Over the weekend, the code red hurricane swell that has been ripping through the Pacific hit the California coast. After surfing this swell in Tahiti, Koa Rothman and the This is Livin’ team raced to Malibu to surf in Koa’s words, “Possibly the best Malibu I’ve ever seen in my life”. Although the waves were insane, Koa was still surfing Bu, and the crowd was as textbook Malibu as ever. By the end of each of his sessions on a two-day stint of all-day surfs, Koa and his buddy Ian were on clean-up crew and were slashing all the kooks they could off the face and over the falls on their waves. All in all, Koa had some good laughs, great waves and the stoke was high for his trip to Cali where he will be surfing for the rest of the week before returning home to Hawai’i.
Surfing isn’t always the graceful and glamourous activity it is often made out to be. Lulls between sets can be long, crowds can be hard to manage and paddle outs can be downright treacherous. Take this video for example. Nathan Florence is one of the best free surfers out there, and he still struggles for almost twenty minutes to get outside of the whitewash on this big day at Uluwatu. The tide pushes him at least a quarter mile up the beach, and despite his consistent paddling, the waves
Maui is currently getting hit with the biggest swell it has seen in over 20 years and our favorite shorebreak junkies from Beefs T.V. of course were there to get smoked by these monster waves. It was chaos on the beach. People gathered and applauded as Clay Marzo got continuously slammed onto the sand by these behemoths. I was genuinely worried for this guy’s safety after seeing him get crushed by some of these close outs; and equally impressed when I saw him walk away each time. Check out
If you didn’t already know, Maui was hit with the biggest swell it has seen in more than twenty years over the last few weeks, and Beefs T.V. was there to cover it! Lucky us. Surfers and body boarders packed the lineup at the aptly named Freight Trains break in Ma’alaea, all hoping to get pitted in this once in a lifetime (twice if you’re lucky) swell. The pro crowd showed up heavy for this session, too. Mike Ho, Billy Kemper and Kai Lenny were just a few of the well-known surfers in the