The best video footage from the North Pacific
The North Pacific Ocean is currently coloured up with an extended run of swell. The first swell hit last Friday in Hawaii, the second swell on Sunday, and the third swell is hitting the North Shore as I type. It's expected to peak tonight as one of the largest swells of the past decade (read a Swellnet article on the swell). Unfortunately bad winds also arrived with the swell so there's no surfing in Hawaii till tomorrow. What happens when it hits the US mainland remains to be seen, yet the organisers of the Mavericks Invitational have green-lighted the event for this Friday (Saturday Australian time).
Here are the best videos so far. Footage has been gathered from Waimea Bay, Peahi (Jaws), Mavericks, and Nelscott Reef. Check back for more videos as the current swell hits and the footage gets uploaded
Nelscott Reef, Oregon, 19/01. Good footage.
Waimea Bay, 19/01. Mid-range Wammy with crowds a'plenty, among them John John, Makua, and Jamie Sterling. Great wipeout at 54 second mark.
Peahi 19/01. Excellent Drone/UAV aerial footy.
Jamie O'Brien, only one wave but he shows brilliant subtlety on a mid-face bottom turn riding a 10 foot gun.
Three great barrels from Sunday 19/01 at Peahi.
Jaws, 19/01. Good footy, dodgy music
Shaun Walsh, Jaws 19/01, XXL Ride of the year entry
Billy Kemper, Jaws 19/01, XXL Ride of the year entry
Early footage Mavs 21/01.
First light at Waimea 22/01, closed out washing machine.