The Bloodlines groms, the third of four groups to land at Billabong’s junior athlete development camp, hit the ground running on Oahu — but poor conditions and a meager swell forecast stopped them in their tracks. Being some of the campers’ maiden voyage to Hawaii, a diminutive north swell enabled the boys to at least get comfortable in their fresh surroundings and have ample warmup sessions prior to the appearance of a sizeable new north swell on the horizon.
On the third day, the kids were surprised with the arrival of camp mentor Shane Dorian. The first course of Shane-O’s North Shore curriculum: Sunset Beach. Managing the large, lumpy and shifty lineup of Sunset Point was their first test, in which each surfer intently watched Professor Dorian stroke into a few solid 8-footers from deep in the pack. Acquiring more and more comfort as the session progressed, each of the kids was able to nab a few solid rides from under the crowd — a very successful class for first day of school!
Drained from an adrenaline-driven day, the camp was abruptly stirred at 2 a.m. with the warning of a potential tsunami. The crew moved out to Wahiawa for the remainder of the night, eagerly waiting to hear the fate of the island. However, once the surges had struck the North Shore the following morning, it was back to school. Upon returning to the country, the crew was welcomed by a clean, 3-4 foot NNW swell reeling across Backdoor and OTW for the duration of the camp. With the tsunami-induced stress behind them, ready for recess, each of the kids happily waxed a step-up and charged the lineup. The campers had a heyday to say the least, as the late season’s empty lineups provided an epic playground and a fantastic ending to the trip… SHOOOOOTS! —Blake Pettit
Be sure to stay tuned to http://www.surfingmagazine.com/ for the Bloodlines full-length feature, coming soon.