Barron Mamiya's new edit, "One Week," was filmed over the course of the last recent run of sizable, late-season swell on the North Shore. And bomb after bomb, barrel after cavernous barrel, not once does Mamiya claim a wave or mad dog the camera after he gets blown out into the channel. It's pure humility and desire.
At only 20 years old, he is as good as anybody at Pipeline right now. Perfectly at home pushing over the ledge and grabbing rail on the left, he appears fully confident and focused. On the right it's late drops, falling from the sky, hanging on by the tips of his toes. There are only a handful of surfers in the world with that unique blend of talent, comfort and fearlessness at the world's deadliest surf break.
Mamiya finished runner-up to Jack Robinson at the 2019 Volcom Pipe Pro. By season's end, Robinson had qualified for the Championship Tour and Mamiya finished just above the cut line at 14th on the Qualifying Series. Before Covid-19 interrupted everything, this was going to be a huge year for Mamiya. Judging by this most recent edit, his surfing has only gotten better. With youth on his side, when he gets back to the business of pulling on a jersey he's going to be dangerous no matter what the waves are doing.