Hold on to your tongues that Angola wave is back. Edit number two from the Brand’s trip as shot and produced by Dan Mace is a grittier affair with more breakdowns than barrels.
Dan, why did you make a second edit?
There was never an intention to make two films when we were there, but when I got home and was looking through all the footage I realised that it would be best to spread it out over two separate films. One being on the ‘perfect left-hander’ wave we scored for one day and the second being more raw, including some behind the-scenes-stuff, the harshness of the desert, as well as a few other spots in the area. I think this works well other than jamming it all into a long 15 minute piece, which for online purposes is way too long.
Would you ever go back?
I would go back in a heart beat, but the costs there are enough to make you broke in a week.
What would you say to people who say this wave will get crowded, and there will be surf camps all along the point by next week?
A lot of people have been saying that and I’m glad you raised it. Something like that happened in Namibia, yes, but in Angola it will never happen. The wave is far too fickle first of all – like I said we were there for three weeks and scored once. Secondly, it is hell of expensive to get around. Thirdly, good luck getting a visa. And finally, there are so many surf spots up and down the coast of Angola, they are as good as the wave in the film, but they are consistent and empty. I feel that people from all around the world should experience Angola, it’s beautiful.
You can see the original 3km edit HERE
Or Kepa and Dane’s full length love poem to the region HERE
Pick a solid swell, make the treacherous paddle, avoid the fang-like rocks on the inside, and you could score some of the longest rights of your life.
If Jack Kerouac surfed he would have chewed his beatnik leg off to get on this trip. Desert Point to Shipstern and everything in between.
Not all winter is cold, even if the country is in danger of washing away there will be surfers lapping up the storms
Those two imposters, triumph and disaster, go hand in hand in the sport of bodyboarding, especially for those hellmen who push the boundaries of what is surfable.
From Europe to the West Coast of the States Alex Botelho had one hell of a season