SD: It’s two days after the all-time Eddie, how are you feeling?
Paige: Super tired, physically and emotionally. It's been a month straight of non-stop firing big waves. I’ve been chasing swells to Todos, and then home here on Maui has been really good because the winds have been light. So, super stoked, but also really tired and pretty much looking forward to it going onshore and raining for the next week. My god, we have one more swell tomorrow and Jaws should be fun, then it looks like it's finally gonna rain and go onshore.
It's been a hectic month for surf in the North Pacific. It's just been relentless, and you’ve surfed a lot of big waves. I suppose in a way it's a good time for the Eddie to get called on.
Yes and no. I mean, now that it's over, I'm so glad. But leading up to it, there was a lot of anxiety and not really much downtime between swells, so I was never feeling fully recovered. We had that crazy Jaws swell, jumped on a red eye, flew over to California, drove down to Mexico with Greg [Long] and Ian [Walsh] and the crew, and straight into two days of waking up at 3am with barely any sleep. Then to rush back home because there was another swell coming… and then to hear two days later that the Eddie's called on. It's been wild.
On the upside, you didn't have time for the Eddie to do any laps inside your head. You just had to turn up and go surfing.
Yeah, totally. It was funny, cause the swell was totally under-forecasted, like by a lot. By 10 feet. A lot of people I spoke to were really questioning if it was gonna be big enough to even run the contest. The buoy forecast was like 17 feet at 17 seconds, and it got to 27 at 19. Way bigger. So, there wasn't a whole lot of anxiety. If the swell had been forecast to be that big, then I think I would've been freaking out. But when it presents itself on the day, you just have to do it.