Crest Fallen

Rob Gilley

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

Wipeouts are interesting: They can be funny - really funny...until they aren't. Watching your buddy get mummy tossed into the flats is usually hilarious, but once the waves reach a certain size--a certain level of consequence--laughter is replaced by guttural noises. By empathy. By concern.

So while you might find humor in some of the situations below, remember that's a fellow human taking the beating of a lifetime. Have a heart.

Brian Toth searches for a Waimea Shorebreak experience in the Caribbean.

Shawn Rhodes reasons that if you're going to skim down the face at Maverick's, you might as well drag a hand for style.

An unidentified diver lays out a high-difficulty-factor-Louganis-back-gainer for the crowd at Backdoor.

The only thing worse than going over the falls at Black's is doing it during a contest.

Have sympathy for the poor soul who had to provide visual evidence of the nightmarish near-shore rock situation at J-bay.

Let's just say that Danilo Couto didn't earn his Billabong XXL award overnight.