the jaws of a monster - 20th April 2004
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Holy crap, Pete ... that was a bomb! They were the
exact words used by Pete Cabrinha's tow-in driver,
Rush Randle, after the revered Hawaiian waterman dropped
into a 70-foot (21.5 metre) left-handed monster of
a wave at Jaws on January 10.
was right, almost. It was more than a bomb. It was
big enough to get Cabrinha into the Guinness Book
of Records for the largest wave ever ridden.
the day Australia's Joel Parkinson secured a sizeable
new sponsorship deal, Cabrinha's fearless effort was
given official status at the Billabong XXL Global
Big Wave Awards in California.
victory at last week's Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach
bore fruit when Billabong gave him a multi-million
dollar deal for the next five years.
was also swelling with pride as he collected a cheque
for $95,000 for his ride of a lifetime at Jaws, a
frightening break off the north shore of Maui.
was given a standing ovation by a crowd of 1500 people
at the Grove Theatre in Anaheim. The announcement
was especially well received because 42-year-old Cabrinha
has long been regarded as a pioneer of tow-in surfing,
windsurfing and kitesurfing.
was the first time this winter I surfed Jaws and it
was on a brand-new board, so I asked my partner Rush
to tow me into a little warm-up wave," said Cabrinha.
when we took the jet ski outside of the break this
set came in and we basically claimed it as ours.
people go right at Jaws, but on this day some of the
lefts looked bigger and cleaner so that's the way
board ended up working pretty well and when I kicked
out, Rush looked at me and went, 'Holy crap, Pete
... that was a bomb!'"
wave beat those ridden at Jaws by Brazilian Danilo
Couto and Hawaiian pair Archie Kalepa and Ian Walsh.
California's Greg Long was another finalist for a
wave he caught at the Cortes Bank, 140km off San Diego.
photographer Erik Aeder won $6500 for his "definitive
image" of Cabrinha in full flight.
previous record for the biggest wave belonged to Brazilian
Carlos Burle, whose 68 footer (20.8 metre) at Mavericks
won the XXL Award in 2002.
'Monster Tube of the Year' award and its $6500 bounty
went to Malik Joyeaux of French Polynesia for an amazing
barrell at Teahupo'o, Tahiti, last April.
first child is due next month and his financial future
is now secure.
have the backing of Billabong is awesome," he
been with them since I was 11. It's funny, really,
because now my life's about to change with the birth
of my baby with Monica and it's just great to know
that through those changes and in the long term I
will have the support of Billabong."
Sydney Morning Herald
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