It all started with Mick Fanning and images of a long, perfect looking, right hand point. Then videos started popping up, the Spanish contingent put more footage up. Then the debates started raging, where was this wave? Is it the same wave? No one is talking, yet…
Follow your heart
When Portuguese Surfers Anotonio Silva and Diogo d’Orey got some insider intel that a mysto and fickle right point was going to turn on, they pulled the trigger and went for it. Getting skunked is a real possibility when searching for new, perfect waves, but the rewards, as can be seen here, are very real!
Natural Footers Perfect Wave
For a number of years now, the goofy footers have had Namibia and now it finally looks like the natural footers dream wave exists too. Antonio and Diogo are not spilling the beans though, but I can guarentee that a mob of surfers are scanning google earth as we speak. Good luck and good fortune, I know I am definitely wanting to go find this one.
We all knew it was out there, the perfect right hander just off the beach, running for ever. It had to be, the ying to Skeleton Bay’s Yang. Well here it is, with 3 time World Champ, Mick Fanning sampling it. Make no mistake, my experience of Namibia tells me this wave is way more heavy and difficult than it appears, but hell, at least its warm water. Certainly this wave just went number 1 on my destination list! Is it in Africa, Mexico or somewhere even more off the radar?
What if I told you there was an unknown sand-bottom right that is five kilometres long, breaks 20 metres off the beach, holds six foot of swell and has only been surfed by four people on the entire planet?
Would you believe me?
What if good-ol’-having-a-year-off-Mick Fanning was one of those surfers, and he told you that this wave had him haulin’ arse like an F1 driver down a strip of sand that never seemed to end.
Would you believe him?
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This ain’t no fucking wave pool! This is the real world. This is The Snake.
2015 is a year Jordy Smith will want to wipe from the memory banks, with recurring injuries and a less than stellar year on tour. Coming home to SA for the holidays he finally got over his injuries, scored some epic waves at home and managed to sneak a quick trip over the border to Mozambique. He says he is feeling great, hungry for victory and ready to assault the World Tour in 2016, as he got the injury wildcard. Watching this video, I find it hard to doubt, especially when the first stop on tour on the Gold Coast resembles the waves he is busy destroying right here. So watch this and I almost guarantee he is going to make a quick appearance in your Fantasy team.
I have watched this over and over and cannot fathom how he made this wave! Absolutely incredible.
Benny Richardson (Clifton Beach, Tasmania) retains his composure through a madly distorting slab of a barrel and escapes the maelstrom at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania, Australia on April 4, 2014. Video by Tim Bonython from the Australian Surf Film Festival. An entry in the Billabong Ride of the Year category of the 2015 XXL Big Wave Awards. For more information see www.WorldSurfLeague.com/XXL.
Last year saw some of the craziest tubes in competitive history with eventual winner, Kelly Slater, putting on a show. The forecast for the first few days is looking epic and I am pretty sure we are going to see some surfing fast. So get out your dinner, hook up the live feed and enjoy!
The internet has been a flutter with images and videos from the 2 days at Jaws, in Maui, last week. With some of the biggest and cleanest wave ever surfed, the South African crew of James Taylor, Mike Schlebach, James Lowe (See above), Matt Bromley, Grant Baker and Josh Redman all got some major coverage. It was Josh though, that absolutely blew up, getting two of the biggest tubes ever ridden out there in one session. Here is one of the better videos of the highlights of those 2 sessions…
Yes we all know that that left in Namibia spits out incredible tubes at the drop of a hat. This tube is special though, just look at it, not a drop of water out of place. No speed checks, no misty chandeliers and no kooks floating through the lineup. Then when you time the real speed version in the 2nd half of the video, it comes out a ridiculous 27 seconds – almost half a minute of tube time. So go vote for the guy! Check it out, but be warned you may give up surfing haha.
The whole world seemed to be going, the parking looked like Cavendish Mall and the swell arrived bigger than ever. Matt Bromley was there with camera guy, Steve Michelson in tow, to capture one of the biggest days ever surfed at Donkey Bay. Many tales of horrid thrashings came out from this day and of people being sucked off the beach by rogue white waters. So all in all it was a difficult day for both surfers and the media guys. I reckon the boys are pretty happy with the results though.
Dean Morrison, or Dingo, to his mates, was one of my favorite surfers on the World Tour for years. Looking to extend his career and still have loads of fun, which is the Dingo way, he has joined the hunt for the world’s biggest and meanest waves. Recently he scored what could be considered the wave of his life in West Oz…
Welcome back to the world of JOB! This episode he forces Poopies his trusty sidekick to tube 2nd reef Pipeline before taking his board and absolutely owning Backdoor and Pipe, including this mental switch foot tube…