Lemoore in September is hot. It goes north of one hundred degrees on most days with little relief from the wind. It's dry, too, and the combination of these elements create a one-of-a-kind vibe for a surf contest that's 100 miles from the coast.
But with the rhythmic churning of the wave train enveloping your senses, you get used to it pretty quickly.
Most of the photos that tend to come out of the Surf Ranch capture this sentiment. The color scheme is always warm with an orange glow, and surfers are rarely in wetsuits.
So, we thought it would be fun to strip it all down and see how it looked in all black and white. Take a new spin on a familiar palate. Transform that soft warmth into sharp contrast.
With that goal in mind, here are 9 of our favorite stripped-down photos from the past two years in Lemoore.
With over a decade of research and development, Kelly Slater Wave Company created arguably the best artificial wave in the world, and definitively the longest barrel. - WSL / Kelly Cestari
Julian Wilson launches above the lip at then Freshwater Pro in September of 2019. - WSL / Jackson Van Kirk
Walking through a crowd and some cool mist, Filipe Toledo approaches the basin for the start of his heat at the 2018 Surf Ranch Pro. - WSL / Sean Rowland
7x World Champion Stephanie Gilmore and Conner Coffin enjoying an impromptu jam session in the locker room in 2018. - WSL / Kelly Cestari
Soli Bailey of Australia surfing a warm up session ahead of the 2019 Freshwater Pro. - WSL / Kelly Cestari
Italo Ferreira signs the G.O.A.T. Kelly Slater's jersey after surfing together in the Bonus Round of the 2019 Freshwater Pro. - WSL / Cait Miers
During her Round 1 heat at the 2019 Freshwater Pro, Carissa Moore sits deep in a backside barrel. - WSL / Kelly Cestari
Stephanie Gilmore stands out amoung the crowd in Lemoore, watching the waves before her heat. - WSL / Kelly Cestari
2018 Surf Ranch Pro wildcard Bethany Hamilton stomps on the breaks for a backside barrel. - WSL