Best ever wave? Pro surfer’s epic two minute ride

A Hawaiian surfer has filmed himself riding a wave for nearly a mile off the coast of Namibia.

Koa Smith, 23, rode the “once-in-a-lifetime” wave for two whole minutes as he travelled through an unheard-of eight barrels – the hollow formed by the curve of the wave.

He and videographer Chris Rogers filmed the 120-second ride using both a drone that hovered overhead and a GoPro attached to a mouthpiece worn by the surfer.

“There was a point where I was at four barrels and I was already like, ‘This is amazing’,” Mr Smith said.

“It looked like the wave was over, but it formed again. I figured, the drone’s there, I might as well stay on.

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“And I was like, ‘Whoa!’ This went from a good wave to like a life-changing wave.”

The surfing champion put his success down to doing his research, having mastered the art of reading weather charts to predict when and where the greatest ocean swells will hit.

He is more than willing to drop everything in pursuit of searching for the perfect wave, his publicist Ryan Runke said.

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“He can be in one place one day, and you call him and he says, ‘I’m taking off for Africa tomorrow,'” he said.

Skeleton Bay was the location of his greatest ride to date, which is a stretch of beach fronting the South Atlantic on the western coast of Africa.

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Mr Smith’s journey involved a two-day plane journey from Hawaii followed by a drive through the desert, but it was worth it.

“I’d like to think that everything I’ve done my whole life led up to that moment,” he said.


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