Got a lineup or action shot from land or from the water? That day of days at your local break this winter? Or maybe from a recent surf trip…? If you have a surf shot that gets your juices flowing, submit it to us (firstname.lastname@example.org), and you could win a complete surfing set up (board, wetsuit, accessories) and a holiday for two*. We’ll be publishing the best entries below on a weekly basis and the eventual winning image in the magazine in Surf Europe issue 100 (out July)! Closing date 23/06/13.
Our only rules are:
– You took the shot yourself
– It was taken in the last 12 months
– You are not a professional photographer
And the lucky winner is: Stefan Klitzsch from Munich, Germany.
A few select entries…
Brittany. Photo: Arnaud Ferry
This was shot last march during my trip in Cornwall. This spot is pretty famous and I really wanted to ride that wave!The forecasts were not very optimistic for that Saturday but hopefully, the wind blew in the good direction all day long and that was my first sight of the wave (yeeeeeeew). Photo:Thibaut Maréchal, Brittany.
Marco Imbernón, Canary Islands. Photo: Dan Webster.
Aerial Fail. Photo: Guayarmina Amador (Seville, Spain).
“This was an extremely dark morning in south Tenerife, but the guys were ripping!” Photo: Victor Mendez, Canary Islands.
“I took this shot at Hells Mouth. The forecast wasn’t good but I took a punt and made the three hour journey anyways. So glad I did.” Photo: John Metcalfe
“I took this shoot during a trip around Australia. A special atmosphere where surfers drop into massive waves in front of a cemetery.” Photo: Guillaume Brunet.
French Bank Somewhere in Gironde, France ( 6 jun 2013) Photo: Romain Laugier.
A grainy black & white Supertubos, Peniche. Photo: Daniel Gusano Gonzalez.
A picture I took of La Nord in hossegor on the 29/01/13. A pretty cold day but we got some good ones! Photo: Johann Vanier.
Washing machine. Photo: Kevin Olsen
“This shot was taken with my iphone one evening after work as the sun was setting at a spot called hot pipe. The light was ethereal and sea calm and glassy with moody clouds about. Waves were small but super clean for this area of south coast and these waves were the result of a ground swell sneaking (struggling) up the English Channel. We must all wish we were 2ft tall or shorter when this happens… Well… That’s what I dream of…” Photo: Christian Williams.
“Had to send in this shot of the Cribbar, Newquay doing it’s thing last October. Drew plenty of crowds onto the headland who were cheering every huge drop made and wincing at every wipeout.” Photo: Maddie Taylor.
Sri Lanka, May 2012. Photo: Célia Cadoret.
Carribean, January 2013. Photo: Simon Olier.
Easter Sunday, somewhere in France. Photo Renaud Charon.
“An image taken during my long journey along the Basque Country with a Minolta XG-M reflex body along with 50mm 1.7 lens and Kodak Colors 400ISO film.” Photo: Cristian Corradin.
“Early morning fun session at Margaret River.” Photo: Massimiliano Cannavo.
Fuerte Ventura, Canary Islands. Photo: Enrico Gorrea
April in the Basque Country. Photo: Alex Piperno.
“I took this photo in September 2012 in Zarautz, Spain (Basque country). My friend get out of water because she broke her fin.” The body language says it all… Photo Zala Cuden.
“My homebreak Sapinus on the west coast of Tahiti” Surfer: Mike Lucas Photo: Teissier Tuihani.
“Early morning beauty at the north shore of Fuerteventura.” Photo: Benjamin Zurek.
“I took this photo of Marc Lacomare after a huge barrel at La Graviere on April 3rd. It was probably the wave of the day.” Photo: Alex Postigo.
“El Palmar, Cádiz, Spain at the end of october 2012.” Photo: Elena Bravo.
Moroccan Bank north of Taghazout 5th february 2013. Photo: Matthew Amos.
“Took this photo of this Cornish point break last November. Swell and wind forecast looked perfect…and it was sunny! It was midweek so had to take a half day. Unfortunately 30+ people had the same idea. Despite the crowd it still cranked, I had some of the best waves I’ve ever had in the UK.” Photo: Mark Bracey, Truro
“I took this picture last winter in my island Fuerteventura a good day of waves. The rising sun lights up that perfect reef peak and only me and few friends to share it!” Photo: Alvaro Ródenas
“This was my first photo session of 2013 January 5th). The sand was freezing, the sun never showed up and waves were small, but it was fun.” Photo: Sylvain Guionnet
“This was shot on the last day of 2012 in french Basque Country. Random tourists added to a big winter swell offered a good show. A good way to end the year!” Photo: Thomas Lodin.
“A very good day of surf in Brittany.” Photo: Brieuc Calonnec
“Shot in August somewhere in Europe. I like it a lot because there is a strange visual impression when you stare at it: it seems like it’s moving! Riddable or not Riddable? Real wave? Which size? We don’t really care, because lines like this are enough to wake up our surfing imagination, and make us dream of the next session.” Photo: Oscar Chuberre
“2 pics that I just snapped last week on your doorstep, both taken last weeks tuesday at estagnots bank, one a bit earlier in the morning with the overcast ,the other in the arvo when it had piked up and sun was out… Enjoy.” Sure enough in France it’s most often the tide that makes that little bit of difference. Photos: Thomas Schmidt
“This is a little shot from France for your photo contest. This was during a cold perfect morning where the mist made an incredible light.” Photo: Grégoire Gyselinck.
“This is a shot taken last November at a spot that doesn’t break very often. Long lefts on Ireland’s North West Coast…. with the sun shining!” Photo: Alan Leonard.
“Lowtide at Croyde Beach, UK. Happy Locals all over the place.” Photo: Stefan Klitzsch.
A spring swell in Majorca, Spain. Photo: Christian Janzen.
“A very nice morning in the south west coast of France.” Photo: Michael Nee
“View of perfect Anchor point in Morocco, taken from inside the old Anchor factory. Unfortunately this view no longer exists as the ruins were flattened to make way for a new development.” Photo: Callum Patrick Swift
“A new discovery along the north coast of Lanzarote.” Photo: Pedro Pérez Rodriguez
“Northwest Ireland catching some swell in the summer.” Photo: Darran McGlynn
“Mundaka 10th April.” Photo: Julian Kopp
“Here a shot from the Netherlands, the spot is called Maasvlakte and the guy paddling out is Pepijn Tigges. I made the shot this winter when this new man-made land was opened for all people.” Photo: Ivo Oosterbaan
“Going off on the Swedish east coast on Sep 12th 2012” What was it that Einstein said about everything being relative? He may have had a point. Photo: Johan Kensén.
“A wee portrait shot of Mullaghmore, Co.Sligo, Ireland, taken early in the year…” Photo: Conn Osborne
Bundoran, Ireland. Photo: Christian McLeod
“A cold day in Cornwall. Out of many closeouts there were some that opened up enough to make the barrel.” Photo: Johnny Griffiths.
“Here´s a shot I took in Italy this march. Lone rider and thunderstorm.” Cloud porn’s yet another variable that can make a surf shot. Photo: Tom Datrip
“Norway back in November” Photo: Christian McLeod
“Another day in Nusa Lembongan, the spot is overcrowded and you can feel some tensions in the water. The sets come and for just a few seconds, while the guys are underwater, there’s silence.” Photo: Blaschek Olivier
“Some local boys waiting for their window at the Oakley ASP world junior championships in Bali.” Photo: Uta Schütte
“June 2012, towards the end of the afternoon but the sun was still trying to find his way through the clouds. A beautiful scenery from the break of Mawi, Lombok, Indonesia. Heaven is on earth, so let’s preserve it.” Photo: Othman Rechiche
“Both coasts were firing this day, I headed down to Porthleven to find Joe Skinner pulling into this backlit keg.” Photo: Johnny Griffiths.
“Virgin wave in South Sumatra, one of many. This one was taken on a rainy afternoon, October 10th. The late season offers peaks to be shared with just your friends. What else ?” Photo: Thomas Riviere
“Balangan Beach. I was chilling in the sun watching a dad teach his 4-year-old daughter her first surf skills.” Photo: Michel Sauer
“I had to get out and get a picture of one of these rolling through just after low tide, leaving only two guys in for about 15 mins. Never seen it do this before…21/01/13.” Photo: Thomas Milsom
“The first proper swell of the season at Ulu’s and not many out. I just got back.” Photo: Matt Cardinal.
“Bud Bud, Vendée, west coast of France. March 9th was a beautiful day with sun and perfect waves, one of those days you dream of…” Photo: Michael Nee
“This was August 26th last summer at La Grav. I was staying and working in Moliets, had seen the forecast so drove down to Hossegor early that morning to find a pretty good swell. I then returned later that afternoon to find it absolutely firing, with the mass crowd stood on the shore line watching a handful of guys tackle the waves.” Photo: Tim Borrow
Supertubos, Peniche. Photo: Tiago Fezas Vital
“Nothing fancy, but perfect words before the descent into cold waters at Perranporth, Cornwall.” Photo: Lucy Morris.
Photo: Tiago Fezas Vital
“Taken from my house in Gran Canaria last September. Big blue ocean, big blue sky and glassy little summer waves.” said Juan of this shot. Ain’t nothing like just jumping out the front for a few! Photo: Juan Giménez
“A heavy slab on the North of Fuerte from January this year. This is one bomb that got through un-ridden. It was like pipe had come to the Canaries!” Photo: Tim Borrow.
Indar Unanue, Barceloneta beach on a nice sunny day. Photo: Victor Crespo.
Pablo Cabrera emailed today to ask if iPhone snaps are permitted. The answer is yep. “From la Graciosa island, this day the winds where strong NE and we went to check the famous El Corral. It was horrrible cross shore. We decided to walk a bit and got to this slab. It was just the 4 of us. I was the first one out (that’s me avoiding sea urchins!) Meanwhile my friends decided to get naked and tan their willies a while… that is until they saw me catch my first wave at which point they were out there!” Hang on one sec, if you’re the one on the rocks Pablo who’s taking this photo?
Chris Simpson explains why there’s no place like home. “This photo was from one of the best swells we’ve had up on the north east [of the UK] in a while. Taken last October early morning after driving through the night from Thurso following a week of flatness up in Scotland. We should have stayed at home all along. Pretty sure this is Gabe Davies in there, who quiet frankly rules this spot.” Photo: Chris Simpson.
Benjamin Fabre’s trip to Fiji just happened to coincide with last year’s Volcom Pro Fiji. “I spent a few days watching the pros’ training and surfing one of the best waves in the world. It was just amazing! Certainly the best trip of my life.” Kelly Slater, Cloudbreak. Photo: Benjamin Fabre.
Elijah Crowell captures Mark Healey and Shawn Dollar splitting the peak at this year’s Mavericks invitational. Photo: Elijah Crowell.
Shot along the coastal walk between Bondi Beach and Cogee in Australia, Nora Lemoal chose this shot because of the beautiful colours and fond memories it brings back. Photo: Nora Lemoal.
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, (Winter 2013). Photo: Jordan O’Neill.
Jaime Porris sent us this panoramic shot of rare jem in the Mediterranean Sea, near his home of Valencia, Spain. Rare spots score extra points! Photo: Jaime Porris
Kaja sent this scene taken from a trip to Morocco in December 2012, capturing the North African surfing experience. Send us your travel shots, good, bad or ugly, we’re judging originality and artistic license as much as wave quality or photo technicality. Photo: Kaja.
One from close to the SE office, Swiss student Tobias Heggstein snapped this pic of les Bourdaines in Seignosse doing its thing last summer. “That trip was classic.” reckoned Tobias, “waves pumped almost every day we couldn’t believe our luck…” Photo: Tobias Heggstein
Big waves and big swell get a lot of the attention for their visual impact, as well as general ‘holy shit’ness. Basque Country surfer Javier Basurco shot this empty, moody Playa Gris bomb early in winter 12/13. Photo: Javier Basurco
WHAT YOU WIN:
Otro Modo Surf Trip For Two (*Flights not included)
Swox surf protection
Land Yatchz Cruiser