Raw footage shows Carnage on a jet ski and Nic Lamb riding Pe’ahi entirely alone

While the rest of the crew was away when an early season swell hit Maui recently, Pe’ahi still had his moments. The morning started slow, then everything went from zero to 100 in what felt like an instant.

A ski pilot showed up and tried to outrun a wave. He did not do it. It devoured him. I was amazed that the ski didn’t tip over in all the carnage and actually started up again. Sometime after that, two guys rowed and watched for a while before each catching at least one wave inside.

And then Nic Lamb paddled solo and headed straight for the top. When a big set came around, one of the other surfers got caught inside and broke his board. He ended up with one hell of a time getting stuck in the tear and trying to swim to shore. His buddy shared his board and eventually the two were able to fight their way inboard enough to be pushed back to shore. While all of this was going on, Nic was left in the back with Pe’ahi all to himself.

“This could be the first time in 15 years or more that someone’s been surfing it alone without security,” said videographer Marcus Rodrigues. “It was like stepping back in time watching those giant waves crashing with no one around.”

Editor’s note: You can find out more about photographer Aaron Lynton and videographer Marcus Rodrigues on Instagram.

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