Jay writes: Slater's big title fuss was all the rage last week, but it was Garrett McNamara's beast of a wave over a submarine canyon that grabbed the world news. Every morning show worth its salt ran video and pics of this blue behemoth. The wave is impossible to describe. I would say 90-feet is a conservative estimate. Garrett has been searching all over the planet for this wave, and it's interesting he found it in the Atlantic ocean. I am pretty sure he'll be cashing checks for years based on this one ride. Pure sickness! But as for video, I am still partial to James McKean's plight.
No doubt, a good wipeout can often be the highlight of a session. Sometimes there's nothing like a toss by the lip or a nosedive in the pit to shake you up and get your blood coursing. Even the most mundane go-out can become a memorable event after a sick hold down or a full thrashing. But for the love of Pete! James McKean turned the wipeout into performance art...an interpretive dance of destruction at the salty hands of nature. What begins as a smooth drop-to-fade on an insane Shipsterns Bluff bomb ends in a nightmare torn from the sketch pad of a deranged mental patient. McKean gets thoroughly mangled, fully throttled, overwhelmingly axed, definitively destroyed, and most certainly vaporized.