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Craig Anderson, hairball spin, Lakey Peak, Sumbawa

What a short time frame the pro trip works around in the age of accurate-ish surf reporting? Ain’t that long ago, a surf trip would swallow your favourite star for two weeks, now it’s a three-day hit, being the soothsayer of the modern professional. This photograph here was taken during the DC shoe team’s last session at Lakey Peak, day four. “It was ragged and windblown,” says the photographer, Mr Ryan Miller. “Craig stuck it out till dark while everyone else went in after two hours. Then, the wind lightened up and the waves cleaned up nicely. The hot afternoon sun started too cool and Craig started to come into his own. He was mostly hunting the rights and stomping plenty of backside tail-blows and rotators. He got his best clips and photos from that last session all alone in the lineup. It was those magic afternoons where everything comes together.”

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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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