Honolulu Ted's photo of Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay, Nov. 27, 1959. The surfers left to right. Max Lim, Ted Gugelyk (me), Jose Angel, Jack Webb, Peter Cole. ------------- We considered this day crowded. 12 guys out. Size between 15 and 25 feet. Storm surf. In \'59 - Waimea was not surfed that much. No leashes, no life guards, no jet skis, helicopters, and very few cameras. We depended on buddy system. If one of us got into trouble, others would help. All of us were excellent water men. We were a fraternity of big wave riding brothers. Each was a professional in work life, and riding big waves was our thing - our hobby. Of course, we loved it, the rush, with all our hearts. Slightly insane then, since we were on our own. No jet ski life guards as back up, no ESPN, just us and the sea and its giant waves. Ted Gugelyk email: kukui@lava.net web site: www.anoaipress.com

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Waimea Bay

Spot Location: Hawaii > Oahu > Waimea Bay

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zwaager Sep 21, 2008 Rating: 1

PARTY WAVE!!! much respect to these guys. thats what its all about man! havin fun with some buddies nd watchin each others backs! sweet shot!

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Phuket Possie Aug 23, 2008 Rating: -4

Think of this, without them, you would be sitting on you ass looking at CNN,and the horror of it all you would have a big beach ball sitting with you. Now because of them, your in shape, and lets hope a hottie at your side, Aloha Kai ( Love The Ocean)

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temp11057 Aug 21, 2008 Rating: 2

surprises me theres no gregg nole to be found. Respect though to all his companion big wave pioneers the reason everybody is out there in the water getting their own kind of rush

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Zachsurfs Aug 20, 2008 Rating: 5

this is the reason we all started this thing the world calls a "sport". this is where it all came from. big respect goes to those who have pushed themselves to this limit.

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XX Check This X Aug 20, 2008 Rating: -2

dude id love to see you try n lug out a 60 pound 12 footer n try n ride that

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powergraves Aug 17, 2008 Rating: 0

For feckks sake --stop sucking up!

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clickclick23 Aug 14, 2008 Rating: -2

I'll never understand how these guys paddled those boards out, turned and rode those waves. Riding Giants...only heroes can.

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Phuket Possie Aug 13, 2008 Rating: 2

To All No matter what Laird thinks of himself, the boys here were real watermen which I grew to love and learn from.Life in the islands was hard in the water and out of the water back then, the northshore as of today, and back then, is black and white, would love to see some of those boys carry a 60 pound board, no leash, and paddle out today

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XX Check This X Aug 10, 2008 Rating: -2

RESPECT that takes a pretty big pair to have nothing but your buddies to help you if you get into a little trouble on the north shore this makes me wanna charge a little harder this winter when the real waves get here

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Grandma Lips Aug 9, 2008 Rating: 20

i sure do like tacos

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Ironside Aug 9, 2008 Rating: 1

All good but thank god the drop-in rule was invented eh?

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Platinumfinz Aug 8, 2008 Rating: 10

Nice 1 Ted!

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westmonster Aug 8, 2008 Rating: 2

I hope this inspires others to put up historic pics. They really help put things in perspective. The extended description also helps take my mind off the work I'm supposed to be doing and put me in that place....

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Trevski66 Aug 8, 2008 Rating: -1

That has inspired me to grow a bigger pair and try surfing some serious waves this winter. As soon as the storms hit I am there. I bow to these dudes who surfed this wave with no backup other than their buddies. What an example to us all. Peace

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mg Aug 8, 2008 Rating: -3

Refreshing to see people sharing the water, showing the sea and each other a bit of respect!!

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Clive vdRiet Aug 8, 2008 Rating: 6

Yes the brotherhood of sharing a wave with respect for the other surfers and giving them space is something I'd really like to see happening again, of course when its possible and there's room like on the beaut in this great picture.

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Fishside Surfing Guatemala Aug 8, 2008 Rating: 18

Qué emotiva descripción, this is a really special picture & story. Thanks for the inspiration! Saludos from Guatemala, Central América.

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MantaWave Aug 8, 2008 Rating: 2

Thanks for the image and especially the description! Wish all the pictures had stories. ...even if they're not as good as this one.

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Rito Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 4

The first surfer from the right looks strange, unreal... Hulk was a surfer!

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Beads Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 2

No rockers, no leg ropes and boards that weighed 10 tonnes. I like their balls!

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Bill-bro baggins Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 0

Legendary ! thanks for posting that pic

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Stu101 Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 2

It's given me inspiration for my next surfin trip, if you guys can handle those crazy waves with little backup I'm sure I should 'suckup' & deal with a cornish 4ft. Cheers ;)

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Cow Abunga Aug 7, 2008 Rating: -2

Most of us will never experience riding waves like those, let alone being the first to push the boundaries. Kind of puts some of the modern day mush posturing in perspective. Thanks for sharing and giving us names and tales we can pass on to our children.

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teaweed Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 74

I see one goofy-footer :cool:

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powergrooves Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 0

Gush-I am am not worthy

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silversurfer80 Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 4


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Kiwi John Aug 7, 2008 Rating: -3

Matt Johnson I presume, DantheMan I salute you.

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dantheman123 Aug 7, 2008 Rating: -3

And so Big Wednesday was born, which one is Matt?

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Kiwi John Aug 7, 2008 Rating: -1

Awesome bit of history, pioneers... all of you, and those you surfed with not in frame (Was "THE BULL" one of those you called a friend???) Brilliant, thanks.

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Kiwi John Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 14

Awesome bit of history, pioneers... all of you, and those you surfed with not in frame (Was "THE BULL" one of those you called at friend???) Brilliant, thanks.

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bottsicus Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 3

Iron men, wooden boards.

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Jim MSW Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 15

real bit of history here!

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Pierre Bisson Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 1

Great image, great story.

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Dan Johnston Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 77

I lived in Hawaii in 68, surfed Sunset on good 10' days. was insane thinking back: big heavy boards that turned like waterloged trees, no leases - hard swim in and the rip was a killer, insane drops and lots of nasty critters to hit when you did something wrong. We were just dumb kids thinking we could handle that stuff. it was wonderful and frighting at the same time.

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Guy74 Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 8

Thanks Ted, I love the fact that you guys would get a buzz from sharing a wave. Surfing could do with a dose of that kinship these days.

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Seahog Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 14

Thanks Ted! I love it. You were all really brave guys. An Inspiration!

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Ogreeny Aug 7, 2008 Rating: 13

Nice. Just as it should be, ...pure!!!

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nelch Aug 5, 2008 Rating: 1

love the pic, love the story that goes with it!