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!

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Always in attendance, and always smiling the Gudang Bros loved Larry.

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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.

10560558_10152494898446598_4424109242642558947_oChachi, Friend and Jeremiah Klein going full Zoolander

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The Event kicks off with an always impressive look at what former winners accomplished over the past year

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Longtime Sponsor supporter Russ Henning of Oakley

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Always Competing World Champ Carissa Moore

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Dane and Courtney

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PT and Rory Russel

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Founders: Flame’s Sister Celeste, Hurley’s Evan Slater and Wife Candace

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Former finalist Zack Noyle

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Dane and emcee Aaron Chang

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SWELL announcing the People’s Choice and a case full of camera equipment from Xsories

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Another journeyman, Seth de Roulet talks about the long road to recognition

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19 yr old Woody Gooch winning hearts and minds

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10537440_10152494903726598_4030403632543016355_nEveryone loves Chachi

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