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Luke Hynd at The Bush Collected Thoughts 112: Timmy Ridenour talks about shooting Greenbush from the water

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Photo: Timmy Ridenour

I would like to tell you about me being scared. And the dangers of swimming 8- to 10-foot Green Bush at close proximity to the reef with a very large camera. I assure you it’s a scary place at any breakable size and I was scared. But in the split second this photo was taken all those types of thoughts were absent from my mind. It may have been the only time during this session that I wasn’t thinking, “Oh fuck, I’m gonna catch this one on the head a take a first hand reef tour all the way home.”

“The Bush” is very fickle, only showing her true self to a select few lucky individuals during the season. Out of these few blessed souls there are only a small handful of chargers with enough tiger taming skills to see it through her three ring circus of fire. It is not a lineup for the faint of heart, the slippers of rail or the whoa-nelly pull backers. For those who do go down and everyone does there lies a nautical nightmare of various reef objects to bounce and pinball through. During a stumble while spinning out of control one has to wonder what part of the flesh might become acquainted with what lies below. As the wave draws off the reef with increasing violence it sends all the ocean’s energy into the lip. Here it becomes questionable whether there will be enough water still on the reef to glide safely over. This is “the belly of the beast,” “Custer’s last stand,” “The Alamo” a place where dreams and nightmares are made, confidence — along with other body parts — is either built or graded off.

With all this in mind I would like you to note the calm collected body language of Mr. Luke Hynd in this photo. There seems to be no thoughts of the above mentioned nightmares. He has been dreaming of this return to Bush moment for many nights and seems to know exactly what to do.

So you were waiting for the reef rash stories, the near drownings, etc. Well I have those stories and pictures to go with them but from now on and forever we will try to avoid those sorts of unpleasant memories. Today we take a page from Mr. Hynd’s book on how to tackle the Green Bush or life for that matter. Make every wave, get “the shot,” kick out in the channel to a cold beer with a smile on our face. That should always be the plan.—Timmy Ridenour

Watch Luke Hynd in much solder climates in his latest vid “The Set Menu” here: 

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Editor’s Note: You know we’re up to something when a dude like Tom Lowe’s name starts coming up. The British surfer smiles in the face of horror, and he’s been on our radar and in our inbox. Here’s some scary info from Nate Lawrence about him. Stay tuned for what we’re up to.—Travis  This might…

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There was a fight on a surf podcast Collected Thoughts 134: Nate Lawrence on the near violence on Surf Splendor

It’s 5 a.m. and I’m sitting on the couch at WY’s Scott Chenoweth’s house in Long Beach — wide awake because I just heard a car getting broke into right outside. I can’t sleep so I end up in the vortex of my phone and find myself hitting a link to a podcast featuring Beach Grit’s…

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Jordy Smith, West Oz in trunks Collected Thoughts 133

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Garut Widiarta at Padang Padang Collected Thoughts 132: More Indo gold with Nate Lawrence

Garut Widiarta has been surfing out at Padang Padang since he was a little kid. And while he still looks like a little kid, his surfing does not. Recently it turned on for a few hours with only a handful of guys out and Garut was doing turns like these… 🤤 —Nate Lawrence

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Deserted Deserts Collected Thoughts 131: Nate Lawrence checks in from the road with Ian Crane and Evan Geiselman

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More of the Same Same Collected Thoughts 130: Year of the fucking drone.

“So here we are. 2017. Year of the fucking drone. We’re pretty far behind schedule, according to Marty McFly. But finally every single person in the world owns a drone. Yay! And now we get to look at even more of the same same. Same beach. Same angle. Different caption. (insert grammatical error here) The…

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Mitch Coleborn in Indonesia Collected Thoughts 129

“Surfing will always have those off-moments that make you pause and really appreciate the place we get to play.” —Nate Lawrence

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The Inside Section Collected Thoughts 128: Nate Lawrence is at it again

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A John John Florence Prediction Collected Thoughts 127: Nate Lawrence chimes in on the sporting side of things

“There’s been plenty to talk about with the WSL recently. Most of it about the horrible advertisements and even worse music coinciding with the WSL. But I got to thinking after watching the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs and how un-competitive it has been — it’s almost like the WSL. Kelly Slater was Michael…

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My Indo Dream Wave Collected Thoughts 126: Nate Lawrence and the wave that started his Indo Obsession

“For the better part of my teenage years I drooled at photos of this wave. I still do today” —Nate Lawrence Editor’s Note: Nate Lawrence was there to document this wave when it was new. Timmy Tuner and Brett Schwartz and Travis Potter would venture to the jungles of Indo, get dropped off and wait for…

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New Swell in Bali Collected Thoughts 125

“The swell is filing in and we found a nice right all to ourselves. Bali bagus.” —Nate Lawrence

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John John Florence, 14 for Five years Collected Thoughts 124

Looking at this photo, it seems like so long ago. John John was this young, long haired blonde kid who surfed Pipe. I remember seeing him paddling out in pretty big conditions and thinking that he was going to drown. But he didn’t. And then he caught one of those big waves. But that’s all…

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