Matt Wilkinson: inspired at Supertubes

The Round 2 of the J-Bay Open 2014 has been completed in three-to-five foot (1 metre) top-to-bottom surf at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay.

Professional surfing's win-or-die clash decided who will be riding Round 3, in South Africa's most famous surf spot.

Gabriel Medina, Joel Parkinson and Julian Wilson survived their elimination heats. They are joined by Matt Wilkinson, who eliminated fellow Australian surfer Bede Durbidge.


Ricardo dos Santos: a dive into the abyss

When one of the biggest swells of the decade hits South America, big wave addicts know where to go. Next destination: Playa Zicatela, Puerto Escondido.

Makua Rothman had just been crowned champion of the Billabong Pico Alto 2014, in Peru. Two days after, on the 5th July, all photographers and videographers had their lenses on the pros.

Sometimes, it's all for one wave. And that was exactly what happened with Shane Dorian, who caught one of the bombs of the season. A few minutes later, he was quietly sipping a coconut under palm trees.


Jordy Smith: Perfect 10 in home waters

Jordy Smith scored a Perfect 10-point wave in the opening rides of the 2014 J-Bay Open, at Jeffreys Bay, in South Africa.

Smith was the standout performer of the day with the highest two-wave heat total of the 2014 season. The classic five-to-seven foot (1.5 - 2.1 metres) swell lines hit Supertubes with God's hand.

The South African defeated Owen Wright and Jadson Andre by boasting a deadly combination of local knowledge, the athleticism to take on Supertubes' fast, steep waves, and the pressure to bring in a good score after an early season of mixed results.