SWEET SHOT! Jeff Clark drops in through a wall of wetsuits at Mav’s

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Jeff Clark threads the needle at Mavericks during our most recent swell. Pic by Ian Boyd
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Last weekend’s swell that hit the west coast and lit up Maverick’s kept us awash in photos.  This pic from Ian Boyd, captures the legendary Jeff Clark threading the needle as he drops in through a crowd of surfers in a spot he once called his own.

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The king drops in at Maverick’s during the recent swell this past Saturday. Photo by: Ian Boyd

“…that is the most crowded that I have ever surfed it.”
– Jeff Clark

It was an exciting day for a lot of folks, even surf photographer Ian Boyd of Reel Fresh, Inc who’d never had a chance to shoot Mav’s going off before.  Last Saturday’s swell hitting the west coast had both size and power.  It mobilized surfers, boat captains, photographers and onlookers to head for the once-little-known-spot that could hold a wave of that force – Maverick’s.  Here’s what Ian had to say about the pix he shot that day.

“So last friday I had the chance to see Mavs break up-close and personal from the deck of Captain Chris Chang’s boat.  A little backstory: I only captured Mr. Clark catching a couple waves before the wind came up and we bailed.

Apparently, he broke a board in half (I saw the fiberglass carnage in the parking lot on the way to the boat) earlier in the morning and then paddled back out on a new one.

He was the only one in the lineup on a sup in a sea of lay down surfers.  It was a pretty awesome day.”    -Ian Boyd

Maverick’s local legend, surfer/paddler Jeff Clark was out on a standup that day in a spot he once owned by himself.  This last swell, so well forecasted and predicted, came with a lot of notice and therefore a LOT of people.  For a guy who used to surf the place by himself for the better part of a decade, Clark has seen the crowds come in … and then take over.  This pic says it all.

Here’s Jeff Clark’s comments on the day:

I usually pick and choose the days that I paddle Mavericks but I just headed out there because it was so good. But I have to say that is the most crowded that I have ever surfed it.

The most crowded he’s EVER surfed it?!  Coming from the king, that’s QUITE a comment.

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Evelyn O’Doherty
Evelyn O'Doherty, owner & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0, worked her way up the ranks in the world of stand up paddling. A former surfer gone rogue, Evelyn stepped onto a SUP for the first time in 2009 when a plaguing neck injury kept her out of the water from surfing. Discovering the core benefits and expanded perspective on the water that stand up paddling brings, Ev immediately was hooked. She became a strong SUP racer in the North East and a year-round SUP surfer, gathering multiple top brand sponsorships including becoming a team rider for Starboard SUP and a national ambassador for Kialoa, as well as celebrating all aspects of the sport with additional brand ambassadorships including lululemon athletica, Clif Bar, Cobian, Kaenon & Indo Board. Her love of watersports and commitment to advocacy in preserving our marine environments led to a short film made with The Nature Conservancy as part of their Clean Water initiatives on Long Island, NY, called "A New Perspective". Evelyn just keeps paddling. Today, she's stepped up to take over the helm at Standup Journal after having worked for the magazine for 2 years as senior online editor. Her dedication and belief in the power of print to immerse readers in the watersports they love even if they don't have access to the water in a daily existence plus a powerful desire to spotlight the amazing people doing rad sh*t on the water is what drives her vision for Standup Journal 2.0. Evelyn welcomes the conversation about how to make the magazine benefit as many people as possible and encourages feedback, letters to the editor and communication at editor@standupjournal.com . Now, as owner/publisher for Standup Journal., Evelyn continues to live in East Hampton NY where she has daily access to the water. When the swell is working, you can find her in Montauk rattling around in her Ford Ranger surfboards hanging out the back headed for points East.