When the clock strikes 13 and swine take flight, there is a sheltered stretch of coastline, somewhere in the Atlantic, which morphs from a millpond into a utopia of righthand slabs and sand-bottom points.
During of the biggest swell of last winter, Portuguese heavy wave connoisseur, Nic von Rupp, flew out to a well known island off North Africa, avoiding all the go-to spots in favour of shelter. What he found left him exuberant with amp.
"The place is insane, so much potential." Nic told us. "Little points with amazing dreamy beachie rights, and some shallow, yet friendly, slabs. This one spot was the exact copy of Snapper rocks in every sense, crowded, angry locals, and an amazing righthander embracing this perfectly shaped sand bank, just beautiful. But surprisingly only 20min drive we found empty reefs just for our 4 man crew to share."
Von Rupp was invited by Lazi Rudegger, a local to the island, who brought along a core group of family and friends for a week of exploration.
"I remember that we were eating at this bar in front of a wave and it was like knee high when we went into the bar, and when we came out it was 6 foot offshore barrels breaking, and we couldn't believe what we saw. We were speechless!Lazi Ruedegger
"The area is kinda secret and it has still lots of waves yet to discover." Lazi told us. "The thing is when there's a big swell there are so many waves that break really good and its hard to decide where to surf! I love the place. It's just shallow hollow righthanders, what else can you ask for?"
Ruddeger can be found exploring little known bays and headlands on any given swell, but this perfect storm was particularly memorable.
"In those 3 or 4 days of the trip I had so much fun." said Lazi. "I brought my cousin Dad and two other friends. We were doing stupid stuff all the time and laughing our asses off. I do remember that we were eating at this bar in front of a wave and it was like knee high when we went into the bar, and when we came out it was like 6 foot offshore barrels breaking and we couldn't believe what we saw. We were speechless!"