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Tyler Wright, Sandlyfe, Bells Beach

Tyler Wright, pictured here pulling into a closeout shorebreak, is into the Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach final with Carissa Moore. It’s her third consecutive final (outta three events this year) and her second consecutive with Carissa (she lost to Riss in Margaret River). “Tomorrow’s my third straight Final this year, it’s my birthday and it’s Easter so yeah, it’s going to be a big day if we run,” said Tyler. “Look, Bells is an event I’ve been watching since I was a kid. It’s prestige is second to none and we have waves on tap. I’m just really excited for tomorrow.”

Ryan Miller, who photographed this, offers an observation from the beach: “We all know the chicks can get after it on the open face. Bells might be the event where they shine most. I was watching the girls go loony on this inside section at Bells today. That inside section at high tide is straight into the sand every time. Steph had a crazy floater onto inches of water. Here is Tyler packing a close out in the inside section. Look at how close the beach is here! She came up rolling in the sand. So rad!”

The mens are running right now, with the possibility of the womens final some time today. Watch it all here.

 


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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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