did you know that there’s a Stab x Surfing x Red Bull trip going down in Reunion Island, right now? Jordy Smith and Julian Wilson are there, surfing the righthander that featured in Modern Collective. There’s no other wave quite as air-friendly. The prevailing trade winds blow straight into it at this time of year and shape it into a perfect, consistent ramp. It’s mechanical.

Stab‘s kinky for the concept of pushing boundaries. For innovation. Jordy and Julian kinky for it too. So, they’re are at a punchy, windblown righthander, trying like you wouldn’t believe, to raise the level of innovative surfing.

A key to success, perhaps, is looking at mistakes, or small victories. The surfing equivalent of this is four grown men huddled around a computer screen, studying the clips they scooped the day before. Pictured here is auteur Kai Neville, who’s documenting the whole party, navigating his machine and excessive memory bank. To the right is Julian’s older bro, Bart, watching his sibling’s magic. Then there’s Jules and Jordy, either side of Kai, watching more intently than the other two, even if they don’t seem to be.

“Every morning during coffees the boys gather round the computer to watch the clips from the day before,” says photog Ryan Miller, who’s there to document with stills. “It isn’t even narcissism, it’s like going to school every morning. They watch intently and soak it all in, learning from their mistakes.”

More to come, real soon.


Photographer profile

Ryan Miller/ www.redbull.com/surfing

Ryan Miller, 33 years old, does not know how to write a bad email. Your pals at Stab have learnt to live vicariously through Miller’s red wine-fuelled letters from the road. His travels take him to some dreamy locales and, in those places, he scores all-time photos: “My favourite photo I’ve shot was of Benny Bourgeois in the Caribbean, with a fisheye. Often I just take photos, but rarely do I get to make one.” In an age of tail-highs and released fins, Ryan still most likes to shoot someone who can lay-down a big backside turn. Namely: Jordy Smith, Dane Reynolds, Gabe Kling, Kekoa Bacalso, Damien Hobgood and Peter Mendia. Like most photogs, Miller misses Scott Aichner’s work. But, as far as contemporary inspiration? “Trying to see things through my daughter’s eyes. It’s wild to think about someone experiencing something totally new on almost a daily basis when, as adults, we rarely get to experience something truly new.”

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