4 Amazing Waves From Namibia

This week we take a look at the recent swell that hit Skeleton Bay in Namibia.

We scanned Instagram and found 4 amazing clips you must watch!

1. Koa Smith

2. Brett Barley

3. Andre Botha

Just got back from Skeleton Bay at 1 am last night. I really wanted to share this clip on International Surfing Day but couldn’t get it out while being on the road without internet. This wave was filmed at about 11:30am on Friday morning. We got to Skeleton Bay at 6am in the dark that morning, with clear skies it was gonna be a killer sunrise without the usual fog. As soon as first light hit we could see the sets rolling in and draining off the bank. I jumped on the opportunity to use a new back pole mount for my GoPro and capture a different angle. The back mount is a lot more difficult and invasive than a mouth piece, duck diving and catching waves is challenging. I managed to get into position for a couple smokers and got a handful of deep tubes with the beautiful orange and pink sky peaking at me from the pit. At about 9am my GoPro battery was running low, at that stage I got a bit greedy and figured let me get one more with the tail mount and than change batteries and use my mouth piece. I stroked into a set and the thing bottomed out, I basically nose dived like someone right out of kook slams, my legs went over my head and did full scorpion style. I came up amazed and totally surprised that I didn’t get seriously hurt but that’s when I realized that my pole and GoPro was gone baby gone. Frantically I looked all around, no where to be seen. Instantly I was met with a force of disappointment, all my morning’s clips of epic sunrise tubes seen from behind were lost at sea. I would have to start again. I picked myself up and spirited to the 4×4, grabbed my back up GoPro and mouth mount. By this stage it was about 10am and with a sense of urgency the next hour or so I got myself into some real kegs and was on happy high that I turned the situation around. At this stage being a bit more calm I thought lemme just check out my settings on the GoPro, as I was in such a rush after losing one that I didn’t even check the backup GoPro settings. Sure enough I had the GoPro on the wrong setting, devastation as another big part of the morning was pretty much lost. (Continued in Comments.)

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4. Oliver Kurtz

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My travels as a professional surfer have taken me from my little home on the South Coast of N.S.W, Australia to over 40+ countries worldwide and counting. Surfing some of the most famous and remote waves in the world. I have had many highlights in my career, winning Australian titles, coming 5th on the ASP ( now known as the WSL) World Tour in 2005, numerous wins and finals, and beating some of the best surfers in the world including Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and Andy Irons. Surfing and traveling is all I have known since I was 13 years old.

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