Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a handful of big wave surfers take SUP-squatch out into the surf (a 6-person paddleboard) as a part of the Big Wave Safety Sessions held at the famed Turtle Bay Resort. SUP-squatch This group of experienced big wave athletes spent some time last winter on Oahu’s North Shore refreshing their safety and rescue skills, breath-holding techniques, CPR training, and also to analyze critical events that have taken place during big wave riding sessions over the past 12 months.
The Surf Channel caught them just as they dropped into a set wave on their giant 6-person paddleboard in decent size surf last November, and watched the wreckage unfold as the Squash got a beating on the reef.
Photos sequence by The Surf Channel | Hale Metzger:
Photos sequence by The Surf Channel | Hale Metzger
This year, the big wave safety sessions return to Turtle Bay Resort on November 19 & 20 and will be hosted by Brian Keaulana, Kohl Christensen and Danilo Couto. The 2nd Annual Big Wave Safety Sessions will allow the public to have the opportunity for interaction and ocean safety education. The two-day course in memory of Sion Milosky, will also feature a full lineup of live music concerts, films, parties and benefits going on during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Among them: Discover North Shore; the Rell Sunn Aloha Jam; Makua Rothman in concert; Surfrider Foundation John Kelly Awards; and a Bluegrass Jamboree.