There's no easy way to surf Namibia's Skeleton Bay. Home to those stamina-sapping lefthand tubes, it's heavy, beyond what the clips, edits and POVs will show. The expenses sure stack up too, but when what's on offer is this divine, it's difficult to shy away from such an opportunity.
A global crew pulled the trigger and jetted to west Africa, just as a pumping swell was due to rifle into the coast. But of course, the swell arrived late, which is customary when making a half-way-round-the-world trip, but Friday got good. Real good. Just check Brett Barley's POV below, "longest barrel of my life," he says - no easy feat given Barley's barrel prowess. Brett made the trip with Oliver Kurtz, Koa Smith was there too
Got the Longest barrel of my life today (20sec), on #InternationalSurfingDay, on my 9yr Wedding Anniversary with my wife. Is that some sort of Surfing Husband Trifecta? - Took a page right out of @yadin_nicol book from last year, and wished @caseybarley a “Happy Anniversary” after my tube . Love you Babe and see you soon! Make sure the Audios on for the end. - shot with @gopro #Hero6Black @mygomount #MouthMount - @oneillusa @sanuk @smithoptics @realwatersports @onamissionsurf @super_brand @soloshotupdates @futuresfins @leus
Shooting from the shore was South African Grant Scholtz. He said: “Friday morning was met with a solid swell and very light offshore wind. There was talk of it can't get any better on the beach, but then a call was made placing it at around 7 out of 10 – epic by anyone's standards. It was however the Donkey and very difficult to get into and lots of broken boards. It's an expensive trip as it is so far away and yeah, you break boards.
“There were the usual injuries with knees and ankles being the most common. Saturday also had some nuggets in the morning before the wind went onshore. All in all, there will be its of people who will be disappointed they never made this trip.”
This is without a doubt the craziest POV clip I’ve ever shot! Still in awe from this wave, which is actually the same one I posted yesterday! Could just be the best tube I’ve ever been in • Thanks so much for letting me borrow all your gear @brettbarley ! Visions like this wouldn’t be possible without you bruvva! #gopro #africa #scoringourbrainsout • @rockstarenergy
Cover shot: Shaun Holmes and Paul Daniels watch from the beach by Grant Scholtz.