Laird Means Lord

A dozen or so riders moved as a unit into the deeper reaches of what Mark Foo had once called the “unridden realm.” Yet never for a moment was tow surfing thought of as a project of equals. “There's Laird,” one Jaws regular put it, “and there's the rest of us.”

Tow surfing required an intricate, high-functioning level of teamwork—a concept as new to surfing as pistons and footstraps. Equipment ideas were shared. New techniques were discussed and shared. Partnerships were formed, usually based on joint jetski ownership, and the two surfers traded off driving chores. There was a lot of practice involved: the tow-in itself, the reconnection in the channel—d...

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