Yesterday, an Instagram photo of Mark Healey on the hugest Puerto bomb made its way through Blue Nowhere. The photo is mind-boggling. It’s a wave so big it challenges what is possible by paddle power alone. Just a day after the Big Wave Awards, Healey found himself right smack in the middle of one of the biggest days Puerto Escondido has seen in decades. And of course, Healey found himself right smack in the middle of one of the biggest waves of the day.
“Today was honestly twice as big as the biggest I’ve ever seen it here,” he told Stab, who has his phone number. “The energy and the water moving was just… so beyond anything I’ve ever seen here. Everything else pales in comparison.”
Puerto isn’t all massive waves (well, right now it is) and fun. The huge swell is causing a lot of carnage. The military is out in full force making sure that looters are kept in check, it’s a holiday weekend (and God knows Mexico loves a good party), the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight just blew up the world, and to top it all off, it’s a full moon. So basically, it’s a maelstrom of chaos. He didn’t make it out, but when it’s this big, this heavy, and this oh-so-terrifying, who gives a shit?