Labor Day weekend saw a solid Southern Hemi swell march straight towards Newport Beach’s famed big wave: the Wedge. In our tight-lipped office we heard rumors of Red Bull takeovers and Surfline live streams. Of Bruce Irons, Nathan Fletcher and Jamie O’Brien putting on a show for the Internet world to gasp over. But in the end there was no live stream and no Bruce and Nathan. There was, however, Jamie O’Brien and a band of thrill specialists. O’Brien later said, “It’s an amazing wave, I was blown away. That rebound off the jetty’s hard to read and you’re constantly trying to find the right place to take off, but that’s what’s so great about it. It makes you work for it.” The Pipe Master’s got a point.