Old Faithful Thunders whilst Eddie Sleeps

Chris Hunt

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Updated 2543d ago

The Eddie didn't happen yesterday but as one door shut another swung open. Since the turn of the year, not a week has gone by without an XXL Jaws swell, so it was no surprise that old faithful stepped-up to the mark.

I'm alive and luckily no fractures in my neck or spine.

The early call and a slowly building swell left plenty of time for surfers to jump on an inter-island flight and score an impromptu Jaws session. Albee Layer anticipating the potential Oahu people leak, posted a warning to Instagram:

"Small, north and windy. In case anyone's on the fence about flying over. Actually being serious." Either way a handful of Eddie hopefuls did jump ship in the direction of Maui, including Shane Dorian who in typical fashion snagged probably the best tube of the day.

Shane Dorian claims another ridiculously big and ridiculously technically ridden Peahi tube.

Shane Dorian claims another ridiculously big and ridiculously technically ridden Peahi tube.

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While on first light the swell didn't prove enough to kick off The Eddie it was definitely on the way. Positioned some 100 miles to the east, NW swell generally arrives on Maui a couple of hours later than Oahu (period depending) and sure enough by mid-afternoon Peahi was pumping.

Tons of muscle and other damage but nothing that will stop me from a quick recovery. I feel like Jaws owes me one now.

Whilst it didn't end up as the deserted lineup he might have been hoping for, 18-year-old Seth Moniz took his first punt at Jaws. Under the nose of the fierce crowd he snagged one of the bombs of the day, blurring the boundaries of success and failure as he pearled his nose on exiting the tube.

Not a perfect Eddie swell: A bit distant and pushing west, plus peaking overnight.

Not a perfect Eddie swell: A bit distant and pushing west, plus peaking overnight.

Despite his prior warning, it wasn't small enough nor windy enough to keep Albee Layer on the sidelines. As we all know the ocean has a way of reminding even the best of us who's boss and Albee ended the day in a hospital bed.

"So I'm alive and luckily no fractures in my neck or spine," he wrote on Instagram to accompany a neck-brace selfie. "Tons of muscle and other damage but nothing that will stop me from a quick recovery. I feel like Jaws owes me one now. Really hope there's a redemption swell before the year ends." Here's to a speedy recovery for Peahi's favourite son.

Albee Layer takes a sizey drop before his session took a southward dive.

Albee Layer takes a sizey drop before his session took a southward dive.

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This was 18-year-old Seth Moniz's first session out at Jaws.

This was 18-year-old Seth Moniz's first session out at Jaws.

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 No Jaws gallery is complete without a token set scrambling snapshot.

No Jaws gallery is complete without a token set scrambling snapshot.

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Tyler Larronde

Tyler Larronde

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Billy Kemper

Billy Kemper

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Shane Dorian

Shane Dorian

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Shane Dorian

Shane Dorian

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Shane Dorian

Shane Dorian

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Albee Layer

Albee Layer

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Ian Walsh

Ian Walsh

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Russell Bierke

Russell Bierke

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Lucas Chumbo

Lucas Chumbo

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Shaun Lopez

Shaun Lopez

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Trevor Carlson

Trevor Carlson

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Tyler Larronde

Tyler Larronde

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Torrey Meister

Torrey Meister

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Chris Hunt

Writer and Content Manager at MSW