Oh yes! Hurricane Larry blew a little kiss to the Caribbean last week, before careening into the night and up towards the US' east coast. Hopefully, ol' Lazza will end up boomeranging towards Europe next week – where the Old Continent might finally break free from weeks of wave drought.
But before that, let's join twin bros Thomas and Noé Ledee, French Caribbean born, 18-years-old, who went on the mission to track Larry-swell across the volcanic isle of St Barts, one of the more easterly islands of the Caribbean, FYI, and their family home for more then three centuries. Yes. Really. The Ledee family actually settled in Saint Barth in 1704.
“The QS Anglet was cancelled because of the lack of waves, so we were free. And forecast looked very average for the upcoming event, the Coupe de France so we decided to go jump on the first plane to score Larry's swell,” said Thomas.
A few negative PCR tests later and the twins, Noé a goofy footer and Thomas, regular, were on the ground by Sunday.
“Larry was quick and intense,” said Noé We had to call every friend we had around the island to know where to go. The direction changed a lot so we surfed from one side of the island to the other several times the same day.”
“We started out shooting on their home spots. 10 min walk from their family house,” said filmer Manuel Claudeville Morell.
“We wanted to chase the swell and head to the Bahamas. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to fly to Miami for the connecting flight. Then we dreamed to go to New York to chase Larry there, but once again we could not enter the USA because of Covid restrictions.
“There are so many angles, so many creeks. You can shoot airs from behind at Saint Jean, you can shoot from the very side angle at Toiny (a tubing left). There are literally quality reef breaks every kilometre of the coast and spots around the island handle every type of swell direction.”
The result? Larry's the edit you can peep right at the top of the page. A few minutes of swell hunting with the trio in azure clear water, fine reeling reefs and quite the spattering of above the lip action. Anyone else feel they missed a trick by not calling the edit Larrybean though? No? I'll see myself out..