Mini Gallery: Yesterday At Waimea Bay With Kelly Slater, Emily Erickson And More
While the North Shore threw a foam party, there was only one spot to surf.
Yesterday, the North Shore was for spectators, mostly. The beaches were closed. Lifeguards diligently pushed the viewers back up the sand. Caution tape lined the entrances off the bike path. And, Waimea held the only surfers on the miraculous seven-mile stretch.
Pipe was breaking off the second reef and rolling into the inside in a mess of foam and death.
The beach park was doubling up, spitting its guts out, lips the size of mini-vans crashed with ground moving force.
People stood, stared and documented.
And a few, including Kelly Slater, Emily Erickson, Kelta O’Rourke, Kahea Hart and Ted Ballen (as pictured here) battled the 50 plus bobbing heads at the Bay.
Watching from the cliff, yesterday, there was a terrible power.
It was beautiful.
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Emily Erickson charges way harder than you.
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Ted Ballen slips into an emerald boot.
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