Perry Gershkow presents, 'Llévame de Vuelta', an original Surf Channel film about three best friends: Austin Smith-Ford, Kyle Buthman and Kyle Thiermann, on a trip to Mainland Mexico in search of waves and adventure. The film follows the ups and downs that come with seeking pristine, uncrowded surf, as well as the benefits of shredding one of the best waves in the world.
In the end, they challenge one another, and end up getting the waves of their lives.
With one of the largest swells to hit Puerto Escondido in at least 2 decades, the world's bravest big wave surfers made the trek to Mainland Mexico. There, in the city of Oaxaca, lives one of the most intense beach breaks in the world, known as the Mexican Pipeline.
Big wave surfer Mark Healey was among the few surfers that paddled out at Puerto Escondido on May 3, 2015, what surfers are calling 'Domingo Grande'. As Healey says himself, this is the largest swell at this dangerous beach break he has seen in his lifetime, and big wave surfers certainly haven't always been attempting paddle-ins on days like this. With that in mind, it's almost certain that Healey's wave is the largest ever paddled into at Puerto Escondido.
Filmed by NamHee Han, watch Mark Healey take the beating of a life time at Puerto Escondido as he describes his unforgettable ride in the video.
Located on the North Shore of Oahu, the famous winter surf break known as Pipeline serves as the proving grounds for only the most skilled surfers in the world. With razor-sharp coral reef, hidden caves, and heavy conditions, Pipeline is recognized as one of the most dangerous waves, and much respect is given to the athletes that brave the fast, steep drops.
However, surfers aren't the only ones putting their lives at risk at Pipeline. A team of highly skilled rescue personnel known as the North Shore lifeguards, are constantly immersing themselves in the most dangerous of situations in order to ensure the highest level of safety as possible. From no rescues for days in a row, to rescues every half hour, the absolutely no way to predict the kind of work day is in store.
Listen to North Shore Lifeguards, Ian Forrester and Robert Dorr, talk about their lives as key rescue personnel at Pipeline and the type of rescues that occur.
Ireland’s Fergal Smith is one of the most influential surfer in Europe. He no longer competes on the professional circuit but he continues to push the boundaries of surfing. His water skills are legendary but it’s his work on land that is raising his profile beyond surfing.
Gamut is an active, art & apparel lifestyle brand that support artists and athletes alike. They see a connection in everything and feel it is our duty on this planet to help others as much as we can while respecting their belief systems. There is no formula for life.
Here is a feature on one of their team riders, and star of this seasons Surf Channel original Clash of the Coasts, Austin Finley.
Not only is Austin a SoCal native surfer, but an incredibly talented artist. Making him a perfect brand ambassador / representative of the Gamut lifestyle. If you have ever met Austin, you will immediately recognize that his personality is infectious and he is an incredibly creative individual. This kid better get ready, because he has big things headed his way.
To see more of Austin, be sure to keep an eye out for our new series launching October 26th, 2016. You will see Austin and friends compete in some hilariously epic surf challenges against the East Coast aka the NubTV boys. It's going to be wild!
Shot and Edited by Cory Maggio
Thumbnail Photo by Jake Riffel
Allen Sarlo is a Malibu legend. As one of the original Z-Boys on the surf and skate team, Sarlo's roots run deep on the west coast of California. He grew up in an area of Venice Beach, which the locals deem "DogTown" and is recognized as an incredible surfer and kitesurfer. Sarlo even earned himself the nickname "Wave Killer" in the 70's.
Big wave surfer Frank Solomon grew up in Cape Town South Africa, home of some of the most diverse big waves in the world (for example Dungeons, Sunset, etc) gives advice to all/beginner big wave surfers.
"Little Victories" is a 30-minute surf film by Perry Gershkow about venturing all along the California coastline in search of wave variety, terrain, and creating little victories along the way.
Perry, an action sports filmmaker from Marin county, gathered his buds and hit the California coast starting in Santa Cruz heading north. The crew scored at eight different surf spots along the way ending their surf adventure with some serious tube time in San Francisco.
Surfers include: Austin Smith-Ford, Tyler Payne, Colin Dwyer, Bryce Adams, Chris Williams, Michael Taras, Teddy Miller, Matt Myers, Kyle Thiermann, Jason "Ratboy" Collins, Morgan Albertoli, Josh Scofield, Trevor Bloom, Ian Glover, Jordan Stern and Josh Ryan.
"If you take Jaws, Puerto Escondido and Waimea shorebreak and put them all on steroids... you get Nazaré." - Garrett McNamara
WaveJet athlete and big wave world record breaker, Garrett McNamara (HAW), sits down with The Surf Channel Television Network to explain the monster waves that Portugal's Nazaré creates, including his scrutinized 100ft wave caught in January of 2013. McNamara has been surfing since his family moved to Hawai'i in 1978, growing up with talented brother and athlete, Liam McNamara. During the winter of 2002-03, McNamara won the Tow Surfing World Cup at Jaws in 70ft conditions. The Hawaiian big wave charger went on to catch a record breaking 75 - 90ft wave at Nazaré in 2011, then ventured back in January 2013 and caught another massive wave with a possible height of 100ft.
Professional longboarder Crystal Dzigas loves her life on the island of Oahu. Her tropical days are spent caring for her 4-year-old son, gliding along the crystal blue waves of Hawaii, and traveling the world for the WSL Women's Longboard Tour.
Dzigas showcases her elegant nose riding style most often around Oahu's south shore and north shore, when she isn't traveling the world with fiancé and fellow professional surfer, Anthony Walsh.
Get to know the Body Glove team rider as she shares a glimpse of her dream-like world.
Shaun Tomson sits down to explain the risk and reward of surfing one of the world's most famous waves known as, Pipeline. Located on Oahu's North Shore, Pipeline serves as the proving grounds for most up and coming athletes.