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Mirage or majesty? They had to find out. Photo: Scotty Hammonds
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More Photos From The Factory

The swell came up. But it came up with wind and rain. A lot of it. A look at the ocean the last few days would’ve sent 99.9% of the world’s surfing population back to their respective dwellings, back to warmth and dryness and comment sections and anonymity — there surely would’ve been some frustration to get rid of. But the 2016 Factory crew of Balaram Stack, Yadin Nicol, Matt Banting and Noa Deane are the .1%. They are the elite. They don’t fear rain — gonna get wet anyway, right? — and wind this strong can be good as glue (just ask Maui). So they surfed and they hucked airs and they ate shit and they made some. Then they did it again. And again. And again. And now here’s a photo gallery.