Two Days of Impossibly Long Namibian Kegs

Jason Lock

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Updated 35d ago

There's no easy way to surf Namibia's Skeleton Bay. Home to those stamina-sapping lefthand tubes, it's heavy, beyond what the clips, edits and POVs will show. The expenses sure stack up too, but when what's on offer is this divine, it's difficult to shy away from such an opportunity.

A global crew pulled the trigger and jetted to west Africa, just as a pumping swell was due to rifle into the coast. But of course, the swell arrived late, which is customary when making a half-way-round-the-world trip, but Friday got good. Real good. Just check Brett Barley's POV below, "longest barrel of my life," he says - no easy feat given Barley's barrel prowess. Brett made the trip with Oliver Kurtz, Koa Smith was there too

Shooting from the shore was South African Grant Scholtz. He said: “Friday morning was met with a solid swell and very light offshore wind. There was talk of it can't get any better on the beach, but then a call was made placing it at around 7 out of 10 – epic by anyone's standards. It was however the Donkey and very difficult to get into and lots of broken boards. It's an expensive trip as it is so far away and yeah, you break boards. 

Calvin Amore's first time in the desert. The Cape Town local couldn't believe his luck.

Calvin Amore's first time in the desert. The Cape Town local couldn't believe his luck.

© 2018 - Grant Scholtz

“There were the usual injuries with knees and ankles being the most common. Saturday also had some nuggets in the morning before the wind went onshore. All in all, there will be its of people who will be disappointed they never made this trip.”

Sean Payne from St Francis.

Sean Payne from St Francis.

© 2018 - Grant Scholtz

Koa Smith on an absolute freight train.

Koa Smith on an absolute freight train.

© 2018 - Grant Scholtz

Gigs Cilliers QS commentator walking up to the point.

Gigs Cilliers QS commentator walking up to the point.

© 2018 - Grant Scholtz

Cover shot: Shaun Holmes and Paul Daniels watch from the beach by Grant Scholtz.