Dias Beach by Alan van Gysen in Cape Point, South Africa

On the southern tip of Africa lies an exquisite white beach named after the Portuguese explorer who first rounded her in his little wooden ship. Today scores of international tourists visit the nature reserve which protects this area, but few venture down the cliffs onto the sand besides local Cape Town surfers. Brandon Jackson sets himself up for a picturesque barrel at Dias Beach, South Africa.

Name:Alan van Gysen

Place you live: Kommetjie, Cape Town, South Africa

Place your photo was taken: Dias Beach, Cape Point

Can you sum up the place you live? A stones throw away from my home lies the mighty Atlantic Ocean in the deep south of Cape Town at the tip of Africa. It is here I surf, paddle and enjoy life with my family, absorbing the beauty of life in all it’s serenity and picturesque magnitude that Africa offers every day.

Occupation: Professional photographer

Preoccupation: Surfer

A perfect day in Cape Town? Early morning SUP paddle before the sun rises followed by a hearty breakfast. A bit of photo work, lunch and then an epic afternoon surf once the offshore makes my local break perfect and barreling. A walk on the beach with my family and dogs in the evening and then home to chill and read.

If someone was visiting, what must they do? Surf, drive, eat out, see the beautiful sights and absorb the culture and wilderness.

A perfect meal in the place you call home? A braai. African barbecue with meat and veggies cooked in or on top of wood fire coals.

What is the best thing about your spot? The pristine beach, clear water, barrels and accessibility.

What is the worst? The sharks and freezing cold summer waters.

A little known fact about where you live? Number one breeding ground for great white sharks

Where is your favorite place in the world? Kommetjie, Cape Town, my home.

Who are your three favorite photographers? Timothy AllenChris Burkard and John Callahan. But there are countless others who inspire me.