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Mitch Crews, Ballito, South Africa

“Dude surfs like he has just had about 20 cups of coffee,” says Ryan Miller of Mitch Crews, pictured here. Ryan ain’t wrong – y’seen this man on a wave? Pure, frantic energy. “Kinda cool to see someone that fired up while a lot of people in the lineup look like they aren’t enjoying themselves nearly as much.” And when Mitch throws that enthusiasm into finners like this one, sparks certainly fly. In a fairly low-key South African lineup on this particular day, due to a relaxed swell, Mitch’s vibrancy stood out more than usual. Nothing wrong with that though, huh?

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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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