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AM Surf Session with Kaipo on the North Shore PDF Print E-mail
By: Nate Burgoyne   
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
What a beautiful morning today was and what a pleasure it was to meet Kaipo in the water. About 2 weeks ago Kaipo saved a bodyboarder from a macking swell on the North Shore of Oahu. I remember pulling up to the beach park that morning to Alii Beach to see the horizon close out the channel and break all the way to the boat harbor buoys. As I stood there looking out, there was one guy in the water and he was on a stand up paddle surfboard. The regular crew arrived and looked and said, "it's big". When the Blue Tent Crew says it's big, it's more than an understatement. Before taking off to go surf where the swell was hitting at an indirect angle. I saw a group of 4 bodyboarders headed to the water. I remember thinking to myself, "I hope they'll be ok." I left and drove off to the next break down the road. As I was pulling off the main road, I saw the massive wave looming over the beach park. I had never seen a wave like that before. It was absolutely massive. I later found out that was the wave that snapped one of the bodyboarder's leashes leaving her stranded in the surf.

Kaipo caught a wave in and upon his arrival was told that there was a bodyboarder stuck out there. Kaipo, still wet, went straight back in the water with his stand up paddle surfboard to find her. Today he told me that the went out and fortunately the current took him straight to her. They both made it in alright. What an awesome thing to do. The lifeguards were't at the beach yet, so she would have been out there for a long time in extremely trecherous surf. Paddle Surf Hawaii was so impressed with the heroic act that they gave Kaipo his pick of a new board.

He was riding the new board today for the first time. It looks like a lot of fun. It's a 9'2" with a swallow tail and a pulled in, pointy nose. The outline is more rounds and full. It looks awesome. He was catching some nice waves today until his paddle broke. I was done with my session, so I lent him my paddle for the rest of the morning. He dropped it off at the PSH showroom for me to pick up later. It was a pleasure to meet you Kaipo and I look forward to sharing some more waves in the future.
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