Many years ago I was privileged to watch a growing swell at Waimea up front and personal. I was staying for the season in the house on the point at Waimea, and it was private access, so there were a select few there with us. Art Brewer arrived, and promptly climbed onto the roof of the house to find a unique angle. I sat on the wall for most of the day, fascinated by the scene playing out before me. It was crowded earlier in the day, with some kids out there and some girls having a go as well.