Photos: Japan Locals

All Photos: Brent Bielmann
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A few months back, we were lucky enough to ink Brent Bielmann on as a Senior Photographer. We were abuzz about the addition and we wanted to get the big man on a trip stat. With an eye fixed on Japan, we watched the charts and waited for a perfect opportunity. When one arose, Brent jumped over with Anthony Walsh, Zeke Lau and Cheyne Magnusson. They returned with photos, clips and big grins — which you will see in an upcoming issue of SURFING and in Body Glove’s Live From The Moon. They also returned with an electrified respect for Japanese locals. Here are eight photos of their foreign friends, and an anecdote from Brent about his hosts.

Brent: Respect takes on a whole new meaning in Japan, which is definitely a cool thing to experience. The guys who surf there are gnarly. I’m reluctant to say that they’re more serious in the water because they still have a lot of fun, but it’s definitely a different vibe from anywhere else I’ve been. We went there and met up with our buddy Shinte who kind of acted as our guide for the trip. Apparently, the locals where we surfing are pretty nuts — Shinte told us stories about a few of the guys “making people disappear.” So he wanted to make sure that we met all of them and introduced ourselves before we paddled out and started taking waves. We showed up at the spot and their whole crew was there just checking us out, wondering what our deal was. It felt pretty tense at first, but we went around and shook hands with every single guy and they warmed up. They ended up being some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.