by Stephan Vanfleteren
foreword by surfing legend, Gerry Lopez.
In Surf Tribe, photographer Stephan Vanfleteren shows that surf culture encompasses much more than just competitive sport. Surfing is also and above all about a deep respect for the ocean, about the feeling of insignificance against the forces of nature, about won and lost battles with others and with oneself. Vanfleteren looks beyond the traditional surf spots of California and Hawaii and travels the world in search of people who live in places where the ocean meets the land. He captures a fluid community, whose only leader is nature. He portrays young talent as well as living icons and old legends, both competitive surfers and free surfers. In this book you will not find action photos on azure waves, but serene black-and-white portraits in Vanfleteren's well-known, haunting style.
He shows the real people behind the surfers, in all their strength and vulnerability. This series of images penetrates to the true core of surf culture: the love for the water, the addiction to the wave, the passion for the surf.
With more than three hundred portraits of Kelly Slater, Gerry Lopez, John John Florence, Laird Hamilton, Bethany Hamilton, Greg Noll, Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Mickey Munoz, Filipe Toledo and Tom Carroll.
9" x 11.45"