White Horses Issue 35

White Horses is an original and authentic quarterly publication about the surf, ocean, creativity and adventure, and delivers a worthy and highly acclaimed alternative to existing surf mags. If you get equally, if not more excited by the glimpse of a clean, empty beach-break peak through some foreshore trees, than you do witnessing a million air reverses on a comp webcast, then there's every chance White Horses is for you.

Aqualuna Media and Creative Pty
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in this issue

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the waves of a lifetime.

From the pintails that helped him get deeper than ever at Pipeline to camo decks that cut the glare of the tropical sun, Gerry Lopez has always tuned his designs to a simple and functional aim—riding the best surf wherever it’s found. This season, we’ve built four of the prints Gerry used on his surfboards into an exclusive collection of equally functional surf and kite gear for chasing waves and wind around the world. “It’s a cakewalk when you know how.” Gerry Lopez puts decades of practice to work on a classic Pipe day in 1990.…

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issue thirty-five The end of the first wave we ever ride marks the start of our lives as surfing storytellers. Along with other bedrock fundamentals – duckdiving, getting to our feet, applying a half decent wax job, etc – reflecting, recounting, or embellishing our experiences in the ocean is as much a part of the deal as anything else. You only have to surf with a bunch of grommets to see this reflection in its most animate form: from high-pitched, breathless recounts of waves just ridden out in the lineup, to post-surf bakery debriefings with forensic analysis of that sick reo, intense deliberations about a dubious barrel claim, and graphic accounts of getting smashed by that double-up. The ocean, the waves: the endless variations of our encounters with and around them provide…

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the hike in

Camera: Canon 5d Mk IV Settings: f4 @1/1600 sec Lens: Sigma Art 50mm f1.4 I’m a sucker for an all-time lineup shot. There’s something about being able to mind surf the hell out of an empty wave way beyond your surfing capabilities that really gets me frothing. This spot requires a bit of a hike in, so my partner, Georgia, and I got our walking shoes on. By the time we got to the point, I had already taken a few lineup shots that I was pretty stoked on, so Georgia grabbed my camera to see what she could get. As we were walking along the hillside, I started to notice a stacked set of lines on the horizon. The first couple of waves started breaking at the top of the point and the…

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Camera: Nikon d750 Settings: f7.1 @1/800 sec Lens: 85mm f1.8 The annual pilgrimage into the Western Australian desert started for Bronte Macaulay went she was two years old. Her dad, Dave, was absolutely obsessed with this wave and would do anything, including packing four kids under five years of age into an old caravan with his wife and drive 14 hours to a sun-kissed patch of red dirt that overlooks the Indian Ocean. Bronte first surfed this wave when she was nine years old and instantly fell in love with it. “It was probably about two to three foot and at that size, it’s the longest, most playful left-hander you’ve ever seen,” she recalls. “I remember just trimming for about 100 metres. You couldn’t get the smile off my face for days.” After 23 years…

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Camera: Canon R5 Settings: f3.5 @1/800 sec Lens: Canon 300mm f2.8 A river mouth with a large catchment area in my region can exist for years with no surfable wave if the bottom is badly shaped. Locals don’t even bother checking it, other than to cast lures for fish. The surrounding countryside is perfectly flat, with highly fertile alluvial soil, ideally suited to vineyards, grazing, horticulture and commercial vegetable growing. Last winter we experienced several heavy rainfall events in the inland ranges, which resulted in the river flushing out large amounts of silt to form an arrowhead-shaped bank, stretching out more than a kilometre off the beach. Subsequent swells featured world-class waves for days on end. On the first swell, there was maybe a handful of surfers on it. On subsequent swells, surfers couldn’t…

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Camera: Canon 1DX mkII Settings: f8 @1/1250 sec Lens: Canon 14mm f2.8 Notes: Inside Aquatech housing with 8-inch dome and 30mm extension While working on my book Surface, I shot thousands of underwater photos and witnessed some amazing situations. This was right before the CT event at Teahupoo, just as all the pros started arriving for the contest. Conditions were amazing that day. Not big, but a good size, with the clearest water and not a cloud in the sky. I dove underwater as Ace Buchan dropped into this one, looking to get barrelled. Unfortunately the wave didn’t cooperate and he punched through the back to escape, which put me in the perfect place to get this shot. It’s one of the first few frames of the sequence and I love how you can feel…