As the winter surf season comes to a conclusion and we bid our adieus to what was truly one of the greatest stretches of surf in history, we wanted to take a moment and highlight three of our favorite moments from the 2015-16 El Nino-fueled North Shore winter.
The Eddie Goes
For one day, the eyes of the world were cast on Waimea Bay as The Eddie ran under historic conditions. At the end of the day, the North Shore’s favorite son, John John Florence, would find himself on the podium and into the annals of surf lore. It was truly a day of days.
Perfection at Pipe
When the conditions weren’t maxed out and straining the buoys this winter, the North Shore bore witness to some decidedly perfect but less than lethal conditions for the Volcom Pipe Pro, all of which suited 11-time world champ Kelly Slater who came away with yet another event win.
Into the Fray at Jaws
No other wave has helped redefine big-wave paddle surfing quite like Jaws. Amid a lineup that was once considered only towable, a committed lot of big-wave surfers began pushing the paddle-in envelope a few years back, quickly redefining what’s possible with every session surfed. Fast forward to this winter and the fruits of their heroics came to fruition amid the Peahi Challenge.