A legendary paddler, a legendary wave
SUP magazine featured legendary paddler Jamie Mitchell on a monster wave in Fiji in a photo spread in their Fall issue, and as a complement to the spread they’ve created a flip book with audio of Mitchell talking about the wave–one he caught after working water safety at the Volcom Fiji Pro surf event that was held there in June. “The day after the contest finished, I thought it would be a great chance to get out there because everybody was partying pretty hard, so there wouldn’t be too many people out there,” Mitchell laughed. A few people other than Mitchell did make it out, though, including 11-time and reigning ASP world champ Kelly Slater, whose bald head you can see to the right of Mitchell in the photo below. Click here to view the flip book.
Photo courtesy SUP magazine, Tom Servais
‘Chromatic’ chronicles heaviest wave in history
Analog Clothing released its 22-minute movie “Chromatic” today, and Surfing magazine has it downloaded and ready for your viewing pleasure right here. The movie by filmmaker Riley Blakeway features pro surfers Nathan Fletcher and Chippa Wilson, including slow-motion footage of Fletcher riding what became known as the heaviest wave in history–one he caught in Tahiti while he was there for the 2011 Billabong Pro Teahupoo. If you’re not familiar with surf lingo, “heavy” refers to a wave that is so powerful, if it were harnessed it could light up Los Angeles for a day, according to former Surfer magazine editor Chris Mauro. The wave also earned Fletcher the Ride of the Year, Best Tuberide, and Men’s Performance awards at the Billabong XXL Awards held in May.
Click the photo above to watch the movie
Classic 90-mile canoe race concludes in New York
Canoe and Kayak magazine recently posted a gallery and race report on the 30th running of the Adirondack Canoe Classic, a famous three-day 90-mile race in the waters off the Adirondack Mountains in New York. The race runs from the city of Old Forge to Saranac Lake and 5.25 miles of it are impassable by water, meaning contestants have to carry their canoes on land until they reach calmer waters. Despite the high winds and torrential downpour, a record 275 boats participated in the event this year. To view the gallery of photos and read the race report, click here.
Photo courtesy Canoe and Kayak, Ariel Lynch