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o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Dec 17, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
“If there weren’t rocks to climb, we would all be surfers.” I think Evon Chounard said that but perhaps someone else said it first.

I feel that statement about sums it up but I will try to go just a bit further

Both climbing and surfing have social elements such as lingo and dress apparel.

They each capture a wide audience stimulating glamorous feelings of intense adventure taking on nature on its own terms.

They each have many facets and levels. There’s the pure (relatively safe) recreational side of each sport which can be practiced without hazard by an average person seeking a unique activity in nature. All the way to the to extreme, beyond extreme level.

To move beyond the recreational level, commitment to the sport is mandatory.

To excel requires physical and mental preparedness along with natural talent and a passion that usually directs one’s life.

Relationships suffer and often careers are compromised in order to advance to the next level.

In both climbing and surfing, achievement requires travel and more often than not actually pulling up roots and moving to a place where conditions are favorable and where there are other enthusiasts to share mutual passions and goals.

In both sports there is a contingent of talented athletes with huge and fragile egos that need to be constantly nurtured by their peers and through media recognition of their latest achievements.

On the other hand both climbing and surfing each have a quiet contingent that’s equally talented. They go their way with humility and avoiding conflict and crowds. ‘Soul Surfer’ comes to mind.

In reality climbing and surfing are completely unique unto themselves and total opposites.

Perhaps it's through their diversity, that they indeed, complement each other.
Painting by Karen Lang <br/>
"Rock-Er-Waves" <br/>
Climbers: Olaf Mitchell and...
Painting by Karen Lang
"Rock-Er-Waves"
Climbers: Olaf Mitchell and Peter Prandoni on Mississippi Half Step South Platte, Colorado
Surfer: Olaf Mitchell at Woody's west side of Maui, HI.
Photo: Olaf Mitchell
Credit: o-man

Studly

Trad climber
WA
Dec 17, 2013 - 11:08pm PT
Really well said Olaf.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Dec 18, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Phil Edwards ... http://files.legendarysurfers.com/surf/legends/lsc206_edwards.html
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Dec 19, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
Kelly Slater 20013 Pipe Masters contest <br/>
Photo Buzzy Kerbox
Kelly Slater 20013 Pipe Masters contest
Photo Buzzy Kerbox
Credit: o-man
http://vimeo.com/82140436
Sorry about the repeat image but it is a good one and it was taken by my friend.
We are supposed to have another giant swell event here on Maui. The wave models indicate the this one has enough west in it to wrap all the way to Kehei side. It might be a good day for a road trip. But if it's good here why leave waves to look for waves. Game On!
knucko

climber
Dec 19, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
http://www.surfingmagazine.com/video/twig-a-calculated-madness-1249/

o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Dec 21, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
Happy Solstice!
Photo: Ben Larry <br/>
Namotu, Fiji
Photo: Ben Larry
Namotu, Fiji
Credit: o-man
speelyei

Trad climber
Mohave County Arizona
Dec 21, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
It's all about acquiring a good vantage to see the world.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 24, 2013 - 02:54pm PT
Credit: drljefe

Credit: drljefe

Credit: drljefe

Happy holidays all you climber/surfers!

I'll be haunting my old lineups in just a few days as the ghost of Christmas past.
Hoping for some swell- surfing bigger waves is so much easier, and it's been a while for me.
If it's small, blown, crowded, whatever, I don't care...
Liquid therapy.
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Dec 24, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Photo from National Geographic of Kai Lenny at Jaws shot by Richard Ha...
Photo from National Geographic of Kai Lenny at Jaws shot by Richard Hallman
Credit: o-man
Richard Hallman
December 14 · Edited ·

Stand-up Paddleboarding Jaws, Hawaii
Photograph by Richard Hallman
Getting the Shot
“Things at Jaws happen so fast, I wasn't sure it was even Kai taking off on the wave until my Skidoo driver Nano pointed and said, ‘Kai Lenny,’ ” recalls surf photographer Richard Hallman. “I focused my attention on the wave because I knew he was riding stand-up and even though the wave was small for Jaws, it was big for stand-up. He had a spectacular air drop.”
Lenny dropped into the wave, and Hallman continued to photograph the 20-foot ride until Lenny fell. “I knew right away with the few last frames in my camera that it was a particularly bad fall. My biggest concern at this point was his safety.”
Rescue Jet Skis rushed to help when Lenny resurfaced, and Hallman noticed Lenny’s foot was bleeding. “I immediately took a photo with my 70-200mm zoom camera—the zoom allowed me to see the severity of the cut. My experience as a former trauma nurse told me that this was a particularly bad cut,” he says.
“Nothing about big waves is routine. I think that is the why big-waving surfing is such a draw for me," Hallman continues. "It is daunting and challenging as a surfer and as a photographer. It truly is otherworldly to be pressed against the edge of so much energy and to watch these modern-day gladiators drop down these mountains of water.”
Special Thanx to Nano and DK Walsh (Skullbase) for helping with water support and special Thanx to Kai Lenny (Heal up fast Bro
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 24, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
O Man, when I said surfing bigger waves was easier I sure didn't mean THAT much bigger!
Gnarly.


Mele Kalikimaka!
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Dec 24, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
via: Jack Fisher
via: Jack Fisher
Credit: o-man
pyro

Big Wall climber
Calabasas
Dec 25, 2013 - 01:02am PT
Zuma
Credit: pyro
up and close with this wave!
Credit: pyro
happy holiday's!

o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Dec 25, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
We wave sailed in my back yard till almost dark yesterday.
I must admit that I was a bit timid in that the larger sets were in the 25' range and they had up to five waves in the sets. I was always looking over my shoulder and kicking out early most of the time. Due to the nearly 20 second interval there was plenty of time between sets but ya just didn't want to screw up by taking one of the early bombs and get clobbered by the following monsters. There was some blood and broken gear but everyone made it back in. We then gathered at some friends house and had burgers and wine and talked story for a while. It was a great Christmas Eve 2013. It's supposed to be bigger today. Game On!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Mele Kalikimaka
Mele Kalikimaka
Credit: o-man
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 27, 2013 - 08:18pm PT
A little Munich surfing!

http://magicseaweed.com/news/the-eisbach-river-wave-in-winter/5936/

Happy holidays!
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Dec 27, 2013 - 09:36pm PT
Nice post O-man, and happy shredding to all. Kai Lenny is the son of old friend Martin Lenny. One of the nicest guys you will ever meet, and one heck of a surfer in his own right. If you ever need real estate in Maui, Martin is a man I would trust. I'm sure he knows all the best places.
Here's his link: http://www.mauirealestate.com/blog/2010/03/22/the-maui-real-estate-team-welcomes-martin-lenny/

Credit: Studly
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 28, 2013 - 04:31am PT

Garrett McNamara &#40;left&#41; and Mark Healey - Tahiti
Garrett McNamara (left) and Mark Healey - Tahiti
Credit: Gregory Boissy

God Jul!
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Dec 31, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
Mark Healey at "Jaws" 11-12-13 <br/>
Photo: Olaf Mitchell
Mark Healey at "Jaws" 11-12-13
Photo: Olaf Mitchell
Credit: o-man
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Jan 2, 2014 - 01:53pm PT
We have had no shortage of waves here on the north shore but we have also had a pesky onshore wind turning the ocean into a mixed up mess. I guess we are spoiled with all the great conditions that we have had so far this winter season.
Yeah Studly, Martin Lenny is a great guy. I see Martin, Kai,and Ridge quite often. They're a great family!
"Olaf's Dream Wave" <br/>
Original oil by Karen Lang
"Olaf's Dream Wave"
Original oil by Karen Lang
Credit: o-man
>North shores – A lower medium northwest swell arriving Thursday, sticking around through Friday morning. The surf will peak out Thursday in the 2-3+(Hawaiian) range. A larger northwest swell will arrive during the day Friday into Saturday. A new north swell will arrive Sunday…followed by another new NW swell by Monday into Tuesday. Back to back swells, as is classic during this height of the winter surf season…or at least the beginning.
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Jan 3, 2014 - 02:52pm PT
Eric Sterman has captured Pipeline like it has never been seen before.
Absolutely Brilliant!
Credit: o-man
http://surfbang.com/videos/2014/01/pipeline-like-youve-never-seen-it-before.html
o-man

Social climber
Paia,Maui,HI
Jan 4, 2014 - 03:23pm PT
Mavericks 2013 <br/>
©2013 Richard Hallman / FreelanceImaging.com — with G...
Mavericks 2013
©2013 Richard Hallman / FreelanceImaging.com — with Greg Long.
Credit: o-man
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