This is a quick and dirty edit by Vincent Kardasik from the paddle session in Belharra, France on January 7th, 2014. After Winter Storm Hercules unleashed the Black Swell onto the old continent, a host of the world’s best big wave surfers, including Shane Dorian, Benjamin Sanchis, Jamie Mitchell, and Grant “Twiggy” Baker, tackled some extraordinarily big waves.
Six out of the ten waves waves come from Yadin Nicol, Sebastian Zeitz, Miguel Pupo, Mick Fanning, John John Florence and Gabriel Medina. The other four come from one man, Kelly Slater.
This humble man goes by the name of Neal Purchase JNR. A smooth, smooth surfer who will give you a great look into how to surf a single fin with power and skill somewhere in Sumatra. It’s a dying age of power and style but we don’t think it will ever become void.
Indonesia has got to be the best place in the world to surf and Ellis got his waves somewhere in North Sumatra.
Australia’s Kai Hing ditches his homebreak and heads to Indo to ditch his fins. The kid aint have the budgets of others, or anywhere near the same time abroad and in the brine, but he sure knows how to ditch class for a week and enjoy Indonesia.
Huntington Beach’s Bryan Van Arsdale dips out of California in search of something better. No filmer, four boards and one month of Bintangs. Watch as Bryan makes his way to Nias and a few other locations around Bali.
Afends team riders Torren Martyn & Duncan McNicol have just returned their ‘Tropical Bender’ having chased what was set to be the swell of the season up in North Sumatra.
Surf cameraman Larry Haynes filmed Kirk Passmore’s wave at Outside Alligator’s that lead to his death. “His father contacted me and said he we wanted me to share his son’s last wave,” said Haynes.
Indonesia has got to be the best place in the world to surf in those onshore, afternoon conditions. This is a young Hawaiian named Ian Gentil gets barreled, lays rail and even floats a few stalefish for good measure. Enjoy this 5 minutes of Indonesian roaming, slipping and sliding.
We were all pretty depressed—holed up on an Atlantic island with a clean, 10-foot swell, perfect winds…and nowhere to surf. Despite a severely undulated coastline and great swell exposure, the near-shore bathymetry prevented any kind of reasonable wave from breaking. Lines of swell would march towards shore, producing nothing but gigantic, unsurfable shore pound.