On February 12, 2016, Nic Lamb paddled his 10’0″ Stretch Gun to victory at the Titans of Mavericks competition.
We simply always referred to it as “The Mav’s contest” over the years but despite who becomes the title sponsor, what dollars or points are awarded, the high profile glitz or the overall status, there’s one thing that remains the same. Maverick’s will take care of itself. Those who put in time at Mav’s know this.
There’s a crew of guys that know the ins and outs of Maverick’s. Nic Lamb is one of those guys. His commitment to physical conditioning, mental preparation, equipment choice and respect for something bigger than humans can fathom all paid off.
Big waves aren’t for everybody and it takes a certain type of surfer to engage in something like Maverick’s. It’s not an easy wave to surf. The wind, swell conditions, media and competitive field made it even more daunting. Nic has been envisioning these moments and training for them for a long time.
Congratulations on achieving an amazing goal Nic! Look forward to seeing what the future brings!
What he rode:
Stretch Gun round pin
10’0″ x 20.3″ x 3.4″
PU gun core with triple 6oz. deck and triple 6oz. bottom
Stretch template quad g-10 3.75″ fronts with 3.75″ symmetrical quad rear pair
(same board from his 2015 win at Punta Galea)
Nic negotiating the drop on a wave during his final heat.
Missed the live broadcast from contest day? Check it all out by visiting redbull.tv here!
Don’t have 7 hours to kill during your day? Are you sick of that silly song replaying over and over? Then click here to check out the heat analyzer and filter through to select surfer, heat and wave score. Technology is rad!
And lets not forget the efforts put in by big wave stalwart Nathan Fletcher.
His Buzz Gun was a 10’2″ x 20.5″ x 4.5″ beast that seemed ready to paddle into something massive. There seemed to be a playfulness not common in a board with those numbers and when he leans it over on rail it shows hints of a new era of gun design developing for those who are willing to put their paddle power into some uncharted territories.
- Bonus feature which shouldn’t be missed is our friend Anthony Tashnick inflating his rescue device for Shawn Rhodes in the same wipeout segment at the end of Nathan’s last wave.
And on a similar model to Nic yet different construction was the worthy endeavors of Ryan Seelbach in his heat 1 battle. Ryan rode a 10’0″ x 21.25″ x 4″ Stretch Gun round pin with CFT gun heavy construction, bamboo wood veneer bottom and custom color lamination.
Stretch and I arent’ really that short. It’s just that Ryan is a big guy!
Nic and Stretch February 15, 2016. photo: D.Aumentado
…because if you had a chance to do a drop wallet layback on a 10’0″ then you’d probably do one too!
L-R: Greg Long, Jamie Mitchell, Travis Payne, Nic Lamb, Carlos Burle, Tyler Fox