Watch: Eli Olson // Outer reef session

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Last week, while many of the world's best big wave surfers were getting spitballed from Jaws, Eli Olson hitched a ride to the outside reefs of Oahu. Running safety was an injured John John, who also provided lineups and offered between set pep talks.

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Sprout commented Monday, 3 Dec 2018 at 1:57pm

Zoomed out raw footage is so much better than anything else.

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dandandan commented Monday, 3 Dec 2018 at 2:36pm

Yep - so true. I've always loved films that show the wave rolling in, and the decisions people make in positioning and line. Gives you a better sense of being there, the anticipation of watching a line of swell move in and thinking "holy shit, what is this thing going to do..."

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gunther commented Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 at 6:13am

Yeah totally! I want to see the whole wave

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spenda commented Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 at 3:57pm

x 3. Really enjoyed this format, hopefully we will see more of it.

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Graeme Murdoch commented Monday, 3 Dec 2018 at 2:24pm

Reckon that left is Himalayas?

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stunet commented Monday, 3 Dec 2018 at 2:31pm

Yeah, think so.

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crg commented Monday, 3 Dec 2018 at 4:13pm

JJF surfing Pipe? Big brace still on the knee...

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seen commented Monday, 3 Dec 2018 at 10:20pm

maybe just being cautious given he might get thrown off the ski and can't afford to tweak it? partial tear is gonna be a liability no matter what. I hope it doesn't become one of those psychological injuries where he is forever afraid to hurt it again and keeps himself contained... it would be a shame to see him ride out his career as a winged eagle....

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freeride76 commented Monday, 3 Dec 2018 at 4:47pm

left is Himalayas, right is outer Logs, from what they said.

young guys charging, old men on skis.

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wally commented Monday, 3 Dec 2018 at 11:47pm

Of course, back in the day, those old men on skis used to paddle out from the beach, surf those waves, and then paddle back home.

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Justint commented Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 at 5:42am

Exactly. And they would have pulled in too.
Nice shoulder riding by the younger guys

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 at 6:10am

Justint You get a couple out there?

I think that was epic, Eli was charging

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 at 6:13am

https://www.instagram.com/p/BG5_pWykXAs/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshi...
JJF on the left a couple of years ago, think from memory he said that it was the biggest tube he’s ever been in. The sequence is nutty

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gunther commented Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 at 6:17am

Those waves, while incredibly large, seem quite approachable compared to Jaws or Nazare at least