Skeleton Bay Awakens, Again

Jason Lock

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Updated 85d ago

You may recall last week, Skeleton Bay went a little berserk. Tube hounds like Brett Barley and Oliver Kurtz hucked into some of the deepest barrels we've seen out of Namibia. And then, Koa Smith dropped a five tonne sledgehammer on all of us – riding, possibly, one of the best waves of all time.

Then, just a few days ago, the Donkey kicked again, this time delivering a few days of those timeless, iconic kegs. As usual a crew of hard-charging, travel enthused, barrel wranglers made the journey to the desert. And although the wind kicked up for a few days, it didn't stop the spectacle from running.

And, wow. @natxogonzalez1 on a Skele Bay drainer from just the other day.

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Lensman Marck Botha, who shot some of what you see throughout, said: "Skeleton Bay, where high risk equals high rewards, people risk it all to get the wave of their life. It's one of the most fickle waves, where just a few degrees in the swell can change the wave height from 6 feet to flat.

"You spend thousands of dollars to get there, if the airlines don't loose you boards, and you don't get stuck in the sand on the way to the wave, you may be lucky enough to witness it in all its glory, if all the elements come together. This year has seen the most frequent set of swells that I can remember, and with three swells lining up with in a week, had to jump on a plane to get over there in a hope to see it doing its dance.

Nic Von Rup loves getting drained.

Nic Von Rup loves getting drained.

© 2018 - Marck Botha

"The first swell was set to arrive on Friday evening, and came pulsing in hard along with a pumping cross-shore. Mark Healey got an absolute smoker just before the sun went down. On Saturday morning, the swell had began to die, but there were still a few big sets rolling through the mist.

"The wind came up and blew the mist away. The main swell was due for Monday morning and it came in strong. The fog was so thick it was hard to see the sets rolling through before it was on top of you.

Empty and, dare we say, near flawless.

Empty and, dare we say, near flawless.

© 2018 - Marck Botha

"The usual intense side wash was present, and the wave was breaking further out then usual making it even more of a challenge. Was a massive period swell and there were long waits between sets. By midday, the fog had cleared but near gale force winds started to blow.

"For those willing to risk the elements the opportunity for wave of their life was still open. The last swell was due on Thursday morning, and was greeted by a setting full moon on an almost clear morning.

"The swell was a little smaller than hoped but with some glassy conditions there were still some nice sets between the long waits. Plenty of seals were in the line up. Floating in the dark brown green water, with swirling currents, sometimes unable to see the beach through the fog, and a seal pops up next to you.. Don't think that stuff is for the risk averse."

Dimitri Ouvre.

Dimitri Ouvre.

© 2018 - Marck Botha

Donovan Zoetmolder.

Donovan Zoetmolder.

© 2018 - Marck Botha

© 2018 - Jordy Masters

© 2018 - Jordy Masters

Cresting the top of something a little special.

Cresting the top of something a little special.

© 2018 - Marck Botha