EPK Collection brings you Outside! in collaboration with Surfline.
Outside! is an iconic print of Waimea Bay, Oahu by photographer Jeremiah Klein. At Waimea, the drop is everything. Since the day its curse was lifted, it has called out to the bravest of men. Make it to the bottom and iron-leg the turbulence, and you’re an instant legend.
Since well before modern surfers ventured to the North Shore in the ’30s, Waimea Bay was off-limits. The hill overlooking the Bay is an ancient heiau, a hallowed ground where Hawaiian chiefesses were brought to deliver their young. Adjacent to the hill, a sacred burial site occupied the Waimea Valley.
Massive Aleutian storms power through the Pacific to create open-ocean swells that approach 50 feet. With nothing to impede their progress, the swells meet the Hawaiian Islands with full force. The Bay, formed more than 5,000 years ago by freshwater outflow, opens to the northwest like a welcome mat. A lava shelf extends beyond the northern end, sloping gradually for a few hundred yards before falling into the abyss. The swells stand up and hurl across the reef, fizzle out toward the center of the Bay and reform before exploding from end to end just off the sand. Surfers would drive past these tempting beasts on the way to surf Sunset for years, but they didn’t dare stop.
During the late 50’s a new Waimea crew dedicated themselves to better fitness, better equipment and bigger surf. The goal during the early years was simple — survival. He who rode the biggest wave and lived was the best. One of them was always looking to outdo the other. In the ’60s, performance gained equal billing with size. As boards shrunk and became more refined, the success rate had increased dramatically. The ’80s were marked by a handful of events, competitive and otherwise, that would push the Bay into its zenith in popularity.
With this Limited Edition photographic print you can be a part of the Waimea Crew from the comfort of your home! Collect Outside! and the other iconic wave images from our Surfline collection.
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