Stab Magazine | Chips Wilson, a beak in the hand, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Chips Wilson, a beak in the hand, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

When this photo bounced onto my screen I immediately placed it as an excellent example of a pretty tired technique – shooting with a remote flash.  If it wasn’t for a mid-afternoon inertia where I began playing with the colours, upping the blues and stealing away the yellas, I may never have noticed the fingers […]

full frame // Mar 8, 2016
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When this photo bounced onto my screen I immediately placed it as an excellent example of a pretty tired technique – shooting with a remote flash. 

If it wasn’t for a mid-afternoon inertia where I began playing with the colours, upping the blues and stealing away the yellas, I may never have noticed the fingers cupping the beak of the surfboard.

A nose grab! Y’seen one before? I haven’t, though nose grabs and tail grabs sure give me the thrills.

This example was captured at a secret-ish lefthander an hour and a bit’s drive and a 30-minute boat ride away from the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.

“I was going for a lien but my tail was too high and I just grabbed the nose. It felt so weird when I was doing it,” says Chips.

“I’m really surprised no one tries to do those,” says Tom Carey. “Maybe the nose is just a little out of reach, but a tail grab would be so sick.”

“Tail grabs?” says Chips. “Lately, I’ve been trying indys but behind my back leg and they look kinda cool. You could do tail grabs, tuck up like a stalefish and maybe spin with it.”

Ain’t that a cover in the making!

Imagine, says Carey, if Mr Reynolds himself, the greatest living surfer in waves under five foot, nailed a tail-high tail grab.

“Wouldn’t that be the sickest thing ever?”

A rhetorical question requires no answer. – Derek Rielly

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