Watch: East Coast Young Gun Reveals The Return Of Kelly Slater’s Favorite (Childhood) Wave
Chauncey Robinson sucking the marrow out of Sebastian Inlet’s First Peak.
For forty years, the freak Florida wedge at Sebastian Inlet produced more world-class surfers than perhaps any other wave on the planet.
The list of Sebastian Inlet royalty—whether surfers, photographers, board builders, etc.—is long and illustrious: Kelly Slater, Lisa Anderson, Jeff Crawford, Mike Tabeling, Matt Kechele, the Lopez and Hobgood Brothers; Greg Loehr, Ricky Carrol, Rich Price, Bruce Ragan; Dick Meseroll, Larry Pope, Jimmy Wilson, Laserwolf, etc.
While the root cause has been up for debate, more than a decade ago the mutant wedge formed by the Army Corp’s jetty project in the late-60s disappeared. It is no coincidence that with the exception of Caroline Marks, the perpetual flow of Floridians onto the World Tour has been turned off.
Which is why the clip of Central Florida’s Chauncey Robinson has our US staffers in such a tizzy. From the looks of the messy little pits Chauncey’s been finding at Inlet, First Peak and the pinwheeling series of wedges that follow north from the jetty are back. Sure, it isn’t the miraculously groomed “Velzyland-meets-Kirra” right that someone like Kelly or Bill Hartley remembers, but it’s a damned exciting start.
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