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Patagonia’s Innovative PSI Vest Is Helping Save An Iconic Big Wave Surf Break

Over the past five years Patagonia has been working with some of the top big wave surfers in the world to develop their PSI (personal surf inflation) vest. The PSI is a purpose-built tool that supports multiple inflations in a single surf session, and Patagonia received a U.S. patent for the innovative technology back in 2014. 

They also made a promise that they would license the intellectual property of the technology to the industry at large and use those funds to support an environmental cause. They kept their word on this promise by donating $150,000 grant to Fundación Punta De Lobos, a conservation effort working to protect an iconic Chilean coastline and big wave surf break. 

Here, field testers and experienced big-wave surfers, Aaron Gold, Mark Healey, Kohl Christensen, Ben Wilkinson and Brendan Shea speak about the inherent risks of big-wave surfing and how the vest can help mitigate risk when combined with proper training, experience, and preparation. 

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Nazaré Just Ate This Big Wave Surfer Alive
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Nazaré Just Ate This Big Wave Surfer Alive

Nazaré Just Ate This Big Wave Surfer Alive

Big wave surfer Andrew Cotton's day has not been going as planned. As he dropped into a behemoth of a wave, he lost his footing and got catapulted off his board, landing hard on his back a fair distance later. Cotton sustained a broken back, but was rescued and is recovering, thankful to be alive. Could this be one of the worst wipeouts ever captured?

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Shane Dorian’s 11-year-old Slays Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool
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Shane Dorian’s 11-year-old Slays Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool

Shane Dorian’s 11-year-old Slays Kelly Slater’s Wave Pool

Shane Dorian’s 11-year-old son Jackson is one lucky kid. His dad is one of the best surfers in the world, and his godfather his Kelly Slater, and he gets to do stuff like this all the time. Jackson finally got a turn on Kelly’s infamous wave pool, and scored some of the near-perfect waves the setup is known for along with some life advice from his idol. 

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Six Bros Supsquatch a Thirty Foot Wave at Nazaré
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Six Bros Supsquatch a Thirty Foot Wave at Nazaré

Six Bros Supsquatch a Thirty Foot Wave at Nazaré

Two days ago, six guys got towed into an absolute bomb on a supsquatch at Nazaré. Although Jamie O'Brien and company usually take the cake with antics in scary conditions, this crew might have the Hawaii boys beat. Anyway, this looks scary as hell and a guaranteed beatdown.