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The Tal­ent Must Go

Tracks - - Marti Paradisis -

It’s one thing to find great surf but you need tal­ented surfers to make it pop off the page. Chippa Wil­son gets in­vited on a lot of trips be­cause he’s easy-go­ing and able to shred in just about any­thing the ocean throws up. If it’s small and on­shore he sim­ply surfs in the sky, un­leash­ing a bag of tech­ni­cal skate-in­flu­enced tricks. But he’s more than a 15-trick pony. On this trip he was re­quired to get tubed all day long in some hefty reef bar­rels. There was no pulling back. “Chippa had no wor­ries on the big day at Frigates,” re­calls Ord. “He says he can’t surf big­ger waves, but he was tak­ing off and pulling straight in – no prob­lems at all. I knew he was good at airs, but I bet he can charge any­thing – he’s that good.” Asher Wales was a lesser known com­mod­ity, but he stepped right up. “Asher was great to have on board. He surfs amaz­ing and he’s into his de­sign and pho­tog­ra­phy. Both Asher and Chippa were happy to help with any project we wanted to work on. The pho­tog­ra­phers could ask them any­thing and they were al­ways into it and happy to help.”

This Page: Chippa Wil­son with an­other mer­ci­less as­sault on the lip.

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