Behind The Cover: Clay Marzo

Clay Marzo in Peru as seen on the cover of the new issue of TransWorld SURF. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Clay Marzo in Peru as seen on the cover of the new issue of TransWorld SURF. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Behind The Cover: Clay Marzo’s Peruvian Nosepick

In late January, a monster swell reared up in the North Pacific that had Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau invitees waxing up their rhino chasers and gathering in the pre-dawn hours at Waimea Bay waiting for the call. At the same time over on Maui, a thought bubble popped into Clay Marzo’s head that read something to the effect of, ‘Eddie Swell equals perfect lefts in northern Peru—call Cristobal!’

After contacting Titi De Col (one of the most respected surfers in Peru and father to Quiksilver team rider Cristobal De Col) the trip was green lighted and tickets were hastily purchased. After a week of surfing from sunrise to sunset, the crew was exhausted and satisfied with what we had as far as photos—we’d nailed it by then. On our last day, we were all lounging around the De Col compound watching these fun looking waves come in right out in front but in no rush to paddle out. At 11am it started to get pretty hot so the most logical thing to do was go mess around out front.

Clay was complaining about his board and not too happy with the way he was surfing and just about ready to call it a trip when a few bigger sets started rolling through. Somewhere in his brain, a switch was flipped. With fins flying all over the place and hoots coming from every angle, “Gnarzo” went into an absolute frenzy of ripping.

I was sitting next to Strider Wasilewski in the channel when Clay did this nose pick—we looked at each other and just started laughing—totally blown away by him yet again. TWS’ senior photographer Seth Stafford is never one to get too excited, and this was the first time he’d broke out the pole cam, but you could see in his face as he looked at the images on his computer afterward that he had something special.

A big thanks goes out to the De Col’s for their hospitality and the local surfers for sharing their waves with us—we couldn’t have done it without you!—Justin Coté

In this issue (Volume 13 #5) of TransWorld SURF:


Chasing Eddie
Clay Marzo and friends head to Peru hot on the trail of the same swell that sent massive waves to the Hawaiian Islands. They caught the swell and discovered a land of perfect sand-bottom lefts, empty lineups, and ripping locals.

Four Quick And Easy Rip Trips
Wanna score sick waves without going feral? Feeling the need to go get barreled but don’t have the time or money to spend a month on the search for perfection? Check out these four quick and easy surf trip destinations. You’ll be off the plane and in the tube in no time flat!

Back To Baja
Northern Baja was once the go-to region for California surfers who wanted a break from the crowds and a taste of a different culture. With drug violence, uncertainty with the political climate, and general feeling of fear, most surfers have stopped going. But with a new government, a military crackdown, and a positive outlook on the future of Mexico, that all could be changing. Come with us as we go back to Baja.

A Dingo’s Tale
Dean Morrison is one of the most tubed humans on Earth. But his life hasn’t been all surf trips and barrel rides. He’s been through a lot, and now his life is an open book. Here’s a look at what it’s like to be Dingo and all the shit he’s gone through to get into the tube and hopefully stay there.


Editor’s Note: Go ahead, jump off the boat.

Letters: Jetlag and coffee on the lap…enjoy.

True Stories: Yep, it’s another shark attack, read at your own risk.

Currents: Natural disasters, artificial waves, humanitarian action—it’s all here.

Mess And Noise: Montezuma’s revenge strikes, get a towel.

How To: Stick late drops with Ry Craike.

Ask The Expert: Yeah, more shark banter.

Quivers: Nate Yeomans’ rip sticks.

Check Out: Kona kine Keala Naihe.

Departure: Cool-ass surf travelers.

Last Words: Julian Wilson, so hot right now.