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July 31st, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

Ryan Craig Wins 2014 Follow the Light Award Event Photos from the Most Prestigious Award in Surf Photography

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Happy Days lie ahead for Ryan “Chachi” Craig, winner of the 9th annual Follow the Light Foundation Awards in memory of Larry “Flame” Moore. The 32 yr old Santa Cruz photog cracked the final 5 a few times since 2008 and now joins past winners club of legendary lensmen like Burkard, Glaser, Maasen and more.

The epic event was followed by a typical US Open Afterparty at the pope’s living room, the Surfing Magazine Oasis of insanity. Shots, see-throughs, cervezas and the eventual late night eats… Chachi killed it! (more…)

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July 31st, 2014 | By | 20 Comments

#SWELLivin

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In my opinion, the times when you are carefree and things are simple, is when life seems to be at it’s finest.

Times when the most appropriate thing to wear is, something like…overalls. (more…)

July 29th, 2014 | By | 6 Comments

Photo Tip | Ryan Craig Follow The Light Finalist Teaches Techniques for Toggling Auto-Focus

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Name: Ryan “Chachi” Craig
Home: Santa Cruz, Ca
Photog Influences: Chris Van Lennup, Nelly, Corey Wilson, Burky, Aaron Chang
Instagram: @Chachfiles
Daily Driver:  Canon 7D

Back button auto-focus is your friend. I’m sure at this point we all know that on a majority of digital SLR cameras – you have two different buttons to press to activate the auto-focus. The shutter button when pressed half way and the button on the back of your camera named AF-On (I’m referring to Canon DSLRs). (more…)

July 28th, 2014 | By | 16 Comments

Sending It | US Open of Surfing Weekend One Photos The Sights and Frights of Surf City's Biggest Beach Party

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The sandiest sideshow in surf didn’t disappoint yet another year full of body paint and booze soaked groms soliciting all kinds of crap. Oh and there was actually some surf. Photos: Matt O’Brien   (more…)