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The morning of the biggest swell produced 25'-35' face heights with a a little leftover bump on the surface from the winds the night before. (Writes Eric) With that in mind I decided to nab a few waves towing and wait for the wind to settle down before Keith and George starting paddling whilst I shot. Joining myself were locals, Keith Galbraith, George Desoto, Dan Hasselschwert, Ollie Richardson, Tim Henton, Mark Builder, Justin Howard, Andrea Lorenz, Kendog and Jason Garding. The playing field was wide open for paddle and tow-ins which is what we did every day whilst the swell pumped on the reefs, beachbreaks and slabs.© 2014 Eric Akiskalian
The goal for Keith Galbraith and George Desoto during this week was to paddle the reef as big as it got. Both are underground big-wave chargers that live here in the area and just live for big-waves. Keith is my tow partner and towed me into a giant wave on South Reef this past Nov, landing us an entry into the Big Wave category of this year's Billabong XXL. Sure enough the wind went calm and the paddle session was on for the duo whilst the solo tow team of Justin Howard and Andrea Lorenz both out of town local surfers stayed in the mix and shared waves throughout the session. This was our crew for the entire day on a large playing field -- we had it made.© 2014 Eric Akiskalian
Things are very mellow up here and we all work together to ensure a great and most importantly safe time while paddling and towing. It's all just friends sharing the same session.© 2014 Eric Akiskalian
Here's Eric's monster from November, now a Billabong XXL entry.© 2014 Richard Hallman
Keith is sponsored by: Oregon Surf Shop, O'Neill Wetsuits, Stay Covered, Mormaii Darkfin Glove, Jet Pilot and Towsurfer.com George is sponsored by: Ocean Pulse Surf Shop, Instant Replay Sports and Nelscott Cafe. Eric is sponsored by: Oregon Surf Shop, Mormaii, Stay Covered, Darkfin Glove, Futures Fins, DaKine, Jet Pilot, Lincoln City Inn and Sea Specs. Anyone else scored this swell? Send us the pics to firstname.lastname@example.org© 2014 Eric Akiskalian
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