Monday Photos: Hurricane Iselle

posted by / Monday Photos / August 11, 2014

Wind be damned, Albee Layer is begging to do an alley-oop on this section.

Wind be damned, Albee Layer is begging to do an alley-oop on this section.

Feet, ink, rocks.

Feet, ink, rocks.

Albee Layer flirts with Hurricane Iselle.

Albee Layer flirts with Hurricane Iselle.

Koa Smith, Albee Layer and a waterfall. Just because.

Koa Smith, Albee Layer and a waterfall. Just because.

Sometimes, you drive for hours, turn the last corner, round the last bay and find… this.

Sometimes, you drive for hours, turn the last corner, round the last bay and find… this.

Koa Smith does a turn on a section hairier than Chuck Norris’ chest.

Koa Smith does a turn on a section hairier than Chuck Norris’ chest.

Your cards ain’t worth a dime unless you lay ‘em down.

Your cards ain’t worth a dime unless you lay ‘em down.

Koa Smith, backhand serve.

Koa Smith, backhand serve.

Albee Layer.

Albee Layer.

Koa Smith.

And Koa Smith puts his own little twist on it.

That landing doesn’t look so friendly there, Albee.

That landing doesn’t look so friendly there, Albee.

Because rainbows.

Because rainbows.

Matt Meola in his happy place.

Matt Meola in his happy place (a bush).

Maui is a trip.

Maui is a trip.

Matt Meola pitches into the wind.

Matt Meola pitches into the wind.

Albee Layer recently finished his movie, Attractive Distractions, and you can’t wait to see it.

Albee recently finished his movie, Attractive Distractions, and you can’t wait to see it.

Koa Smith, the storm before the storm.

Koa Smith, the storm before the storm.

Albee Layer and a backhanded remark.

Albee Layer and a backhanded remark.

Matt Meola, up above from up above.

Matt Meola, up above from up above.

And now it’s time to hunker down and weather the storm.

And now it’s time to hunker down and weather the storm.


All Photos: Brent Bielmann

You know how they say the rich only get richer? This is kind of similar. Hawaii is one of the wealthiest places in the world in terms of swell. In the winter, dark bastards of storms send thundering walls of water down from the land of the cold. In the summer, storms in the South Pacific mail care baskets of swell to the islands’ south shores with some regularity. And, the icing on the cake, they get hurricane swells — you know, the pride and joy of a swell-impoverished place like the East Coast. It’s almost unfair, like a rich man winning the lottery, except this particular lottery involved taking a beating from a tropical storm that was once a Category 4. Her name was Hurricane Iselle and here are some photos of Albee Layer, Koa Smith and Matt Meola enjoying her company before hunkering down. Oh, to be elite…

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  • YPO

    I guess Surfing couldn’t find any Hawaiians to hang or surf with, in the most Hawaiian of places.

  • bobby

    Ya gotta go with the best surfers…..hahzhah

  • Jared

    they are hawaiians you fukin idjit

  • cocoaine

    happa haoles are not hawaiians!

  • Jared

    Yeah you’re right they were only born an raised there. Fucking kook plz come to SD and get handeled

  • Ashers

    They’re for sure locals but not Hawaiian by blood

  • cocoaine

    They could have chosen the Moniz brothers or even Randall Paulson for fvck sake! BTW, Hawaiians were never “white” …

  • heatherbelle

    Hapa haole doesn’t refer to transports from the mainland. It means HALF. As in half Hawaiian blood, half haole. They are still Hawaiian. Just like if someone is black mixed they still refer to themselves as black. In my opinion it is beautiful to be mixed. Maybe we should get over the whole race thing anyway.