Classic surf

Classic “One in a million” photograph

Flynn Novak Flynstone Flip with Solar Eclipse (real)

…and I’ve just shot a total one in a million image that I know I’ll never be able to repeat again, no matter how hard I try.


19 transormational moments from my career as a photographer of surf.

I often work with a handful of surf websites these days and one of the quality ones from the US is theinertia.com These guys have a lot of really good quality reading and just about always have really great photography The Inertia‘s a classy site full of very good content. The fellas over there hit […]


Dark menace

Dark Menace – is part of the new Shadowland collection and was photographed several years ago in Tahiti, just as a rain storm was about to envelop us for a good half an hour. I snapped this one right before the rain started. Dark menace is shown here as a 30 x 45 inch canvas […]


A birds eye view of the famed reef at Pipeline

Ever wondered what the reef looks like that it causes the water to propel itself upwards and outward, forming the world famous surf break that we all know as Pipeline? Wonder no more. Here in this ariel perspective, the business end of the surf reef is clearly visible in the middle of the first frame. […]


Timeless Pipeline Line up – Pipe Arena

The Banzai Pipeline, located on the north shore of Oahu, has a world famous reputation for producing big perfect waves as well as incredible photographs not only of the surfing but also of the wave itself, even the ever changing weather conditions along this shoreline, often dictate when the best photographs occur. In the 15 […]


5 iconic surf images from the archive

and this image was the result of a set of about a dozen waves all at once.


Vans uses historic Davey pictures for 30th anniversary triple crown.

As many of you are aware, the Vans triple Crown of surfing is happening LIVE right now on the north shore. When the folks at Vans came to me, seeking historic moments from the triple crown, I was able to come up with quite a large number of the overall images in the program. Images […]


A very cool moment from 18 years ago.

It was my second season of then traveling to the Hawaiian islands from Australia to photograph the north shore for the magazines that I was shooting for at the time. Back then, those magazines were Australian Surfing Life, Surfaholic, Surfing and Trip Surf. It was before the fisheye became a normal lens in the water. […]


The best heat, I ever saw surfed.

Stepping back into the time tunnel to easter of 1996. The surf at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach , was pretty good, but even better at nearby Winkipop. So good in fact, that they moved the event over there and the surfing was spectacular in 6-8 foot surf. Kelly Slater was already well […]


Flashback to 2001 and Kieren Perrow at Shipsterns

It was the year 2001 and I had led a band of surfers into a very remote and difficult to access surf location, deep in the Tasmanian wilderness. The place was still largely unknown about, but things changed after Kieren Perrow, Drew Courtney and Mark Mathews paddled out there. 2 Crazy sessions ensued over the […]


The Mechanics of Sunset

Folks, I just worked on a new pictorial with Surfline, about Sunset Beach on the north shore of Oahu. About 20 of the images are my photos. Well worth a quick look…..


Kelly Slater add’s another 1 to his 10, to make it 11 world titles.

I used to wish I could have stood on the beach and seen the legendary surf sessions that happened at Off The Wall, back in the late 70’s with legends like Gerry Lopez, Mark Richards, Shaun Thompson, Buttons and more. Of course, had I actually been there, I’d be another 10 years older most likely, […]


A touch of Tahiti and big wave surfing

I’ve traveled to Tahiti numerous times over the years and it’s always an astonishingly beautiful place to visit. Many first time visitors will agree that it’s much like what one imagines Hawaii being like 100 years ago. Life is a simple contented existence on the land for many Tahitians, particularly out in the country areas. […]


Surf City Canvas wrap line-ups.

Folks, I’ve dabbled a little bit here and there with photoshop over the years, but what I like to do is create amazing scenes that you wouldn’t otherwise ever see. Scenes that are quite obviously not real, to most folks, but always ultimately compelling to look at for most everyone. It started a few years […]


A new instalment of Davey’s Wavey gravy at the collective

Folks, The Australian website known as the collective showcases mainly Tasmanian content, usually just about always of a pretty intense nature. Intense meaning, they often feature pictorials of people surfing huge waves that would kill 90% of most people. I’ve been helping the guys out over there at the collective by supplying them with regular […]


More classic Tasmanian surf with Davey’s Wavey Gravy on the collective

it’s been running hot lately with non stop pictorials


Seans classic old 80’s pic’s from Tasmania, on the collective website

Tasmanian website: the collective has been running hot with incredible content lately including some amazing ariel images of the Sth east regions and some truly huge surfat Shipsterns bluff just a few days ago. I was talking to the site’s owner Stuart Gibson today and we agreed that it’d be cool to throw some older […]


Classic big wave moment: Randy lane at Outside Avalanche

This was back in 1999 and I was up in a helicopter, randomly photographing tow surfing. Nothing organised as such. I was checking out these guys at Outside Avalanche when this one guy on an old school stand-up jetski caught a Huge wave and just got real close to the


One in a million moment

It was October the 13th in 2004 and I had just rocked up to the beach to see if I could get some decent surf shots against the setting sun at at Rocky point. There I was on the beach looking at this full on solar eclipse and then I noticed Flynn Novak out there […]


HUGE surf on the way.

A huge wave closes out Waimea Bay. Dec 2009

There certainly seems to be a lot of talk at the moment about a BIG swell hitting the north shore next week. Phrases like 20-40 feet, house damages expected and talk of all surfboards 10 feet and longer . It has been a pretty quiet season thus far for really big surf, so maybe there’s […]


The Widow Maker

Surfing the deep southern wilderness of South West National Park, in Tasmania, Australia.

Folks, deep in the southern Tasmanian wilderness, quite some considerable distance away from the end of the road lies this gem of a place, known by the locals asThe Widow Maker. The reason they call it the Widow Maker is that this point is lined with dead trees that were burnt out by a massive […]


Classic Wing Pin - single fin by Terry Fitzgerald

I love classic old style surfboards, just about as much as I love classic old cars. They all have a magic feel about them. There’s history in there. This is a Classic Wing Pin single fin shaped by the man dubbed: The Sultan of Speed Mr Terry Fitzgerald Terry shapes the most amazing single fin […]


New UNDER WATER pictorial of the NORTH SHORE

"Through the looking glass" with Sean Davey

The surf forecasting website; Surfline, just featured another new pictorial of my images as part of their ongoing “6 weeks on the north shore” features. In this pictorial, I’ve focused entirely on what’s going on under water around the north shore. Here, you’ll find out what Pipeline’s reef looks like from up close and personal, […]


Heavy Water moment at The Bay

Huge wave cleans up the pack at big Waimea, Jan 11th 2010

Folks, I shot this image from up on the hill at Pupukea, back on Jan’ 11th, this year. I could scarcely believe my eyes when this went down. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the entire pack get cleaned up at The Bay before. There was one particular individual who caught my attention as this […]