It’s a sad fact that in the current surfing climate we simply don’t get to see enough of the tour surfers doing their thing outside the confines of competition. They don’t drop web edits; they don’t have to. Their sponsorship KPI’s are all geared toward performing on surfing’s elite world tour, not achieving exposure on measly surf sites. The traditional surf media isn’t on their radar like it once was, and feature length surf movies are dying a slow death. Their whole world is wrapped up in the WSL banner, and it seems the only way we get to see our beloved best doing their thing is in 30 minute windows of competition, set to the commercial drone of Joe Turpel and ’89 world champ Martin Potter. Surfing within the confines of a singlet, motivated purely by a desire to wear it again in the next round. But what a beautiful sight it is to see them set free. Surfing without shackles. The only strategy in mind to destroy the liquid canvas laid out before them. We thought we’d devote the following pages to just that. A full feature of the world’s best, sans singlets and slaying throughout 2018. We reached out to three men who are privileged enough to witness this more than most, photographers Peter ‘Bosko’ Boskovic, Ryan Miler and Trevor Moran, and asked them to supply their favourite images from this year’s free surfing sessions in and around the tour.