DTL: El Nino and the Peahi Paradigm Shift
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Earlier this season, the Peahi Big Wave World Tour event set a major precedent in big wave performance. Last Friday’s (Jan 15, 20160) paddle-in day at Peahi, on Maui, took that precedent and shattered it. An entirely new paradigm ; a new model of big wave performance was set.
Case in point: Ian Walsh carving under the lip. Shane Dorian driving through caverns –pulling into closeouts; Aaron Gold catching (possibly) the biggest wave ever paddled into.
The prime angle of the swell was a big reason.
After this day; Peahi made one thing perfectly clear to all: Peahi is the center of big wave paddle in performance surfing. Peahi! Not Nazere, not Waimea, not Todos, not Mavericks.
A massive, deep, powerful, enticing blue water Polynesia. Peahi stands alone.
The top surfers have met Peahi head-on in the paddle realm and pushed the limits as far as they can go on paddle-in boards.
Or have they?
“I thought the Pe’ahi Challenge was crazy, but yesterday when Aaron Gold caught (his) wave it took the cake,” said former WCT Surfer Luke Egan on Swellnet. “What’s next? Who is going to design a surfboard to paddle into these monsters as well as start doing turns? I don’t have the answers for the design, but I tell you what, someone’s going to work it out and blow minds.”
Big wave legend and world champion surfer Tom Carroll has agreed with hear-say that Aaron Gold’s wave was the biggest wave paddled into, up to this day, he said “I struggle to put specific size to it but an estimate puts it at 8 x his board length which would make it 80’+.”
The top professional big wave surfers are taking things to a place that I believe leads to one thing: In 3-5 years tow-in will again be in vogue. They will pick up the rope again.
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