Friday, April 25, 2008

The Day Reef Made HISTORY: A Photo Retrospective


(Reef Mcintosh Pipeline, Oahu, Photograph (C) Sean Tiner).


(Reef Mcintosh surveying the surf a day before the swell, Pipeline, Oahu, Photograph (C) Sean Tiner).



(Reef Mcintosh Pipeline, Oahu, Photograph (C) Sean Tiner).



(Reef Mcintosh, "Ride of the Year," Pipeline, Oahu, Photograph (C) Sean Tiner).



(Reef Mcintosh & Sean Tiner, Pipeline, Oahu)



(Reef Mcintosh & The Crew, shortly after he captured his "Ride of the Year," Pipeline, Oahu, Photograph (C) Sean Tiner).



(Reef Mcintosh, "Ride of the Year," Pipeline, Oahu, Photograph (C) Sean Tiner).



(Reef Mcintosh, reflecting, Pipeline, Oahu, Photograph (C) Sean Tiner).

As Reef often jokes, "My fun ...is not your fun," which summarizes the courage of the Pipeline Posse. This select group of big wave surfers stay on the beach when the average surfer is catching waves ...only when it is big enough and they average surfer stays on the beach, do they paddle out.

Last year, I was fortunate to be at the Quiksilver house on Hawaii's North Shore. I was supposed to return to California on February 15, but there was rumored to be a big swell hitting on the same day ...so I postponed my flight a day. :)

....Fortunately, the forecast was right and created the perfect conditions for Reef Mcintosh to capture his "Ride of the Year." It was incredible to watch Reef paddle into the monstrous face and calmly surf through the barrel.

Several photographers captured this ride and it was published in a few magazines. However, I hope my behind-the-scenes photos provide a unique perspective to Reef's accomplishments.

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