Hawaii Winter Surf Season Opens With Tragedy
November 15, 2013 7:52 AM Subscribe
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Two days ago, as Hawaii's North Shore saw it's first swell
of the winter season, Waimea Bay (one of the world's deadliest waves
) was already crowded by mid-morning. Experienced San Diego surfer and recent Hawaii transplant Kirk Passmore paddled away from the crowds to the outer reef of Alligator Rock
, soon after catching a relatively tame 20 footer, the final wave of his life
. Though the search continues, his body has yet to be found
3 weeks ago in Nazare, Portugal, Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle was towed in to what many are claiming to be the biggest wave ever surfed
. Or was it?
Carlos would also go on that day to save drowning surfer Maya Gabeira
, a very experienced, decorated big wave surfer, from a similar wave.
Big Wave pioneer Laird Hamilton
, had some very strong words about Maya
, which many are calling a macho dismissal of one of Big Wave surfing's only women