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2009.04.24, precontest photos from Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (Z-hwa-teh-nay-oh)
Panorama of Ixtapa and Las Escolleras. Raul, with blue fins is talking to a photographer. (higher-res 6K x 1K)
Photos by YON unless noted as Tim Hankins (th) or Jerry Caldwell (jc)
The swell map is for Thursday night. The peak of the swell hit Wednesday night sometime. Easy swimming in front of the hotel Tuesday evening when I got in. Brandon, Raul and I went in early Wednesday at Las Escolleras. It was getting interesting, but, when we went in again before dinner it was HUGE! Raul says 3M easy. That getting to be 10 feet. Without pictures, it is hard to estimate. Certainly when you are looking up at a wave about to crash on you, it looks about twice as hight as it really is. When you are pulling out of a big wave and looking down, it seem to look about 3X its real size. When you do commit to riding a big wave and you are sliding down the face, there is a whole different feeling about size.
The gang at the registration party. (jc)
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