Saturday, January 22, 2011

instead

Sorry, it was a NO GO on Thursday for the Eddie.  The judges judged that the waves were big enough but not consistent enough. If the conditions kick up again before February 24th, they'll call everybody back from around the world and do it.  As all the invitees said, they don't care where they are or what they're doing, they'll catch the first plane and be here.  No matter the cost. After all, it's the Eddie. 

Lucky for us, all of the world's best Big Wave riders were already here, all jacked up and nowhere to go. Apparently, word got around that there were monster sets up here at Sunset. By 4 o'clock, they all (40 or so) were here with 5 PWCs (jet skis) and began tow-in surfing.  For the next 3 hours, we got to watch the most amazing athletes do the most amazing things (vocabulary fails me here) and still live to tell about it.  It was absolutely breath-taking.

Instead, though we'll probably never get to actually see the Quiksilver, we did get to watch the best surfers in the world do stuff that was too crazy even for the Eddie.      
  

9 comments:

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Sounds wonderful!! Love hearing about your Hawaii adventure, even if with just a tinge of envy.

Cracked me up. Word verif: unape

"Not this girl," I thought!

hw (hallie) farber said...

Thankfully, my current issue of Vanity Fair had an article about surfing and Quiksilver. I now understand your last three posts. We don't get many big wave riders here on the lake.

SamArtDog said...

I love VF; it's a great mag! I used to subscribe, but now my sister does so I depend on sibling osmosis. Unless someone gives me a hot tip (like you). I'll go to Foodland in Pupukea tomorrow and get a copy.

Celeste Bergin said...

great Hawaii update---I am jealous!

Shelley Smart said...

How fun to see such awesome talent! And in Hawaii! Sounds like it's a wonderful trip!

brian eppley said...

cow-abunga!

loriann said...

Wow! It must be awesome just to watch. I am jealous! I am glad to see you are enjoying you Hawaiian holiday this year.

SamArtDog said...

Yes, Loriann. Watching-- we call it porch surfing. I'm so glad you're able to bed surf! As I watch these miraculous waves come in and go out, they remind me of breath. So do the whales I watch blow and breach and bubble as they corral their krill for breakfast. All of this reminds me of your miraculous breath. I'm thankful for all of it.

Bonnie Luria said...

Hoooowheeeee- I also got the newest issue of VF and have trouble breathing just LOOKING at the photos.
How cool that you're there.
It's unimaginable to me that people choose to do this because they love it.
Porch surfing indeed, with a life vest.