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Video: These Sharks Hanging With Surfers Is Scary Cool

Last week, SURFER published Brad Mommsen’s aerial video of sharks swimming beneath a group of surfers in Durban, South Africa – seemingly unbeknownst to the riders, among whom was Jordy Smith. 

"As I changed my drone’s camera angle to face directly below it, the glare from the reflection of the sun went away and I got to see right through the water. The first shark sighting was like 'whoa’ and then I saw there were actually five different sharks all swimming around together. That was pretty gnarly,” Mommsen told SURFER in an interview.

The footage certainly makes my heart race, but all seems chill. As you watch, the sharks are doing their own thing. They’re perhaps inquisitive, but not threatening. Mommsen said to SURFER, “I've seen sharks here a lot. We all know they're there. It's like saying you're never going to step into nature because there are wild animals there.”

In that sense, this video is still terrifying, but also kinda beautiful.  

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Video: Experience the Beauty of Hawaii From Above
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While TGR may be known for our love of winter, there’s a special place in our heart for the island of Hawaii. We’ve been traveling to this tropical gem for nearly a decade, each time falling more in love with the island’s raw beauty and vibrant culture. "Kauai shares a similar kind of kindred spirit as Jackson Hole in its remoteness and its rawness," shares TGR co-founder Steve Jones.  RELATED: Andy Irons: Kissed By God During the filming of , we explored the area deeper—particularly from

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We are honored to announce that was named the “Audience Favorite Award” by the annual REEL Recovery Film Festival. This honor was presented at the Experience, Strength, and Hope Awards last Thursday in Los Angeles.  Watch Andy Irons: Kissed By God The award ceremony, now in its 10th year, was established by Writers in Treatment, a nonprofit organization that seeks to help writers suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other afflictions. was recognized alongside TV star