Watch: Hearts ablaze in Hawaii

Stu Nettle
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OK, a couple of things before launching into this clip.

The waves are incredible and well worth your attention, however if liberal use of slo-mo makes you break out in hives then consider running the clip at x2 speed.

Just hit 'settings' in the bottom right corner and increase the playback speed. You'll probably also have to mute the sound as the serious emotional score now sounds more like the Chipmunks in the orchestra pit.

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kaiser commented Tuesday, 16 Feb 2021 at 7:12pm

1:40. If you’re gonna pre-claim it, mr casual, then you need to make it

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Distracted commented Tuesday, 16 Feb 2021 at 7:21pm

It’s hard to look at Pipe like this and then think of North Narrabeen and Merewether on the pro tour.

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Jono commented Tuesday, 16 Feb 2021 at 7:29pm

3:55, it does not get much better than that.

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tango commented Tuesday, 16 Feb 2021 at 10:17pm

yep, best wave i've seen in ages.

I wasn't sick of the slo mo by that time, either.

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OHV500 commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 1:49pm

Totally agree - perfect

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Optimist commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 5:20am

Nice and happy pipe..enjoyed that ...Thanks.

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Spuddups commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 6:02am

Even with it sped up 2X it was too slow for my liking. Maybe I'm just a grumpy old man these days, but I fuckin' hate slo-mo.

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Blake87 commented Thursday, 18 Feb 2021 at 7:29pm

Agreed. I gave up. The music also doesn't belong imo.

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Island Bay commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 6:12am

Call me weird and stupid, but I'm no fan of the 'steep drop to arse-stall' Pipe barrels.
Deep and early and drive through it at full speed for my taste.

Roll-ins were nice. Love a good roll-in.

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frog commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 12:09pm

I was thinking the same thing - spending half the wave bogged down on your backside or sticking an arm in the face with no speed might increase your tube time and score in a heat but it removes one of the joys of surfing - pure frictionless speed and acceleration. Maybe not every wave - a pure speed run with no tube is fun too.

Frogg

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stunet commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 8:59am

I'm all for the arse drag, but purely from a functional point of view - could care less about aesthetics.

In '94 I was travelling through West Java and surfed at Turtles with a guy called Todd who used his arse as a body brake. First time I'd seen it. Having grown up near a left that heaved on takeoff but slowed up down the line, it was a revelation and I worked on it a lot.

At one of the Quik G'Land comps, maybe '96, Shane Beschen was doing it and it was subsequently written about as a new approach he'd pioneered.

Similar things written about JOB at Pipe as a young'un, though in his defence he was the only one applying it in waves of that calibre. Easy to get bucked off the board when scraping your behind at that speed. Also, it's one thing to deftly drag your derriere while travelling in a straight line through Indo glass, another to do it while freefalling into a bottom turn at Pipe.

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ringmaster commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 9:38am

I prefer the hand/arm drag as opposed to the arse drag in backhand barrels.

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sheep shagger commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 10:11am

Good surf on Valentines Day... reckon that's killed plenty of relationships over the years!

As surfers, we've all been there!

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spaceman commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 10:57am

Such a mesmerising wave!
Bold of old mate body surfer to drop in - could end in racing stripes to his arms. Or worse.

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Bungan33 commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 11:51am

8:28.....as good as "the" TC snap?

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Hiccups commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 1:14pm

Not even close to as critical.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 1:28pm

Stylish, no doubt, but it's on the end section, unlike TC's.

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rj-davey commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 2:47pm

Love the way he held back though. Ballsy

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JackStance commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 1:02pm

sssllllloooooowwwww mmmmoooooo.....

ppplllleeaaaassseee ffffuuuuucccckkkkk oooooofffffffff

Breathe. Murdoch's empire will one day fail to control our minds.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 1:31pm

The slow mo is great. Let’s you catch the detail and subtleties.

I wish it had gone for longer.

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Body slide commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 2:44pm

Am I the only one who thought there was bugger all cover up time on a fair portion of the waves considering the 'hype' of the swell. Couple of amazing ones mentioned above but it just wasn't hitting the reef at the right angle IMO. Good size tho...

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D-Rex commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 3:40pm

I've noticed that a few of the contributors on this site use a knuckle-drag technique to great effect.

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Ray Shirlaw commented Thursday, 25 Feb 2021 at 8:52pm

Hahaha yep

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Taprobane commented Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 at 3:44pm

Gotta agree about the cover ups- I like to see them disappear. Tho easy to be an armchair critic.

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seanboz commented Thursday, 18 Feb 2021 at 6:31pm

jeez even on double time that was tedious