Friday, February 11, 2011
Winter doesn’t only mean snow, it means big surf. So why not mix the two? At least that’s the way skier/waterman/all-around badass Chuck Patterson’s brain works. And if you’re going to surf big, you might as well look for the biggest wave you can find. So here’s a pretty-friggin’-rad video about him skiing Jaws.
Jaws would figure for Patterson, who seems to have a larger-than-average affinity for sharks. For example, if you were out doing a bit of stand-up paddle board surfing and a couple of Great Whites circled you for half an hour what would you do? Now I love sharks but, still, I’d probably paddle in, be glad they weren’t hungry, and avoid that particular break until they found somewhere else to hang out. If you’re Patterson, however, you lament the fact that you didn’t have a video camera and paddle right back out the next day to see if they’re still around.
For your double-psyche-Friday viewing pleasure, here are two vids of Patterson, the definitive non-wuss. My friend Bob, who’s not one to throw out praise to humans indiscriminately, defined Patterson as thus, “those sharks are probably coming back everyday so they can tell their friends they had a Chuck Patterson sighting.”