Stab Magazine | Gallery: Dane Reynolds, Kolohe Andino and Noa Deane in the Mentawais
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Gallery: Dane Reynolds, Kolohe Andino and Noa Deane in the Mentawais

All photos and captions by Chris Gurney When you take three of the world’s best surfers to the Mentawais, and point lenses at their every movement in the ocean, their output will be far too much to use in one magazine issue (try though we did). Luckily, however, we’re alive in a time when those moments […]

full frame // Mar 8, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes

All photos and captions by Chris Gurney

When you take three of the world’s best surfers to the Mentawais, and point lenses at their every movement in the ocean, their output will be far too much to use in one magazine issue (try though we did). Luckily, however, we’re alive in a time when those moments can live in Internet history. And so, what follows below are some unused (but still wildly good) images from the memory cards of Mr Chris Gurney, succinctly captioned by the lensman himself. You’ll see Dane Reynolds, Kolohe Andino and Noa Deane, off the side of the Kaimana Royale, jumping, waiting, threading and just having the general pleasure of an Indonesian boat trip.

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The first morning of the trip. After spending the night emptying my guts over the side of our trusty barge, it was nice to pull into a sheltered bay with a pretty backdrop.

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Second to surfing, I’d guess Kolohe’s favourite pastime is eating. He’d often take down twice as much food as the rest of us then clean the leftovers from our plates. It showed in the hacks and combinations he was putting together.

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Dane, Noa and Kolohe wait out a passing shower while a fish defies gravity nearby.

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The Mentawais felt the brunt of strong southerly winds during the late season. Our go-to spot was this sheltered right. Dane taps the surface and waits for the ramp.

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Noa kept our boat in hysterics with his colourful parodies of Australian culture, but his approach in the water was all business. Slob-grabbing during a smoky sunset.

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Dane and a twilight tail whip.

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We managed to coincide our trip with a hearty swell; one of the largest of the season. Unfortunately, the winds ended up spoiling our hopes of clean barrels, and the best tube I saw was probably this one at a random spot facing into the prevailing wind.

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I wanted to make a joke about Noa’s stalefish being reminiscent of the food we ate on the trip but the chefs on the Kaimana Royale did a great job day in, day out.

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Noa, shaking off an overnight boat ride at a fun, rampy right.

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Kolohe’s rail to rail power wasn’t limited to his forehand, evidenced both here and in Scorched; the vid Toby Cregan made on the trip.

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A Kolohe slow-shutter rotator. This is my favourite kind of light to shoot surfing in; after the sun has set when there’s a fleeting 15 minutes of moody, even twilight.

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Noa taking the scenic route off the boat.

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This was one of the best waves of the trip, Dane parked it in the tube then laid down a vicious carve. You can see it as a spread in the new issue of Stab, which you’ve surely purchased by now.

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Dane, waving while subliminally scoring that last wave.

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Noa whips past me, en route to our runabout on his last wave of the day.

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Kolohe floats on Andy Irons’ board at Maccas during the Thank You, Andy session. All three of the guys were so hyped up this day after watching old AI video sections on repeat.

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Noa and Kolohe are polar opposites in many ways, but they didn’t let that get in the way when it came to sharing good times in the water and out.

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One of Dane’s last waves of the trip before he hurt his knee during this session. Luckily for all of us, the waves backed right off thereafter.

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Dane; surfing’s all seeing eye. Alone with his thoughts as water merges into sky.

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