On a trip for Globe, Dion Agius and I flew to Wales to stay with Taj Burrow for a week. The day we flew in, Taj told us that there could be some fun waves at a little slab near his place. It was quite small and a little bit out to sea, so I opted to shoot from the water. The weather quickly turned and a beautiful thunderstorm passed over us, I remember Taj paddling past me and wanting to capture the moment, after all it wasn't everyday I was shooting two of the world's best surfers by themselves. A lightning bolt happened to strike just as I pushed the trigger, Taj made a childish yelp, paddled back out and the two traded 3 foot tubes for the next hour. A surreal memory I won't forget and glad I have this image to remember it by.
The wait is over and we can finally share the first new images of this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest! Every week, we announce the semi-finalists of a different category, so stay tuned for more mind-blowing images.