Patrick Flanagan;

This Website is a sample of my forty odd years working as a surf photographer and writer. 

So what’s the best camera in the world?

I hope I never find out. How long will it be before the difference between all top end cameras will be so small in increment that the brand wont actually matter? The second World War was a watershed time for photography. War correspondents and shooters needed a...

Milk Train to Mecca

Milk Train to Mecca As published in the NOV/DEC issue of Zigzag Magazine I never really came to terms with conscription. It weighed heavily on my soul. I had no choice or affiliation.   Fighting anyone, least of all some obscure force far away, never even...

Surfer Mag Gallery

2014 was a bomb year for surf in Durban. On request Matt Van Wieringen, Sean McCarthy and I submitted this gallery to Surfer mag. VIEW: http://www.surfermag.com/photos/exposure-south-africa/

84 Country Feeling Classic

Until the 2017 J-Bay Open the 84 Country Feeling was widely given 'Best Ever' status. View an awesome video clip of the best event I ever attended. Wasn't a CT or a QS, just a shootout between the best surfers in the world at one of the best breaks at its very...

Shoot Better Surf Pics

SIX COMPOSITION TIPS TO HELP YOU SHOOT BETTER SURF PHOTOGRAPHS by Pat Flanagan     Being exposed to a lot of surf photos on Facebook and Web sites these days, I often see some basic errors being made by aspiring surf photographers. Surf photography is a big...

Espo

Stevie Ray Vaughan would have dug your surfing Espo.  In the same natural way you capture the very essence just like he did. Story and photos by Pat Flanagan. Playfull Espo at the Bay of Plenty with Ray Robertson looking on.   Like Frankie...

People Who Surf

The start of a series of portraits of surfers taken between the seventies and earlier today. Click on pics to enlarge.                                                                                                                                                     ...

So You Want to be a Surf Photographer

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP SO YOU WANT TO BE A SURF PHOTOGRAPHER AND EARN $1000 A MONTH FOR ONE MONTH OF THE YEAR. This is the title of an article that I read a while back in an international magazine that pretty much sums up why you should , even in...

How two Aussies changed SA surfing forever in 1968

For What it's Worth by Pat Flanagan May 68. Back in Durban after nine months in the Navy in Simonstown, bright eyed and bushy tailed with my 9'10” Mike Hynson model three stringer Gordon & Smith under my arm, looking for a little excitement and a lot of waves....

My Other Websites

South African Surfing Legends

Inspire, develop and mentor future generations of surfers through the celebration of our rich surfing heritage.

Kitchen Window

Kitchen Window is hopefully the conduit through which these stories, waves and ideas will reach those interested in looking a little deeper into the heart of South Africa surfing.