Only 1% of surfers are equipped to make the drop on a wave like this
Slabs are so hot right now in Australian surfing. Surfing Life editor Wade Davis explains, “Slabs are extremely important to Australian surfing as a result of our unique geography. We’re blessed with profuse, barely submerged rock ledges that rise from the depths with a precipitous abrubtness. They’re not coral, which would usually lend to a more manageable tube, but from hard, barnacle – encrusted rock. Relatively short period swells trip over themselves as they march towards terra firma, resulting in death barrels that are as high as they are thick.”
I absolutely agree with Wade, but it is important to get things into perspective and context. Slabs are photogenic, slab footage sells magazines, energy drinks and get high viewing rates online.
99% of surfers respect surfers who charge slabs for sure, but 99% of surfers don’t want to die or get injured to have their photo taken and keep sponsors happy. Now I’m not saying that the 1% of surfers who have the courage and ability to charge slabs only do it for photos and fame – no way! Many do it purely for love and adrenaline kicks, but what I can definitively say is that the vast majority of surfers dream of curvaceous coral reefs.
Anyways, enjoy the comparative clips and I’ll let you be the judge as to where you surf.
The Perfect Wave Marketing Manager
Mentawai September 2014 video wrap-up