x

Cloudbreak Shangri-La

by on Monday 8th April, 2013   60447 Visits   Comments

APRIL 6th saw a 6ft at 16 second swell hit the reef at Cloudbreak, all the sixes, making the number of the beast 666. However it wasn’t at all like an apparition from the fiery depths, more Shangri-La at Fiji’s most famous wave. Fresh off the boat from a winter spent back at home in Hawaii, Stu Johnson is back plying the waterway between the main island and the reef at Cloudbreak for the Fiji Surf Co. This weekend wasn’t the first time one of Kelly Slater’s favourite waves broke in 2013, heck it breaks all-year-round, but it was one of the better days and the “official” season is upon us.

Why do we get excited by this wave? It’s just another reef in another tropical sea? No, not quite, Cloudbreak is right up there with any wave in terms of bounce per ounce. You remember what happened last year during the Volcom Pro? The session that had Dave Wassel saying “These are the best waves I have ever seen in my life.” Oh and the year before that, Bruce Irons and that once-in-a-lifetime tube? And who could forget 2010 just after restrictions on surfing here were relaxed and the Laurie Towner freefall?

You get the picture, this reef is where the magic happens. A rarity that breaks from three to 30 foot whilst maintaining makable barrel sections, all that’s required as the intensity increases is another notch on your nutsack.

Comments
Average rating of 5 from 2 votes

60447 Visits -

Video El Buey Lights Up for Arica
3971

El Buey Lights Up for Arica

Big barrels and big drops at one of Chile's premier big waves spots

Video Flooding in Switzerand Generates a Ripable River Wave
1170

Flooding in Switzerand Generates a Ripable River Wave

Swiss surfers make the most of their environment and shred this powerful wave caused by a flooding river.

Feature Chris Burkard, Under the Magnifying Glass
1085

Chris Burkard, Under the Magnifying Glass

The first instalment of the Definition series takes a closer look at Californian Photographer Chris Burkard

Video Skeet Durham Makes an Unbelievable Drop at Nias
3560

Skeet Durham Makes an Unbelievable Drop at Nias

Skeet Durham nails a huge drop at Nias and is rewarded with a deep tube which he comes flying out of arms akimbo.

Video Noa Deane's Homage to 'The Old-Skool'
1267

Noa Deane's Homage to 'The Old-Skool'

Noa Deane and Shane Fletcher brings us this clip equipped with fast tunes and weird editing

Video Nathaniel Curran Ripping at Home
1628

Nathaniel Curran Ripping at Home

Kyle MacLennan follows Nathaniel Curran tearing apart his home breaks.