Brown's smiling head pops up in roiling foam. McNamara jets into the maelstrom, drags him onto the rescue sled, and shoots out to catch the next.
"Come on, be a man!" McNamara goads.
Skudin, 23, of Long Island, N.Y., knows he'll be consumed with regret if he doesn't go. He grabs the rope, drops into the hole, gets trounced, and comes up in the foam.
"How was it?" McNamara shouts.
"Mental!" he shouts back.
Over the next two hours, the three surfers find speedy spots and little tubes to shoot through. But every time they streak deep into the cavern, they get swallowed.
The wave today is serious, but not fearsome enough to be a McNamara special.
Because no one else has the skill needed to tow a surfer into such a tricky wave, he stays on the jet ski. The tide is dropping, and parts of the reef are surfacing. After a few more dumps, the tow-board is battered by the rocks.
"Let's get out of here before someone gets hurt."