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Another Frightening Day At Pe’ahi

All photos by Brent Bielmann

There are some waves that have reputations that are even scarier than the waves themselves. Todos Santos under 20 feet, for example, is surprisingly friendly. Teahupo’o under six feet is almost rippable. Jaws is not one of those waves. It’s even scarier in person. From the cliff descent to the rock jump to hyper-focused mountains folding over themselves, creating their own wind gusts. It is as frightening as it is beautiful, and the past couple of days provided these virgin eyes with excitement that exceeded every expectation. Dorian’s multiple barrels. Dege’s behemoth drop. Albee’s west bowl precision. Seth Moniz’ cherry-poppin’ session, complete with the biggest barrel of his life. And in the thick of it all, amidst every glory ride and injury (and there were many), was Brent Bielmann, who swam from shore and sat in the pit with his 50mm to capture all this for you, dear reader. Brent’s reputation may not be scary, but it’s strong as a 10’6″ stringer. -Taylor Paul