The wave is Shipstern’s Bluff. What surfers call a “slab” because the roof of the wave is thick like a slab and tend to fall quickly toward the trough, like a slab of wet concrete. It breaks against the base of cliffs in Tasmania. When it’s small, it’s a beautiful little tuberide. When it’s big, like this, it is a deathtrap of warbles, bumps, shelves that appear in the waveface. Kipp Caddy got a good one, as you see here. The ride would have lasted 10 seconds at most. The feeling is forever.


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