Maverick’s Swell of the Decade Roundtable

27 Dec 2020 0 Share

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Call it a debriefing. They’re normally required by military soldiers or spies after a completed mission — and any big-wave surfer surely knows that some sessions can feel like a war zone. That swell of the decade a couple weeks ago at Maverick’s? Yeah, that deserved a debrief. So in this very special episode of the Late Drop, Jamie Mitchell patched in Peter Mel, Kai Lenny and Grant Twiggy Baker to get an in depth and very entertaining talk about what exactly went into that day. From forecast to flights, prep to warmup sesh, first wave jitters to “we could’ve been deepers.” Grab a beverage and join these four fascinating men. Pardon Twiggy’s formal attire, and around minute 16:35, notice Peter Mel’s face as Kai Lenny describes an unnamed guy that passed out all 20 of his coveted Taco Bell bean burritos. [Hint: it was Peter.]

Show Highlights

0:00: Pete on forecasting this legendary swell, Twig and Kai on their decisions to fly to Mav’s for the swell, Kai on not red-eyeing the flight there, Pete/Twig/Kai’s preparation processes for Maverick’s

18:25: Kai’s warmup process at a wave like Maverick’s, Everyone’s first thoughts when arriving, Luca Padua’s wave, Twiggy’s epic biggest wave he’d ever caught, The outside bowl

39:21: Pete on that critical “first wave,” Pete and surfing with his two sons out there, Pete’s session the following day

47:07: Kai’s best ride that day, Jamie thinking they could’ve sat deeper

55:20: Twiggy’s equipment choices that day, 10’0”s vs 9’4”s, Pete’s equipment choices, Kai’s equipment choices/windsurfing synergy

1:08:40: Young kids they saw that impressed them, Jamie’s take on the generational performance at Mav’s

1:17:19: Who got the best wave that day…

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