THE PERSISTENCE OF HOPE

"Every surf trip is about hope. Hoping is score and hoping to have some good times. Some trips make
you hope for better days more than others..." - O'Neill Team Rider Micah Lester

The higher the altitude you venture in Europe the more wild and unpredictable the weather. Frenchman
Nelson Cloarec, Australia's Micah Lester and Basque chap Adrian Fernandez de Valderrama from Team
O'Neill spent ten hopeful days somewhere in the colder reaches of Northern Europe hunting for perfection
"No broken boards … everyone is alive … that’s pretty good!" - Adrian


O'Neill Persistence of Hope

Sure in France, Spain and Portugal you get good storms. But it’s a variation on a theme of hot, warm, nice, maybe some rain.
Unless you’re in the mountains. Snow. Hail. Gales. Wearing all the clothes you brought with you weather.
All credit to the guys, if there was a surfable wave, even in the middle of a fierce gale with showers of snow and hail,
they were out there. The session that followed of the ninth day made all of the waiting worth it:
"I think it was one of the best sessions of my life…" - Nelson Cloarec


O'Neill Persistence of Hope