Posts Tagged ‘#Mavericks’

April 25th, 2012 | By | 2,556 Comments

Surfing Magazine: Surf and Swimsuit Preview -June 2012 Issue

With today’s 24-hour action sports news cycle, note worthy swells and sessions literally come and go with the tide. That’s why we love the video trailers for Surfing’s monthly issues. These behind the scenes looks at the upcoming issue gets us re-psyched on Dorian’s recent Mavericks monsters, a potential Kolohe vs. John John rivalry and the highly anticipated sophomore campaign of Julian Wilson.

As an annual bonus, the June issue includes the Swimsuit edition, featuring the hottest models and swimsuits seen at SWELL. Enjoy your sneak peak into the making of Surfing’s latest patch of eye candy.

Pipe’s prodigal son, John John Florence has dominated covers and contest for the past 16 months. Thankfully SWELL is stocked with the tools behind his trick to landing yet another cover. Get his boardshorts, deckpad and fins at SWELL, and surprise yourself with little gear changes that make big differences is your surfing.

Our friends at Surfing Magazine had no complaints about shooting the 2012 Swimsuit edition on the North Shore of Oahu this winter. Sydney and Natazha put on a clinic for strutting the beach like a goddess in the hottest bikinis on the market. This year’s cover shot featured the Tyler Rose OHWAHANIGHT cut, and other flattering looks from Mikoh and Bubululu available at SWELL

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February 3rd, 2011 | By | 405 Comments

Interview: First Responder From The Rescue At Mavs

Alex Botelho is the team rider for Volcom Europe who secured the unconscious Jacob Trette on the back of the jet ski at Mavericks. He traveled from his home in Portugal to California to get a taste of the XXL winter swells, and soon became a respected Mavericks charger.

Knowing that Trette made a full recovery, he agreed to give the gnarly details of the rescue.
SWELL: How would you describe the conditions leading up to the set that cleaned up the pack so violently?

Alex: The conditions that morning looked a little smaller than expected, there was a huge storm covering almost the hole north Pacific and we were expecting a big swell. It was inconsistent and most of the set waves were not bigger than 15 feet, most waves were in the 12 foot range. But it still was a very strong swell with big intervals so it should have been kept in mind that the occasional big set could come through, and thats what happened.

SWELL: How many waves were in that set. It looked like you were in the worst spot and how did you endure such beatings?

Alex: That set had a first smaller one, and then the two bigger ones behind it. I was in the worst spot because i did the mistake of paddling to the first smaller wave of that set without knowing what was behind it. The moment i saw that wave i knew i was going to take that beating on the head, so i thought to my self, this is going to happen and you have no escape so do it right, and after that it all pretty much went instinctively. I guess staying calm is what gets you through a beating

SWELL: Your actions are being described as heroic. Tell us how you located and carried Jacob Trette’s body to safety.

Alex: After those sets my leash was broken and i had no board, Russell Ord picked me up on the ski and took me into the lagoon, we found some boards floating around, and i jumped in to get them. Then a man on a kayak in the lagoon called for attention and thats when we saw Jacob floating in the water. The kayaker spotted him, then Russell pulled him on the sled of the ski, and i got on the back to hold Jacob in place on the sled. I think we all did what we could in our positions, i happened to be there on the spot to help.

Alex(left) signalling for help

Alex(left) signalling for help

3. Do you think the PWC ban should be uplifted for lifesaving purposes?

Alex: Yes, i definitely think the PWC ban should be uplifted. I can understand some reasons why they have banned it, and that as a surfer paddling out there you must understand the risks that you are putting yourself through without having to count on a ski to help. But there are skis out there allot of the times, and in any situation if help is possible, then it should be done, not imposed because of a law, and that is what Russell did, who knows how long it would have taken to find Jacob another way.

SWELL: What other lifesaving actions on led to Jacob Trette’s surprising survival and progress?

Alex: The fact that the ski was there to pick him up so quickly was the key. On the sled i held him down firmly with my elbows holding his shoulders in place and both of my hands holding his neck straight and firm, in case of neck injury. As soon as we got him to the beach we took his wetsuit off and checked for any cuts, since it was probable that he went through the rocks while he was unconscious. While others on the shore helped us, we put him in a slight angle and in safety position to help get the water out of his stomach and lungs. We kept on assisting him until the arrival of the paramedics

SWELL: I heard You paddled Out at Mavs the very next day. That must have shocked people. Are you hooked on that wave or just crazy?

Alex: I paddled out the next day, which was a smaller day, because i didn’t want to leave that spot with the last experience being that way, and i wanted to feel comfortable again, because maybe the next session would only be in almost a year from now, i did not want to have that in my head for that long.

SWELL: Is there anything else about that day that was especially eerie or interesting?

Alex: The whole experience was a little eerie, to be picking up someone in that state and seeing so close what a wave there can do to you after i was just surfing there was a little shocking. But at the same time it was a big eye opener, and it made me realize some very important aspects about the wave, and it brought a new perspective to me of the way Mavericks should be approached. But most of all i am very happy that Jacob has made a good recovery so far, and i intend the most respect with everything i said here towards Jacob and his family.

Alex Botelho on a Bomb

August 4th, 2010 | By | 2,804 Comments

Have you really ever been over the falls?

So you think that one wave during your last session where you went over the falls was pretty bad right? what was it, maybe 6 feet out there? maybe..? Most normal people can hardly fathom the feelings the big wave guys have when they get tossed at Jaws or Mav’s right?
Now, just put your self behind Professional Kayaker Tyler Brandts’ paddle for a minute and imagine falling an amazing 186 feet into a rock filled hole filled with churning water pouring onto you hundreds of gallons per minute… oh and he broke a record in the process!
WHAT WAS THIS GUY THINKING!?! a situation surfers try to avoid at all costs is something that makes this thrill seekers day!
(skip to 1:30 for the money shot and hold your breathe)