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Vans Pier Classic 2012 Final Day

April 1, 2012 – It was Victory at Sea conditions for the Vans Pier Classic 2012 Final Day in Huntington Beach, California.


My good friend John Philpotts and I decided to set up to shoot from the pier.  It was truly a gorgeous, clear, sunny day, however, the COLD winds were howling over the ocean.  It was relentless for the entire day, but getting the pros surfing right at you when they make those lefts is an amazing shot and I was excited.  I was fully prepared to take on the elements.  Besides, my job was easy compared to the surfers.  They had to battle the wild conditions and that was hard work.  It took all they had just to paddle back out through the tough current after each wave.  There was size to these waves as well, although, most weren’t very clean.

This was the Vans Pier Classic 2012 final day.  I was extra stoked to see three San Clemente locals in the contest Chris Ward, Tanner Gudauskas, and Nate Yeomans.  I am most definitely not there just for the sole purpose of shooting the event.  I am a fan of the sport of surfing through and through.  It is art and beauty in motion when done well.  The venue, for me, is the best and most beautiful of all sports and my favorite place to be.  Even if on this particular day, I thought I might get blown right off the pier.

The Vans Pier Classic 2012 final day started with the Juniors competition.  Hawaiian Keanu Asing was a standout and would go on to win the Juniors level of the competition.  He was greeted on the shore by his father after exiting the water sharing a victory embrace.  It was a touching moment.  The Men’s competition was next.  I was proud of all of the guys, especially my San Clemente boys.  They all surfed amazing regardless of the conditions. In the end, Nate Yoemans and Nat Young were in the race to win. Nate Yeomans came so close with a score of 14.87, behind Young’s 15.08 a .20 difference in score.   Nat Young  took the Men’s division.


It was an exciting day in Huntington Beach.  These guys rip in any conditions and I’m glad I was there to witness and shoot it.

To see a full gallery of my shots, click on the link below.  Enjoy!

Vans Pier Classic 2012 Final Day Gallery


Vans Pier Classic 2012 Final Day


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