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Jordy Smith, frontside grab, Reunion Island

It’s not hard to imagine that when you take Jordy Smith (pictured) and Julian Wilson to one of the world’s most mechanical launch pads, in Reunion Island, it’s gonna be a fruitful trip. The purpose of the trip, a Red Bull x Stab x Surfing stint, was to take two of the world’s most innovative surfers to the world’s most innovative right (which y’probs remember from Modern Collective), and watch them go to work. Jordy and Julian lit up consistently and some of the gold that photog Ryan Miller scooped (which you’ll see real soon) is loony. Jordy’s make-rate on throws like this frontside number is crazy-high. Stay tuned for a more extensive insight into the trip, coming soon in Stab.


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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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