First Peak by Surfer Films

March 6, 2017 • Videos

If you haven’t seen Surfer Magazine’s five-minute ode to the glory days of First Peak Sebastian Inlet, do yourself a favor and indulge now. For those of us who were there at any point in the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, or early 2000s, this description from Surfer Managing Editor Ashton Goggans, a Florida native who penned a fantastic piece on the break’s past, present, and future, really hits home:

“ON THOSE CROWDED BLUEBIRD DAYS AT FIRST PEAK—a clean, pulsing north swell in the water, a gentle west wind kissing the wedging peak’s pencil-thin lips—you could hear a sound—pop pop pop pop—as sets approached the viper-pit pack, pinballing through the jetty’s pilings. The East Coast’s best surfers knew it well, heard it in their dreams. Ask @kellyslater, he remembers. Or Jeff Crawford, if you can find him. Mike Tabeling probably heard it on his way out. For nearly 40 years, Sebastian Inlet groomed more champion surfers than perhaps any wave on the planet, responsible for eight Pipe Masters wins, 16 world titles, and countless major East Coast, national, and World Championship event wins, not to mention dozens and dozens of local, underground, world-class surfers filling in the gaps. Then, in the early 2000s, repairs and renovations to the jetty caused the wave to disappear almost overnight. In its absence, Florida hasn’t produced a single World Tour surfer, let alone a world-title threat. “I miss Sebastian, truly,” says Slater, First Peak’s prodigal son. “I’d do anything to bring it back to its glory.”

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