You ever look at a wave and just think 'nah'? Rio's horror slab Shock is that thing, for most people anyway. But there's also a tight-knit and hardcore crew over in Brazil that live for this wave – even though it poses a horribly unique dichotomy; take a swing knowing 9 times out of 10 you're going to get guillotined, washed over the rocks, or, you're stuck watching and will never know what could have been.
Over the past weekend, Shock got its first licking of the season; a slabby, shallow, sketchy-session that's more let-fate-take-me-by-the-hand than anything – yet, that's how this raucous crew get their kicks.
Amongst this session was Kalani Lattanzi – this is the bodysurfer who threw the equivalent of a video hand grenade up on the internet when he went boardless at XL Jaws last year. “This session was heavy,” he told MSW. “Stoked I didn't end up on the rocks, had a couple of beautiful wipeouts. The first day, I surfed a soft top [laughs] but the next day, I bodysurfed. Couple of people got hurt, that's how it goes there. Shock is training for Jaws.”
Matheus Couto, who shot the above flick, and is usually in position when Shock burps out a session, said: “Early morning, Gabriel Sampaio decided not to go out because it was a bit out of control, a lot of water moving on the rocks, bad wind, and poor conditions. Then, around 8am it got a little better and Gabriel decided to go out with his tow partner and local charger Beg Rosemberg. After he went out, Kalani decided to head out too.
“Gabriel Sampaio got the first wave of the day, and it was a really good ride, one of the best of the day for sure, he made a good line and everything was fine.
“After that though, Kalani took two huge wipeouts, and that was lucky it was him, because he is a monster and he can handle anything. Kalani was surfing this 5'5” soft top.
“But then they called the session off. Way too dangerous. The next day, the size was smaller, but the conditions were more surfable than the day before.”
“Well, we made the most of the first swell of the season,” laughs Gabriel Sampaio. “Two days of intensive sessions with different conditions on this crazy slab, Saturday bigger, and Sunday with some cleaner conditions that allowed me to get good waves.”
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