Did you think the surf community had forgotten about Skeleton Bay? No chance. This wave personifies the term juggernaut, and when a solid swell files through, it can be your best friend or worst nightmare. The fact is, on Tuesday, it was as heavy as ever, and we've got the images to back that up.
Taking on this behemoth was a crew of rippers from all corners of the globe. Let's see, there's William Aliotti, Gearoid McDaid, Benji Brand, Koa Smith, Brett Barley, to name a few. All wrangling 'Teahupoo on sand', as legendary lensman Alan Van Gysen (aka AVG) describes it in his relay to MSW HQ today – after finally finding a decent WiFi connection.
“If it's one thing we learned from this swell at Skeleton Bay it's that the wave is as heavy as ever, and that no matter what you've heard, the wave isn't disappearing,” he says.
“On the contrary, once the swell peaked on Tuesday, any concern or talk about the bank being imperfect were dismissed and you could once again look from the top to the bottom and visa versa and it looked as straight as ever. Watching stalwart tube hounds like Koa Smith and Benji Brand together with relative newcomers Brett Barley and William Aliotti make impossibly long tubes from start to finish Skeleton Bay is officially back and still the best and heaviest wave on earth.” Enjoy.
All captions by AVG.