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.

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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.

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Sonny Miller: happy and stoked

Surf filmmaker and photographer Sonny Miller has passed away at 53, after suffering a heart attack.

Miller, also known as "Cap'n Fun" will forever be remembered as the cameraman behind "Riding Giants," "The Search," "Blue Crush," "Lords of Dogtown," "In God's Hands" and "Searching for Tom Curren."

He was born in San Jose, California, in 1950. He caught his first waves at only 11. In the mid-80s, Miller dove into photography and 16mm video.

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