Conversations with some of the best big-wave surfers in the world — hosted by one of the best big-wave surfers in the world, Jamie Mitchell. New episodes will drop on Surfline each week.
If they made a Mt. Rushmore of influential Californian big-wave surfers, a couple names would probably come to mind off the bat. Peter Mel. Greg Long. Of course, four spots just isn’t fair, but the footprints of a lean, former pro surfer turned big-wave specialist from Laguna Beach nicknamed Snips loom large, indeed. From pivotal sessions at Todos Santos and Mav’s, to exploring and bagging world records at Cortes Bank, to barrels at Jaws…Snips has seen some things. In the newest episode of the Late Drop, Jamie Mitchell raps out with the man who deserves a face etched in stone.
Back in the ’70s, when a pro surfer would sign a contract for wax, two t-shirts and a surfboard (that was Buzzy’s first sponsorship with Local Motion), pros would do other bizarre feats. One of the original godfathers of big wave tow-surfing, Buzzy Kerbox, for example, took a zodiac out with Laird Hamilton and Darrick Doerner to outer reefs on Oahu…really, just to get away from the crowds. After a more lucrative contract modeling for Ralph Lauren, Buzzy got his kicks while in Europe paddling across the English Channel, as well as from Corsica to Italy, before returning to Hawaii where he and The Strapped Crew would change the face of big wave surfing at a little ‘ole spot called Pe‘ahi. In the newest episode of the Late Drop, Jamie Mitchell talks with Buzzy about simpler times, and what it might be like surfing Jaws before, well…anyone. Highlights: 0:00: Born in Indiana, raised in Kailua, Oahu at age 10, Competing against Michael Ho in the amateurs/pros, Inspired by Larry Bertleman, Got into the ‘74 Smirnoff Pro at Waimea Bay, Became a pro surfer by ’77, Sponsored by Local Motion, Got on the World Tour, Became a professional fashion model 15:43: Started modeling for Ralph Lauren/Polo, Bought his first zodiac boat to tow off modeling money, Started towing outer reefs to get away from the crowds, Began towing with Darrick Doerner and Laird Hamilton, Developed big-wave tow surfing with the zodiac, Pivotal session at Outside Laniakea 23:38: Transferring to Jet Skis to tow, Discovering Jaws, Going shorter and shorter with boards, Mishaps with the zodiac, Paddle surfers vs tow surfers, Analogy with snowmobiles, Word is out and Jaws gets chaotic 34:02: The safety aspect of Jet Skis, Trials and errors of early tow sessions, Using Brian Keaulana’s Rescue sled, Impact vests, Close-calls/Near death moments 46:56: The Strapped Crew era and keeping Jaws a “secret,” The film “Wake Up Call,” Good tow partners 52:52: Paddling the English Channel with Laird, Nearly getting hypothermia, Traveling Europe with Laird, Paddling from Corsica to Italy, Getting miles and nautical miles mixed up, paddling the Molokai Channel before it was a race 1:01:44: Buzzy’s photography, His new book, Buzzy’s take on modern big wave surfing today, The stars of Jaws in 2021
Maverick's Swell of the Decade
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.
peakin’ of Mav’s….Why not drop an episode of Jamie Mitchell (who recently charged the run of XXL swells to hit Maverick’s) with one of the OG water patrol and photographers to document Cali’s finest big wave arena? Enter: Frank Quirarte, a man whose byline you’ve probably seen on the best photos of Mav’s for the past 30-odd years. What many may not know of the man is his influence and loyalty to keeping the boys and girls safe out there -- year in and year out -- and much of that drive probably owed to his own military experience in his youth. Days before flying over to surf the subject of interest, Jamie Mitchell sat down with Frank in the newest episode of the Late Drop.
The thing about Kai Lenny, one of the greatest watermen the world has ever known, is that Kai is unapologetically…Kai. He’ll tell you that he wants catch the biggest wave ever surfed on the planet, and in the same breath, tell you that he’d like to surf Shipstern’s Bluff specifically so he could try a chop-hop down that infamous Shipstern’s step. No shame in Kai’s game. With a first name that literally means “ocean” in Hawaiian, and Waterman as his middle (it’s actually an old German family name), it’s like Kai was born to be great. Recently dropping his new series with Red Bull “Life of Kai,” which shows all the struggles and trips it takes to get to greatness, Jamie Mitchell sat down with the man in the newest episode of the Late Drop.
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In depth and raw
Love this podcast. Jaime does a great job asking all the right questions, talking about the history and allowing his guests to really do the talking by asking the right questions. My favorite was Tony Moniz saying he didn’t enlist in the army because he was puffing a fatty and that decision changed his whole life. That’s a classic story! Epic podcast keep it up!
Jamie Mitchell does a great job getting into the heads of some famous surfers and watermen. Really interesting to break down all the physical, mental, historical aspects of surfing big waves. A really fun listen
Best of best
Quality story telling and details from the best of the best in the big wave world. Great conversational style of interviewing that really brings the best out of the guests. Great show