Stab Magazine | A Morning Swim Through Off The Wall (On One Of The Few Worthwhile Days)

A Morning Swim Through Off The Wall (On One Of The Few Worthwhile Days)

That time conditions aligned, if only just for the morning, with Daniel Russo.

full frame // Dec 15, 2017
Words by Photos
Reading Time: 3 minutes

While there’s been no shortage of swell the last two weeks, weather and winds have made for trying conditions, not least of which for a fruitful photographic swim, several swells in the water at once, ferocious rips running every which way from VLand to Keiki, disorder all around.

During a rare break in the steady, often frustrating flow, ace lensman Daniel Russo—who’s been documenting the Vans team this busy Triple Crown Season—slipped on his flippahs and dove in for a drift between Pipe and Off The Wall, connecting with Torrey Meister, Nathan Florence, Kyuss King, Nathan Strom, Jett Schilling (scroll through, above), as well as a small treasure trove of empty and/or scenic North Shore rollers (scroll below).

“Every morning on the North Shore is good, no matter what,” Russo says. “You just need to pick your own adventure and it’s always a good time!

One of the little secrets about the North Shore is that it always keeps you guessing. Conditions might be perfect, but tide maybe a little high, direction maybe a touch too north. But this was a productive morning to test the equipment and get a few images from the water. 

Nathan Florence was bouncing around, from Insanities to Off The Wall, like usual. Kyuss and Jett were out looking for a corner. It’s been fun having some groms on the team, wanting to surf 2ft-15ft all winter. 

It hasn’t been the most water-friendly winter for photography, but no one’s complaining.”

As the surf world tends to revel is pessimism, it’s delightful to see a photographer with a half glass full of wine! 

Mike Feburary

Mikey February enjoying a calm between storms.


Daniel Russo


“It’s been fun having some groms on the team [like young Jett Schilling here], wanting to surf 2ft-15ft all winter,” says Russo.


Daniel Russo

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The North Shore spits, whether it’s chest high or double overhead.


Daniel Russo.

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No takers. No makers.


Daniel Russo.

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Palm trees and water spots like snowflakes.


Daniel Russo.

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If your name was Kyuss King, would you wear a crown? Have golden hair. Grow your locks? Surf a lot?


Daniel Russo.


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