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17 of '17

Another year has passed! As we take this time to reflect, I also wanted to take this time to review and re-live through my photography. Great images are destined to live on a hard drive until they have their moment to shine, though some seem to have an expiration date that looms as the days go on. When I was putting together my 17 favourite photos of 2017, it was a challenge because most of my "best" work I'm still hanging onto for future publication dreams. So this series is more based on my experiences such as trips, stories, feelings and ideas rather than a highlight reel. Enjoy my selections, accompanied with the exact dates they were taken along with some insight by yours truly.

Did one of your favourite shots of mine not make the cut? Let me know which one in the comments below!

  January 17th, 2017  During the darkest days of winter, we went to check the beach and were absolutely baffled at what we saw. Perfect conditions with literally no one out. We changed as fast as we could, but you know that they say: If it looks good, you've already missed it.

January 17th, 2017
During the darkest days of winter, we went to check the beach and were absolutely baffled at what we saw. Perfect conditions with literally no one out. We changed as fast as we could, but you know that they say: If it looks good, you've already missed it.

  January 21st, 2017  By the time we arrived, everyone was already leaving. Claiming that we missed the tide and it was better an hour ago. We could either go back to drink coffee and wait for another tide swing or go out and try it. Michael and Andy agree we made the right choice.  Published in Tracks Magazine and Surfline.

January 21st, 2017
By the time we arrived, everyone was already leaving. Claiming that we missed the tide and it was better an hour ago. We could either go back to drink coffee and wait for another tide swing or go out and try it. Michael and Andy agree we made the right choice.
Published in Tracks Magazine and Surfline.

  February 3rd, 2017  In the 6 years I've lived here, it's snowed once, barely. So when I woke up and saw what was happening, I frantically looked through my phone and called everyone immediately. Thankfully Andy picked up.  Published in Surf Time Magazine.

February 3rd, 2017
In the 6 years I've lived here, it's snowed once, barely. So when I woke up and saw what was happening, I frantically looked through my phone and called everyone immediately. Thankfully Andy picked up.
Published in Surf Time Magazine.

  February 10th, 2017  Pete's nagging back injury this past winter limited his surfing and kept him out of the water on a daily basis. It was inspiring to see him still getting barrelled off his hat while standing as tall as the wave would allow, but according to him: "All I'm doing is going straight."  Published on Magic Seaweed.

February 10th, 2017
Pete's nagging back injury this past winter limited his surfing and kept him out of the water on a daily basis. It was inspiring to see him still getting barrelled off his hat while standing as tall as the wave would allow, but according to him: "All I'm doing is going straight."
Published on Magic Seaweed.

  February 27th, 2017  My trip to California consisted of a lot of driving and day dreaming. The waves never ended up being picture perfect as I had imagined, but when this little insider bubbled up it was the next best thing to "perfection".

February 27th, 2017
My trip to California consisted of a lot of driving and day dreaming. The waves never ended up being picture perfect as I had imagined, but when this little insider bubbled up it was the next best thing to "perfection".

  March 18th, 2017  For how relaxed and care-free Andy's personality/surfing is, he's actually a very determined and driven individual. We drove & hiked out here in the dark on a hunch, just so we could shoot this spot for less than an hour before he had to go to work.  Published in Carve Magazine.

March 18th, 2017
For how relaxed and care-free Andy's personality/surfing is, he's actually a very determined and driven individual. We drove & hiked out here in the dark on a hunch, just so we could shoot this spot for less than an hour before he had to go to work.
Published in Carve Magazine.

  April 2nd, 2017  When the early morning light finally came through the clouds, I was begging for someone to get a wave in that moment. Thankfully Hanna Scott snagged a set down the beach, committed to hitting this section and landed on the  cover .  Published in SBC Surf Magazine

April 2nd, 2017
When the early morning light finally came through the clouds, I was begging for someone to get a wave in that moment. Thankfully Hanna Scott snagged a set down the beach, committed to hitting this section and landed on the cover.
Published in SBC Surf Magazine

  April 20th, 2017  I always keep this angle in my back pocket for days like this. The beaches around Tofino are a hard place to get good lineup shots, but with a speed blur at sunset it creates a momentary illusion of clean lines.

April 20th, 2017
I always keep this angle in my back pocket for days like this. The beaches around Tofino are a hard place to get good lineup shots, but with a speed blur at sunset it creates a momentary illusion of clean lines.

  September 6th, 2017  This was my first time at this slab up the coast and it will certainly not be the last. In my opinion, Noah won this session for coming out of the most barrels. It was really hard to choose only one shot from this trip, but I just love the expression and focus on this face.

September 6th, 2017
This was my first time at this slab up the coast and it will certainly not be the last. In my opinion, Noah won this session for coming out of the most barrels. It was really hard to choose only one shot from this trip, but I just love the expression and focus on this face.

  September 18th, 2017  For the first two waves, Pete boosted and landed some of the biggest straight airs I've ever seen at this beach. It was the perfect air sections, until the tide got too high and started soften out.  Published in SURFER Magazine.

September 18th, 2017
For the first two waves, Pete boosted and landed some of the biggest straight airs I've ever seen at this beach. It was the perfect air sections, until the tide got too high and started soften out.
Published in SURFER Magazine.

  September 30th, 2017  Some session are easily forgotten, but some moments last forever. Here's Michael taking in the scenery at home after a sub-par surf.

September 30th, 2017
Some session are easily forgotten, but some moments last forever. Here's Michael taking in the scenery at home after a sub-par surf.

  October 3rd, 2017  This is a good example of why I love shooting from the water, strange and beautiful moments that you could never plan or recreate.

October 3rd, 2017
This is a good example of why I love shooting from the water, strange and beautiful moments that you could never plan or recreate.

  October 11th, 2017  Pete and I went off the beaten path to find try and shoot somewhere a little different. Though the waves weren't the greatest, we walked away with the knowledge of conditions for next time and some neat lifestyles.

October 11th, 2017
Pete and I went off the beaten path to find try and shoot somewhere a little different. Though the waves weren't the greatest, we walked away with the knowledge of conditions for next time and some neat lifestyles.

  October 24th, 2017  The only things I enjoy about hiking are the middle (at the top) and the end (at the bottom). But my girlfriend Nora LOVES hiking, and since I love her, I agreed to join her before the alpine has too much snow to reach the summit.

October 24th, 2017
The only things I enjoy about hiking are the middle (at the top) and the end (at the bottom). But my girlfriend Nora LOVES hiking, and since I love her, I agreed to join her before the alpine has too much snow to reach the summit.

  October 29th, 2017  I've really been enjoying shooting candid portraits lately. It's new aspect to me that can be as challenging (if not more) than shooting surfing. I've been trying to get more unique personal moments that don't exist while someone is simply looking into the camera and forcing a smile. You can tell a lot about people by their natural expressions.  Published on Surfline.

October 29th, 2017
I've really been enjoying shooting candid portraits lately. It's new aspect to me that can be as challenging (if not more) than shooting surfing. I've been trying to get more unique personal moments that don't exist while someone is simply looking into the camera and forcing a smile. You can tell a lot about people by their natural expressions.
Published on Surfline.

  November 7th, 2017  During our recent trip to Portugal, we had a lay day to explore the area and drove up to Nazaré. Even with such a small swell, there is so much energy here.

November 7th, 2017
During our recent trip to Portugal, we had a lay day to explore the area and drove up to Nazaré. Even with such a small swell, there is so much energy here.

  November 30th, 2017  On one of my last days in Hawaii, my friend Heath took me on a hike to get a better view of The Seven Mile Miracle. Just as this rainbow was disappearing, a second reef set came though and this unidentified surfer was in the perfect position for the wave of the day at Pipeline.

November 30th, 2017
On one of my last days in Hawaii, my friend Heath took me on a hike to get a better view of The Seven Mile Miracle. Just as this rainbow was disappearing, a second reef set came though and this unidentified surfer was in the perfect position for the wave of the day at Pipeline.