On May 4, 2015 a solid south swell blessed the southern California coastline with 7-8ft consistent waves. Of course, everyone and their mother heard about it in advance, so the lineup at Malibu beach was stacked with surfers from all over. Longboarders, SUPs, and shortboarders joined together at the famous right-hand point break to get their share of the fun.
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.
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