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It’s safe to say that this El Nino winter has lived up to its expectations. Time and again, the North Shore has been belted by one massive swell after another. The infamous Outer Reefs have sprung to life, Waimea has churned out more than its fair share of monsters, and Maui’s Peahi has been bathed in more gorgeous surf than anyone can remember. In short: the hype was real. Nothing about this winter has disappointed. And judging from the swell that’s beginning to filter into the lineup today, January 27, on what will be a day of days, the best is yet to come.
Monday night was abuzz at Surfer, the Bar with an awesome Talk Story with Inertia, Rob Machado, and Kelly Slater celebrating their premiere of HI-5: Rob Machado & Surfing’s Greatest Heat. It was Inertia’s 5th anniversary, as well as the 20th anniversary of the most iconic high five in surf history.
In 1995, the world title came down to Rob and Kelly. The swell was perfect, setting up barrel after barrel. Rob was in the best position to take priority over Kelly, and with a potentially heat-saving wave coming up; surely he would go for it. This would have been Rob’s first world title, but instead he carved back and slapped Kelly a high five, foregoing his priority. This unthinkable act ended up giving Kelly the Pipe Masters win along with his third world title.