Getting Obliterated at Brazil's Insane Slab Shock

Jason Lock

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Updated 215d ago

Last week, Brazil's horror slab Shock reared its head for an opening session that made us take a long, hard introspective look at ourselves. This is what these guys and gals do for fun? Well, yeah. And they're on it every time it breaks. But this session over the past few days may have been the biggest it's ever been, according to the locals that call this boiling-pit home.

It wasn't just Shock that went loco either, there's the beachbreak too at Itacoatiara, near rio de Janeiro -- which also copped the brunt of this large swell-smashing too. Some hell hounds chose to take a swing at Shock, others went to the beachie -- and then there were people like Gabriel Sampaio who just did both, one after the other.

Kalani Lattanzi, always on it when the beachie (or Shock) gets going.

Kalani Lattanzi, always on it when the beachie (or Shock) gets going.

© 2022 - Matheus Couto.

“This was different than anything we've tried at Shock before,” said Gabriel. “The swell direction made it difficult, it was also shallower and made the waves go straight to the rocks. I have never seen so many steps in this wave. It was one of the biggest days I saw out there, I tried to get some waves at with my tow partner and saw some carnage.”

Gabrial Sampaio at Shock.

Gabrial Sampaio at Shock.

© 2022 - Lucca Biot.

And just a hint of that carnage came from Gutemberg Goulart. Moments after letting go of the tow rope, his board caught pretty much every edge possible, as those ribs in the wave swamped over the rails of his board. Down he went, and over, cracking into the flats, then a lip as wide as it was tall fell right on him.

© 2022 - Lucca Biot.

Wasn't over then though, because the second wave exploded right in front of him, sucked his board over the falls and then into the ether. His reaction? “Biggest ever! Still alive,” he told MSW. Scroll down for the full sequence at the end of this piece, or take a peep at the vid above.

How's that for looking for down into the guts of this thing?

How's that for looking for down into the guts of this thing?

© 2022 - Lucca Biot.

Daniel Rodrigues was in awe. “This swell at Shock is a demonstration of the force of nature. It took a lot of patience to face it, but the reward was having one of the best days of my life.”

Daniel Rodrigues.

Daniel Rodrigues.

© 2022 - Tony D'Andrea.

That was before the beachie got going. “Matheus Couto (filmer) called me and said that the waves on the beach were on fire and that was a chance to get a big one,” said Gabriel Sampaio. “So I decided to paddle the beach after I got this wave at shock. It was so good to be able to surf shock and paddle on the beach on the same day.”

© 2022 - Matheus Couto.

Pedro Calado chose to paddle out at the beach. He spun and stroked into a deep barrel – his one and only wave of the day – and then did the exact same thing the day after. “My first wave I was blessed and got this nice barrel in conditions where it’s really not normal to get barrels,” he said. “Because when Itacoatiara gets a big swell, the waves normally get a bit messy, but somehow we were able to get big waves, but it’s difficult to get a big barrel on the big days.”

Pedro.

Pedro.

© 2022 - Matheus Couto.

Pedro Calado, don't feel too bad, this rippah got shacked.

Pedro Calado, don't feel too bad, this rippah got shacked.

© 2022 - Matheus Couto.

As for the vibe over at that Brazil hot bed? “Itacoatiara it’s such a special place for me that has given me so many happy moments, all the locals are very friendly and I feel at home there,” said Pedro. “Every swell I see where there's a good chance to be a good day at Itacoatiara, I go there!”

Gutemberg Goulart Moment-by-Moment Horror Sequence

This whole sequence makes us uneasy. There he is, head down, eyeing it all up.

This whole sequence makes us uneasy. There he is, head down, eyeing it all up.

© 2022 - Tony D'Andrea.

It all happened so quick, but Gutemberg went down, took that wave on the head. Popped back up and now was facing this.

It all happened so quick, but Gutemberg went down, took that wave on the head. Popped back up and now was facing this.

© 2022 - Tony D'Andrea.

Deep breath...

Deep breath...

© 2022 - Tony D'Andrea.

© 2022 - Tony D'Andrea.

Board begins its journey to the big beyond...

Board begins its journey to the big beyond...

© 2022 - Tony D'Andrea.

© 2022 - Tony D'Andrea.

We really hope he didn't like that board...

We really hope he didn't like that board...

© 2022 - Tony D'Andrea.