Nathan Florence, who’d chased the swell from Hawaii, figured he was seeing a train crash up close, "I thought I'd witnessed something horrible."
A Code Red swell, as they call it, flicked the switch on Teahupoo a few days back, rides pumping adrenalin along the frail and brittle pipes of the usual coterie of big-wave surfers.
The wildest wave ridden, and filmed, was a fearsome animal that took both Tahitian Kauli Vaast, a three-time European champion, and photographer Manea Fabisch over the falls.
“This is the biggest wave I’ve ever surfed and I’ve ever seen in my life. This is also the best, craziest, scariest and beautiful footage filmed but my brother @manea.f,” Vaast wrote. “We both went over the falls !! As you can see from this angle, the wave was really hard to surf! So I did my best but went for the biggest Floater to El Rollo.”
Nathan Florence, who’d chased the swell from Hawaii, figured he was seeing a train crash up close.
“Holy sht, this angle is insane, glad you alive! watched from the side on ski live and thought id just witnessed something horrible.”
From Shane Dorian, the greatest big-wave surfer of all time, “Happy you’re ok!! Wow.”
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