Big Wave Legends And Gridiron Greats Mingle At The NFL Pro Bowl Welcoming Party

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Mark Healey breaks down the finer points of a tow-in board. Some of the dudes in the crowd were so big they'd need a pair of jet skis to whip them into a wave...


Big Wave Legends And Gridiron Greats Mingle At The NFL Pro Bowl Welcoming Party

Last night on the West Side of Oahu, selected invitees from the Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational hobnobbed with NFL Pro Bowl players at the Ihilani Hotel as the players and their families were welcomed to Hawaii for the annual gathering of the best NFL players. Quiksilver’s Reef McIntosh was cool enough to have me as his plus one (although he did refer to me as his date one too many times) and it’s safe to say that Reef and I fanned out on a few of our favorite players.

Scouring the crowd for guys from the San Diego Chargers, we rapped with their Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle about growing up as a surfer and invited him to the North Shore for the Volcom Pipe Pro. We also chatted up Clay Matthews from the Green Bay Packers who also did a bit of surfing while growing up in California.

Reef McIntosh Clay Matthews

All Pro linebacker Clay Matthews from the Green Bay Packers with recent Da Hui Backdoor Shootout winner Reef McIntosh. Photo: JC

Thanks to Kristen Gooding from Quiksilver for the sick pair of San Diego Charger trunks and best wishes to all the players as they enjoy the island of Oahu!