Photos: Moody Jaws

posted by / Photos / March 5, 2014

All Photos: Brent Bielmann

Da boys. Billy Kemper, Albee Layer, Hank Gaskell and Makana Eleogram.

Da boys. Billy Kemper, Albee Layer, Hank Gaskell and Makana Eleogram.

Billy Kemper, far out.

Man, that's far out. Billy Kemper.

Farewell, dry land.

Farewell, dry land.

Casual Sundays with Nic Vaughn.

Casual Sundays with Nic Vaughn.

Lest we forget, Jaws is a barrel. Kai Lenny.

Lest we forget, Jaws is a barrel. Kai Lenny.

Well that was a bad idea.

Well that was a bad idea.

An unknown solider deals with it.

An unknown solider deals with it.

Makua Rothman.

Makua Rothman.

Remember when Dan Ross was on the WCT? Probably not. But either way, this is what he does now.

Remember when Dan Ross was on the WCT? Probably not. But either way, this is what he does now.

Billy Kemper and some of the Pipeline Rising crew — Kiron Jabour, Eli Olsen and Koa Rothman.

Billy Kemper and some of the Pipeline Rising crew — Kiron Jabour, Eli Olson and Koa Rothman.

Hold your breath.

Hold your breath.

Yeah… nah. Damien Hobgood.

Yeah… nah. Damien Hobgood.

The good old shift change.

The good old shift change.

XXXXL.

XXXXL.

Dan Ross politely declines.

Dan Ross politely declines.

This jolly green giant ain't looking so uppity.

This jolly green giant ain't looking so uppity.

So, a boat capsized.

So, a boat capsized.

Would you stop breathing down my neck? Shane Dorian, annoyed.

Would you stop breathing down my neck? Shane Dorian, annoyed.

They say that beauty lies in imperfections, but they were definitely not talking about Jaws. The beast of Peahi broke last weekend and it was anything but perfect. Anything but beautiful. Cloudy skies, intermittent rain squalls and a wind that just couldn’t make up its mind created interesting conditions out at the bowl. She was in some mood. Brent Bielmann was there to capture the moments and after a quick text exchange with Jaws-addict Albee Layer, we gathered:

-The crowd — like a good mailman — was undeterred by any wind, rain, hail, sleet or snow. They “manhandled all day no worries.”
-A boat flipped over. That happened.
-Dege O’Connell “went on one of the biggest gnarliest waves I’ve probably seen this year and there was too much chop to hold a line. And the lip landed on him. Board nailed him and he thought his leg was gone cause it went completely numb then air bag [on the safety vest] popped on the second wave and he got washed all the way in. the safety skis were all helping the boat that flipped over but thankfully a guy from here named Juan eventually grabbed him. The funny part is everyone but dege was losing their minds. He was telling everyone to calm down haha.”
-Surgery was required on Dege’s knee.
-”but he’ll be back out there for sure.”

Full sequence of Dege’s dig:

Dege O'Connell XXL wipeout

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  • pegleg

    After talking about the mail man have to respect this.not put off by any conditions as the surfers and postmen of the uk arn’t.

  • Adam

    “Remember when Dan Ross was on the WCT? Probably not. But either way, this is what he does now.”

    How does a comment like that get published??? Dan Ross is a legend and was one of my favorite surfers to watch on the door. He was different and that was awesome. Even though the comment ended positive and the exposure is great I think it discredits a lot of Ross’s accomplishments and the impact he had on the CT (coaching, taking down top seeds himself, tearing the bag out of waves). Refer to other JAWS features if you need help thinking up a more appropriate comment.

  • EffUrCaption

    Thumbs up to Adam for his comment, middle finger to the caption writer. Dan Ross re-qualified for the CT after winning the QS. How many blue-collar guys do you know that have pulled that off? http://surf.transworld.net/1000091614/news/dan-ross-wins-2009-asp-world-qualifying-series/ It’s a helluva an accomplishment, especially for a power surfer in the age of airs. And now he’s charging some of the gnarliest waves on the planet and you have the nerve to belittle his accomplishment with some petty comment? You suck. Surfing Magazine, you should not employ these kinds of morons or at least not let them comment publicly.

  • will nor reply

    This falls into the catagory for non-commercial use. Getty images on file available to the world, until the next movie production set permits still photographs for use in a movie poster. The model is now allowed to take the photograph and with the right credential says, “how do you do” to tow-in-Laird and Co…s

  • Matt Kinoshita

    That wave that Dege O’Connell caught was one of the heaviest drops that I have ever seen at Jaws. Pure hero status for making it.