Photography & Captions by Alan van Gysen
Alan van Gysen has been documenting peak surfing action, natural beauty, and everything in between for the best part of two decades now.
Based in South Africa, a notoriously sharky part of the surfosphere, he’ll be forgiven for putting his faith in the Big Guy upstarts for protection from attack, much in the same way the ancient Hawaiians believe their aumakua (ancestral spirits manifested in the form of an animal) could protect them from attack.
Whether he’s setting up for classic, iconic J-Bay lineups, scrambling up the bluffs on lesser known part of that wave-rich coastline, or exploring the furthest reaches of Madagascar, one thing remains consistent — stunning oceanic imagery.
And while Africa tends to see most of it’s surf infamy at polar extremes, the north west in Morocco or the extreme south, there’s so much to see and explore in between.