Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wishing we had gills

POSTED ON 5 OCTOBER 2014 BY CLAIRE BUTLER

This weekend was the first preview of Summer weather in Cape Town and I definitely spent it feeding my soul with loads of ocean time. The highlight was most definitely this morning's free dive and snorkel along the Atlantic Seaboard. I'm constantly reminded how amazing this city is that I live in - it has so much to offer.



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Monday, July 21, 2014

[J-BAY OPEN 2014] 15 MEMORIES MADE IN JEFFREY'S BAY

POSTED ON 21 JULY 2014 BY CLAIRE BUTLER

Believe it or not, I don't follow the World Tour to watch or shoot surf contests. I go for the moments in between the competition surfing; the moments that aren't often shown on the webcast or in the galleries on surf media. This past week in Jeffrey's Bay during the J-Bay Open 2014 was a trip filled with many such moments. When I look back on the week, I won't be thinking about Mick Fanning having won the title or the mass crowds on the beach; instead, I'll be remembering the insanely beautiful sunrises that greeted us on all four consecutive lay days; the lone longboarder who enjoyed a small dawn-lit surf in an empty supertubes line-up; the anticipation of standing in the dark waiting for first light to see what the day would offer; waves booming down the point in perfect synchronicity against the backdrop of sunlit wind turbines on the horizon; hundreds of dolphins surfing 6-8ft sets at Supertubes as current world number 1 Gabriel Medina paddled out; and the endless sunrise boosts performed by Kolohe Andino every single morning no matter how big or small the surf. Here are 15 of my personal highlights from the past week. Thanks for the memories J-Bay. Until next time...

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

[J-BAY OPEN 2014] GOING FOR GOLD - FREESURF SESSION

POSTED ON 13 JULY 2014 BY CLAIRE BUTLER

Woke up this morning in Jeffreys Bay to a layday for the 2014 J-Bay Open; the pros weren't put off by the smaller conditions - Kolohe Andino, Joel Parkinson and friends went to work in a sunrise that only J-Bay can turn on. Jeffreys Bay really is a surf photographers dream, and I'm looking forward to an inspiring 10 days here and catching the guys in action during the remainder of the J-Bay Open. Here are 8 of my favourite shots from this mornings freesurf at Supertubes.

Kolohe Andino Supertubes J-Bay Open 2014 by Claire Butler





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