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I am just always entertained. There never seems to be challenge that he does not meet head on, and tackle with mastery as well as ingenuity. He's tough as nails, can pretty much do anything in the ocean, including live off it.
And he paddles until paddling absolutely cannot be done.
Take a look at this fantastic Surfline clip from the last Tavarua swell and look at the line Healy threads through the gullets of some of these beasts. Astonishing and complex.
Guy is ahead of his time. Surfer ran a nice article detailing his training and everything else. He's an absolute madman who prepares himself for the most intense situations the ocean can throw at him. It's calculated mayhem....Not to mention he is an absolutely fantastic surfer with balls of steel.
I've always viewed Healy as the next great waterman. Guy is simply incredible in what he can do in the water. Perhaps the guy to finally push Laird out of the limelight (somewhat) and take over.
He seems to work really hard too, pushing his surfing to new levels every winter, traveling a lot, doing his vblog thing and just basically getting things done. He's also fearless, which is fun to watch in the heavy stuff.
Quote: He blows away everyone else in that Tavarua clip. He just looks so nonchalant as he pulls in and rides the seam between foam-ball and wave-face. Incredible.
Perfect position on every wave, deep as can be without losing it. He has an ability to anticipate and float over the foam ball which is not an easy thing for sure. Kohls wave is just insane in that video
Quote: around 5'10 is average height for men, so, like 5'9 is pretty average too i guess
I see what you did there... yes, you are probably right. Most sports are seeing their athletes getting bigger and surfing is staying short. Just wondered if there is some advantage in being short when in life or death conditions.
I honestly think the physiological responses of some of these hellmen are either damaged or busted: their fight or flight responses aren't normal.
For these guys (& some gals) all they know is "fight" when the average person would be curled up in a ball in fright. Healey also seems to be an extreme adrenaline junkie needing to get his fix almost every day.
With that said, Healey's my favorite big wave rider because he brings such joy & childlike wonder to the whole pursuit. (Plus the mofo uses fluffy as a horse & playmate!)
-------------------- The hard part about babysitting is that they squirm & complain after 5 minutes of sitting on them.
I recall an interview with him when he was 19 or 20, and he basically said at some point around age 15 he realized he'd never have top-level small wave skills so he just started hucking himself over every Pipe ledge he could find.
Early on he had sort of a hellman rep because he wasn't making a lot of waves but all that experience has clearly paid off. That Puerto wave was more like ride of the decade.
Healey and the Long Brothers are hands down my favorite surfers. I have a ton of respect for Slater. And Marzo is probably my favorite performance surfer to watch. But if I see a link to anything Healey or Long I'm gonna check it out. Dorian is up there too.
-------------------- "[Rush] doesn't influence me either - merely reinforces what I already know" - 23rdstMB