Sunday May 19, 2013
GoPro Big-Wave Addicts
Submitted by Eric Akiskalian Salem-News.com
(GIG HARBOR) - The Pacific Northwest crew had been watching this storm develop under Japan for about 10 days and it was really geared up to send some monster surf their way. Veteran big-wave riders and 2011 Billabong XXL Nominee Eric Akiskalian and his tow partner Keith Galbraith were thinking this was going to be the swell where they could once again ride waves in the 60'-65' range but as it turned out, it was a lot lot smaller.
They had arranged for 4 photographers on the cliff, two film guys and two photographers in the water on jet skies which included Fred Pompermayer and Tyler Roemer. Everyone including their support crew (Tyler, Casey, Ross and Ryan) were ready for the biggest swell to come their way since the 2010 swell that delivered 60'-70' wave heights.
"Basically we were in the water, launched and ready to go by 8:30 a.m. and surfed till 3:30 p.m. The swell was very inconsistent due to the long period behind it and there were long waits in-between sets. At about 2:00 p.m. the swell started to build and everyone had gone in except us and this is when we snagged the biggest waves of the swell for sure."- Eric Akiskalian
Featured riders include: Ollie Richardson, Dan Hasselschwert, Mark Builder, Tim Henton, Keith Galbraith and Eric Akiskalian
Special thanks to the production/photo/film/ crew Tyler Cunningham, Skye Anderson, Ross Rehberg, Ryan Hawkins, Mark Winnie, Bryn Forbes, Cody Cha, Tyler Roemer, Fred Pompermayer and Stefan Czarnecki.
Special thanks to the sponsors; GoPro, Xcel Wetsuits, Titus Will Ford, Oregon Surf Shop, Stay Covered, Spare Air, Jet Pilot Life Vests, Future Fins, Progressive Surfboards, Dakine Foot Straps, Wahoo Life Sled and High Surf Accessories
"Keep The Dream Alive!"-Eric Akiskalian
Watch Previous 2012/13 Season Episodes:
Episode 1 Season Kick Off! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCnEiGstYWc&list=UU3-DT0IXkG7l8VnOwaP1Sdw&......
Episode 2 Featuring Greg Long - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ_kW_wXfK4
Episode 3 New Year's Swell - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbIiZgehTMI
Sponsors and their Available Products:
Titus Will Ford
Oregon Surf Shop
Jet Pilot Life Vests
DaKine Foot Straps
Wahoo Life Sled
High Surf Accessories
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Big wave Surfer Eric Akiskalian of Camarillo, California, travels the world in search of the perfect wave; the biggest waves, in the world. Last October in Oregon, during the Nelscott Reef Tow-In Classic that is held each year in Oregon, Eric and his tow-in partner Keith Galbraith, were towsurfing giant waves at South Reef, and they caught one of the biggest waves ever ridden along Oregon’s coast. This ride, videotaped by Salem-News.com's Tim King, ultimately, was entered in the Ride of the Year Category for The 10th Annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.