SOUNDING THE TRUMPETS : DAY ONE

October 10, 2001 “Damn, you guys got all kinds of killer shit. What’s it all for?”

The Washington gas station attendant couldn’t help but gasp. Lined up at his Texaco island were no less than seven vehicles armed with eight Wave Runners, an arsenal of tow boards, a dozen big-wave legends and a Yamaha Jet Boat. Santa Cruz’s Ken “Skindog” Collins, who was closest to the kid, gave it to him straight: “It’s not as intimidating as it looks — we’re just going surfing.” Continue reading “SOUNDING THE TRUMPETS : DAY ONE”

SOUNDING THE TRUMPETS : DAYS THREE AND FOUR

October 14, 2001 Howling, 40-mile-an-hour south winds, pissing rain, a 28-mile stretch of beach with endless rows of storm surf. . .while most of us would flee to the nearest Cineplex during these conditions, Brian Keaulana and his crew of merry watermen decided there couldn’t be a better day for the final chapter in their week-long Billabong Odyssey training course. Continue reading “SOUNDING THE TRUMPETS : DAYS THREE AND FOUR”

ODYSSEY EUROPEAN EXPEDITION

The Billabong Odyssey, the three year quest to seek and ride the world’s largest waves, has just completed a surprise eight-day expedition to the European Continent to intercept a pair of potent North Atlantic swells. For the first time in the short history of watercraft-assisted “tow” surfing, a group of big-wave specialists flew 8000 miles to another ocean at a moment’s notice in pursuit of the biggest breakers available on the globe that week. Continue reading “ODYSSEY EUROPEAN EXPEDITION”