||Mikey O'Shaughnessy Wins O'Neill Wave of the Winter
Underground North Shore charger comes above ground with OTW drainer -- and $25,000
"I remember just looking at it as if it was a closeout," Mikey said. "As I got to the bottom, I noticed it throwing really hard, and I was like 'this is really beautiful.' And then, I noticed there was an exit out of it -- it was far away, but I was like, 'maybe I can make this wave...' I didn't really think I was gonna make it the whole time until I made it out. That's the kind of feeling I live for -- and to have my name to be on the best wave of the winter is an honor, it's a dream come true."
But one wave does not a winter make. And as is tradition, we spent the entire North Shore season with multiple lenses pointed firmly at all the action at Pipeline, Backdoor and Off-the-Wall, captured the best of the best and then sat down the standouts.
||Koa Rothman, Jamie O'Brien, Evan Valiere, Kaimana Henry, Josh Moniz, Seth Moniz, Makua Rothman, Dave Wassell, Mikey O'Shaughnessy, Randall Paulson, Luke Shepardson, John John Florence, Jeronimo Vargas, Koa Smith, Jack Robinson, Kalani Chapman, Kelly Slater, Ricardo dos Santos, Reef McIntosh, Bruce Irons, Owen Wright, Brett Barley, Conner Coffin, Joel Centeio, Tyler Newton, Eric Geiselman, Mason Ho, Keahi de Aboitiz, Ryan Hipwood, Ezra Sitt, Keanu Asing, Dane Reynolds, Diego Santos, Miguel Tudela, Felipe, Cesarano, Mark Healey, Carlos Munoz, Noah Beschen, Barron Mamiya, Landon McNamara