“It’s literally firing but since Surfline didn’t say we can’t go out there!”
Nathan Florence, the Prince Harry lookalike brother of surf Olympian John John Florence and who is rightly lauded as the “world’s smartest surfer”, has revealed his mind-blowingly simple hack for surfing The Box empty.
The Box, of course, is a “slab” wave just north of Margaret River Main Break, a vastly inferior wave to The Box but where a tour event is held every year.
In the latest instalment of his excellent YouTube series, Florence explains the key to surfing The Box without the flotilla of media in the channel and its accompanying flotsam in the lineup.
“This funny thing happens,” says the extremely intelligent and capable Florence, “…if no one is out at The Box no one will paddle out. As soon as people paddle out the whole CT jumps on it. This morning we waited… everyone goes to the other surf spots, The Box is empty none is out, it’s pumping, spitting barrels…now that we waited everyone is committed to the other spots.”
Here, Florence, who is twenty-nine, takes the viewer into his confidence.
“Tactical. It’s literally firing. If they would just look at it they would see spitting barrels but since it’s not forecasted…”
And, here, the viper’s tongue, oozing with sarcasm, drops to a whisper for added effect,
“Surfline didn’t say (so) we can’t go out there!”