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John Barton's photo of Rifles

A close shave between a surfer and a local long-boat.

Average rating of 4.72 from 597 votes

Rifles

Spot Location: Sumatra + Mentawais > Mentawai > Rifles

Date Taken: 10th April 2011. 111980 page views since 14th June 2011.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
5.5ft 14s 193.3°     6 9 mph Mostly Sunny 84°f
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DOEL Nov 26, 2011 Rating: 3

Reverse Skeg drop in, not sure the judges would score that highly on such a manouvere these days.

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psalm 77:19c Nov 6, 2011 Rating: 2

damn east coast surfers (says the east coaster)

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pebblebed Oct 25, 2011 Rating: 2

You buy!!! special price my friend

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Life is like a wave.. just ride it!! Sep 26, 2011 Rating: 2

what a dick.. fk the section and the pic.

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isansons Aug 31, 2011 Rating: 2

Wow.. Very close.. Awesome !

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traeregan Jul 27, 2011 Rating: 2

So much for that section...

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Geordie_hero Jun 22, 2011 Rating: 7

"gud day mate, you wan singlet? bintang singlet?? loook loook flaming wallet, nice price nice price!"

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ephillips Jun 21, 2011 Rating: 2

Roy Stewarts board are always getting in the way..

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www.niaskeyholesurfcamp.com Jun 19, 2011 Rating: 0

The surfing boat catch the barrel too . . . block the few !!!!!

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lucasglg Jun 19, 2011 Rating: 0

hahahahahahaha

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Arctic10101 Jun 18, 2011 Rating: 0

Isn't that one of Rob Machado's Motorboats?

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mylesnew Jun 18, 2011 Rating: 3

1 sec later he pulls that thing into a floater and re-enters.

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Mark from Durban Jun 18, 2011 Rating: 2

Wonder if hes trawling a net behind that :)

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BuzyG Jun 17, 2011 Rating: 1

http://magicseaweed.com/photoLab/viewPhoto.php?photoId=92024 Thats a tidler take a peek at this one I took a while back. Sorry my camara not so good.

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tjo Jun 17, 2011 Rating: 1

GILLIGAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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wave master Jun 17, 2011 Rating: 1

Wonder if he's using a bow thruster?

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doobie mcshitlips Jun 17, 2011 Rating: -1

yar , the ol flemish cap,

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doobie mcshitlips Jun 17, 2011 Rating: -1

yar , the ol flemish cap,

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Chris Clark Jun 17, 2011 Rating: 2

"Just my luck, set of the day and I'm paddling back out"

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bali_trader Jun 17, 2011 Rating: 4

Full credit to the dude getting shacked. He must have seen this way down the line and thought "f**k it, im pulling in anyway" Even possible death is out weighed by a good barrell.

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rf244 Jun 16, 2011 Rating: -1

What a fucking nutter.

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BuzyG Jun 16, 2011 Rating: -1

Nutter! he's got to be no more than 5 ft from a deck full of barrel and a sinking.

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superbust Jun 16, 2011 Rating: -5

would you like to go for a roll in ze hay?

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superbust Jun 20, 2011 Rating: -2

no mel brooks fans huh

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compcomplex Jun 16, 2011 Rating: 1

What the hell?

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dburden Jun 16, 2011 Rating: -12

Photoshop

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greatnicholl Jun 17, 2011 Rating: 0

hahahahhahahahhahahahh good one

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sprayNsurf Jun 17, 2011 Rating: 7

photoshop your FACE...........bitch......

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kook1 Jun 16, 2011 Rating: 1

thats no local boat thats a crazy fucking ozzy taxi boat prob pissed on bintang, good on ya m8!

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Secret Spot Lodge France Jun 16, 2011 Rating: 0

nice wave ,shame about the boat . i bet hes not seen the one behind it yet !

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Wesanator Jun 16, 2011 Rating: -1

woah lol that guy in the barrel must me going mental!!

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layback Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 15

DAMN!!! Those SUP's are EVERYWHERE man!!

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ZsJ Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

I like the blue sky.

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Gibb0 Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

Looking at the boat's wake he's turned around at the last minute. Bags not get on his boat.

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Ratbag Jun 16, 2011 Rating: 2

And, he turned into it, not away from it.

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sprayNsurf Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

now thats taking long boarding to whole nother level

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Nik Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 6

"To Ted's surprise, as the reef drained out, it revealed a small Indonesian man in a boat..."

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grifda1 Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

and i thought tuk tuk's were dangerous!

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Mel in Florida Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 8

"We're gonna need a bigger boat"

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westy Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

what an awesome shot! HUGE vertical snap right there

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chenson Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

prop waft.

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chrisniow Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 3

and the award for most unique tow in vehicle goes to....

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stephenjones102 Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 2

That sucks....the guy on the board TOTALLY had the right of way.....

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chenson Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

i am proud of the rotund gent paddling back out. get you some more, pork chop!

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swwl Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 2

its sheriff J W Pepper paddling out ""If you got your pointy heads out of them pajamas, you wouldn't be late for work!"

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stevelaw Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

this oke must have left a brown trail in that barrell

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turtleman Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -2

Welcome to 3rd World low budget surf movie making. A longboat and cine camera. Simples

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Pete Ash Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

Yup know the feeling

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DIGITAL WAVE Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 2

can you take a closeup photo of me, yah after I hit a 360 off this lip

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alan_ronan Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

there are situations where you should think about something else than giving a high five

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Isaac Hunt Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

Not a view you expect to see when looking out the barrel!

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Arctic10101 Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

Maybe the Photog didn't want to get his hair wet.

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fluiddruid Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 3

anyone else thinking the boat might not quite make it over what looks to be a monster behind this wave!???

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galesurfer Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 8

looks like a nice rail section to me, thinking rooftop boardslide

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bluemarkus Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

the next trend after SUP is clearly boatsurfing

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Jack21 Jun 16, 2011 Rating: 2

lets hope its more of a FAD

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Arctic10101 Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

SUP Is A Trend?

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Ratbag Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

That boat is primed to gun it and pull of a huge off the lip reo! Could probly even toss the skegs out the back wall if he times it well. Go for it mofo!

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the vanity project Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 16

Anybody out there remember how to do trigonometry? We might finally be able to settle how to measure wave height accurately at last.

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Portpipe Jun 27, 2011 Rating: 0

my brains an ocean of shite that i will never use in real life.

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the vanity project Jun 27, 2011 Rating: 0

ooooh get you Porty with the mathlete knowledge bomb, someone’s had their frosted lucky charms today

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soutie Jun 16, 2011 Rating: 2

yes, i remember. you write the notes on your leg under the shorts line (or was that geometery ?).

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Coelacanth Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

Or you could just go ask Alice...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WANNqr-vcx0&feature=related

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Portpipe Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 9

SOHCAHTOA

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wave master Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 1

Also looks like the Dude barrelling alongside of him is about to catch some prop "wash".

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wave master Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

Looks like he's about to catch some "air".

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lebreton Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

jetski and now longboat.. decadent world!

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Mr.villa Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

Did he make it?ha ha ha

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Harv Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 2

Platinum package, boat will collect you direct from rifle barrel. Mind the gap as you exit.

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Matt Wright Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 1

Damn boats always cutting people off!

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tjo Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

shoulder hopper!

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plappers Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 1

Looks like he is reversing back into the pit to me!

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Portpipe Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 3

prop draggers....... sheesh

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Dok Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 3

So as Reginald and Dorothy tucked into their first sandwich on their private boat tour of the islands, they realised ir was going to be a bit more exciting than they thought!

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Scott Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 1

This is why they invented telephoto lenses...

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monus Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 38

at least it's not a SUP

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JAYSURFER69 Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

Gutted if the Captain didnl;t pack his camera, that would be a sick shot !!

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Tony Chaney Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

did he die?

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Inglorious Landlocked Basterd Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

I love sneaker sets

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Martin Alexander Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -1

I now wish I'd got the jet ski instead for the tow-ins...........

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plymouthian Jun 15, 2011 Rating: -19

Sorry but thats been shopped! No way those blokes will take there boat that close to the break its there entire income and if he was there he would be caught inside the wave behind and destroyed...not a chance its real, good tho!

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soutie Jun 18, 2011 Rating: 0

ok, i'll just pop out to the beaureaux de presse and pick up a copy.

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SMOOCHOW Jun 17, 2011 Rating: 1

Hey PLY ur a real KNOB-JOCKEY ..... it is real , the indo driver stalled the engine , YOU can read the REAL story in the latest ASL if u like .... that's AUSTRALIAN SURFING LIFE .

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plymouthian Jun 17, 2011 Rating: -1

Plus if he was that close he's guna close that down on mateys head which i dont think he would be happy about....do you seriously think a boat will go deeper than the other guys?

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plymouthian Jun 17, 2011 Rating: -1

Sorry to burst your bubble bruv but i have been Indo and done a boat trip up round the mentawais, aswell as traveling and surfing lots of places round europe, you may see a driver get close at somewhere smaller but not double overhead rifles just to take a photo! These boats are their livelihood they dont risk them! My opinion!

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Nurno Jun 16, 2011 Rating: 0

"the next one in the series" - where please? Be great to see the series!

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goundas Jun 16, 2011 Rating: 2

I can assure you it wasn't shopped (except as noticed wiping the surf camp logo off the boat!). I'm surprised this shot was preferred over the next one in the series with the boat props above the head of the guy still deep in the barrel!! The motor stalled on landing after this wave, but had enough momentum to get over the next .. just. Spare a thought for the lady photograper in front seat !

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Get Joggly Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

Yes its been shopped... the name of the Resort boat operators been brushed of the gunwale !

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Chris Burton Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 1

Mate you clearly have not been to Indo! They are nutters! The bloke driving doesn't even seem too bothered.. No way it is the work of photoshop!!! deffo real, and by Indo standards not that dangerous.

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greggybread Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

Thats why he is facing into the wave and not hitting it side on. Believe it or not, a lot of boats go over waves just like this every day. Not shopped at all

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surfsoul Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 29

http://tinyurl.com/5wo5v4d

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robbie. Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 17

looks real enough to me... Also- it's spelt "their"

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Inglorious Landlocked Basterd Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

OMG ! Wonder what happened next ? The captain had the wave of the day ? Must be quite hard to tuck that craft in the barrel.

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Martin Alexander Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

..."tourist trips around the bay...pay on the boat".......

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Martin Alexander Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 0

Darn it - I'm sure the bloke in the shop said it was a shaped a bit like a longboard...............best chop a few feet off it......

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sinno Jun 15, 2011 Rating: 8

Are you here for the fishing???

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