Opening Day // Jaws // 4:25

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The early bird gets the worm. And, in this case, the worm happens to be psychotic walls of moving water at Jaws. A contemporary flock of Shane Dorian, Ian Walsh, Mark Healey, Greg Long, Tyler Larronde and more arose before dawn to greet the first swell of the season. This edit by Elliot Leboe shines a light on their quest, even in its darkest moments. It shows nearly every surfer getting caught on the wrong side of a 20-footer, dusting themselves off and trying again. There’s something about Healey going backside that seems uniquely bold. And that drop by Ahanu Tson-Dru at 3:54? Profound. What a splendid start to a promising winter.