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!
Always in attendance, and always smiling the Gudang Bros loved Larry.
SWELL People’s Choice Award winner Dane Grady with the Smith Bros who he credits for giving him his break when they took him to shoot them surfing Indonesia.
The Event kicks off with an always impressive look at what former winners accomplished over the past year
Longtime Sponsor supporter Russ Henning of Oakley
Always Competing World Champ Carissa Moore
Dane and Courtney
PT and Rory Russel
Founders: Flame’s Sister Celeste, Hurley’s Evan Slater and Wife Candace
Former finalist Zack Noyle
Dane and emcee Aaron Chang
Another journeyman, Seth de Roulet talks about the long road to recognition
19 yr old Woody Gooch winning hearts and minds