Chuck Patterson is quite the Renaissance man when it comes to outdoor adventure. Whether he's chasing sharks, swells, or snow, he's usually turning heads at each stop. The 6'2" 220-pound waterman is best known these days as a racing champion in the fledgling sport of standup paddling, but come winter he always reverts back to his skiing roots, even if he happens to be riding 50-foot waves in Hawaii. Patterson was enjoying some fresh powder in the Sierras with friends earlier..Read More →
While skiers and snowboarders are waiting breathlessly for a new winter to arrive, those who get to feel it first are actually surfers in Hawaii, and if you ask them, they'll be the first to tell you winter arrived with a bang on Tuesday, as 50-foot swells generated from the first north Pacific storm of the season slammed the north shore of Maui. As the northern Pacific storm system comes alive each winter, powerful swells begin marching across its vast expanse. Within days those..Read More →
The world's premier big-wave surfers spend most of each year traveling to wherever the waves are largest--and the past 12 El Nio-supercharged months have featured a steady supply of some of the largest swells in recent history.Though most of these athletes are paid by corporate sponsors, they're driven strongly by the mere desire to experience the thrill of riding these monstrous swells.But deep down they're competitors, too, and they also try to outperform each..Read More →
Surfers Charge Huge Swells in Hawaii as Pacific Storm Unleashes its FuryRead More →
Right now the biggest storm since 1969 has turned the entire North Pacific into a cauldron of ferocious ocean swell. For the second day in a row, the Hawaiian Islands are being pummeled by enormous surf in the 20-to-50 foot range generated by the massive storm moving across the North Pacific. Surfers have been flocking to Hawaii over the past few days to be here as these swells make landfall. For a brave few, this swell is 40 years in the making, because most of our big-wave..Read More →
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