In 2011, he witnessed an attack that killed his colleagues, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, in Libya. The trauma of their deaths, having just followed his mother’s passing, further connected him to surfing.
It'd be cold, but the wind would bring waves so we decided to make the drive from Rochester to Toronto, ignoring ice, rain, and power outage warnings.
It's a place that's not just about historical ruins. It's about getting to experience the people, their waves, and their delicious food.
Oh, and how about the umpteen winter storms that plowed through the U.S., puking snow and waves on anybody that was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time for some late-winter gems?
The Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach is officially underway, and the forecast looks somewhat promising.
"I just hope we can share waves peacefully and the Mentawais don't become the next Bali."