We knew right away it was a cover. Most photos — no matter how perfect — are diligently criticized before they find themselves on Page 1. But this photo? No scrutiny necessary. Photographer Laurent Pujol has been working on this one-of-a -kind angle for quite some time and one day, in France, it paid off. Laurent pulled into a barrel behind Bruce Irons, snapped a few frames, got flogged and emerged with the cover of SURFING Magazine’s January 2014 Issue. Now, please, do allow him to spin his tale.