Flushed Away

Rob Gilley

Previously in denial about his photographic past, Rob Gilley now rummages through his trove of mediocrity.

As oxygen-breathing, skin-encased, finless creatures, our experiences in the water are, by nature, otherworldly—and some of these experiences can be a little more otherworldly than others…

On July 7th, 2001, Otto Flores pulled in at Teahupoo, but soon discovered…

…that the first few sets of a long period groundswell can behave differently…

…and that these long period forerunners can run up a reef faster, be ledgier, and generally have extra oomph…

…and that even a well-crafted, textbook pull-in can end with a foam ball mow-down…

…which can subsequently send you whirlpooling around the bowl like a turd in a crapper…

…and then plunge you to the bottom to complete the analogy.