CesereBrothers
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Maui Avalanche

We had to hang out the side of a helicopter to capture this image during one of the biggest swells that Hawaii has seen in the last 10 years. The giant swell wa...
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We had to hang out the side of a helicopter to capture this image during one of the biggest swells that Hawaii has seen in the last 10 years. The giant swell was nicknamed "The Brock Swell" and it brought waves over 60 feet tall to a world famous Maui spot called Jaws, or Peahi in Hawaiian. We have a friend who happens to be an amazing helicopter pilot and hockey goalie who took us out during this massive swell to capture some images. As it goes with hockey goalies, he is a bit daring and a touch crazy which is exactly what it takes to get close to a wave like this in a helicopter. After encouraging him to get closer and closer, we found ourselves literally getting wet from being so close. Thankfully we were strapped to the helicopter because there were no doors and we were standing outside on the skis as we dipped down low in between waves and then quickly bounced up and over the huge waves. Niccolo Porcello is the amazing surfer looking like he's being chased by an enormous avalanche. Niccolo was so excited about this shot that he gave us the surfboard that he was riding in the shot, it now hangs above the image in our Paia Gallery. The power and force of this image are undeniable, "Maui Avalanche"
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8 Comments | Report
timlucas
 
timlucas January 26, 2017
great image, scarey for the surfer!
CesereBrothers
CesereBrothers February 04, 2017
Mahalo Nui
stephenbraunginn Platinum
 
stephenbraunginn February 04, 2017
Up, up and away! Wow!
CesereBrothers
CesereBrothers February 04, 2017
He made it....that time
garymintz PRO
 
garymintz February 04, 2017
Scary angle. Great shot
CesereBrothers
CesereBrothers February 04, 2017
Thanks
FlatMat
 
FlatMat March 13, 2017
Amazing! I can feel the adrenaline
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb August 29, 2017
all-time favorite,absolutely amazing shot
horselady4tn
 
horselady4tn September 29, 2017
Wonderful image! I don't think I would want to be the surfer though.
davidlipsy
 
davidlipsy October 13, 2017
The description of your helicopter excursion is just as cool as the powerful wave you photographed.
So very cool he gave you the surfboard to hang.
Just amazing!!
DianeJuneW
 
DianeJuneW October 16, 2017
Epic!
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