Ain't No Wave Pool - video

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

What if I told you there was a sand-bottom right that's 5 kilometres long, breaks 20 metres off the beach, holds 6 foot of swell and has only been surfed by 4 people on the entire planet? Would you believe me?

What if good-ol’-having-a-year-off-Mick Fanning was one of those surfers, and he told you that this wave had him haulin’ arse like an F1 driver down a strip of sand that never seemed to end. Would you believe him?

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tangles 65 commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 3:21pm

Any ideas? Mozambique?

tangles

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 3:23pm

Lucky fuck.

I'll see you there in a couple of years Mick.

Me and 8000 other fuckwits.

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chad schomberg commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 3:28pm

haha. Make that 8001

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stunet commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 3:32pm

They've done well to hide all clues. Fuck knows I've just scanned the whole vid and photos for 'em

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viccokook commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 3:36pm

farrrkkk. Bit quick for us mere mortals but i reckon even i could sneak a couple of milliseconds tube time before copping a lip to the head. Not sure if i'm jealous or envious, either way you lucky fucker Mick.

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Island Bay commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 4:04pm

So fast. Good to see an epic righthand barrel after all the Skeleton Bay footage.
I'm guessing Indian Ocean, in a country that starts with either o or i - or is it m?

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surfstarved commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 3:48pm

Antarctica? Somalia? Yemen? Ashmore Reef?

Don't let the bastards grind you down

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nicksanta commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 3:55pm

Potential clue right at the end - "you run up the beach and there's guys just taking a dump".

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udo commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 4:01pm

Eugene has already blabbered the location to Mad Hueys

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djays commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 4:09pm

Could be Lennox??? Or maybe a bit too much sand- on the point???

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 4:26pm

I'd say ya better chuck a camera on it!
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freddieffer commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 4:48pm

Hmmm, surfing in boardies, warm water, looks like its hot weather, heaps of sand everywhere and likely an inhospitable location. Acute angle of the swell hitting it - maybe a lot of refraction at play here or an unusual swell direction or possibly a diluted portion of a huge winter swell that finds its way into a tucked away desert locale. Strong (trade?) breeze in the background too. North Atlantic winter swell meeting 1-2 semi-tropical sandy West African coastlines with tucked away SW facing finger of coast? I'll leave it there.

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offshoreozzie commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 4:56pm

freddieffer - yeah they just shouldn't release this kind of stuff if they want to keep it low key. Never looked in that region in any detail orinterest and found it in under 10mins. All those clues are accurate and easy leads to where this is. You're right on the fraction - you can see it out the back in the vid and it also indicates a clear "top of a point" setup with the swell noise and bounce.

Take that to google maps and it's a no brainer. You can even clearly see the lines running down it.

Looks like the trades go hard early though and there ain't any protection...

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 5:07pm

Well done boys !

Seems like the first dumb cunt to ruin any chance of getting an amazing wave to themselves by showing off their sleuthing skills turned up an hour and 27 minutes after the first post.

Fuck this world.

Actually, the world is fine.

Fuck people.

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Island Bay commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 5:34pm

I don't think that's the place anyway. Would have decent upwelling; not boardshort friendly. Could be totally wrong, of course.

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amb commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 5:41pm

average Feb sea temp 27C!

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carpetman commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 5:48pm

The stupidity!

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carpetman commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 5:07pm

Yeah, please delete the post.

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amb commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 5:20pm

spot on freddieffer, i found it in less than 5 mins

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alexsmith1 commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 6:01pm

A few other really good looking spots about 200KM north!

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 5:21pm

Wow what a wave.

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talkingturkey commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 5:30pm

Hell is other people - Sartre

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stunet commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 6:29pm

From what I can see scouting that coastline, and I just cruised from Laayoune to Dakar in half a beer, is that if the wave is there then it's a goddamn fickle bastard. That might be stating the obvious but I reckon it's even less reliable than people might think.

For one, it's gotta be somewhere that breaks very rarely otherwise we'd already know about this wave. Plenty of travel crews have gone through there. Western Sahara has been peaceful since 1991, Mauritiania since 2008, so travelling surfers wouldn't be that uncommon. Hell, I personally know a bloke from Manly who's been through there. Plus there's JS Callahan, Kepa Acero, and a thousand other Euros bored with Ankar Point.

So if it is here - and not Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, India, or a deserted island somewhere - then it's gotta be a protected stretch. Somewhere that only breaks very occasionally. That would explain it's off-the-gridness. And yeah, there are a couple of spots that face away from the North Atlantic swell engine and are offshore in the trades.

However, a quick look in the history function on Ogle Earth shows mucho sand flow. One in particular, a place I think it could be, has changed radically, even in the last three years. In some old views it looks like a prime time Crescent Head set up - burgers for days.

It's a coastline in flux. Bays are stacked with sand for one satellite pass, gutted the next.

I say good luck to anyone who's gonna put in the effort and search for it. You're gonna need it - dialling in swell and wind won't be enough.

Lastly, if you do know where it is, or strongly suspect you know, don't be a duffer and post location details here.

Put them in an email to me...

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freddieffer commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 10:47pm

Stu, I just took the visual clues from the clip, evaluated what I saw, and had a stab at it, based on the clue that the mindless quantities of sand has a reverse Skeleton Bay look about it. It's obviously in a hot desert climate with warm water, so I guessed north of Skeleton Bay.

Had a feret around, and found it in 10 minutes. Just arsy I guess. The refracted energy was the other significant clue, therefore, it would need a very large long period swell to find it's way in there.

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GuySmiley commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:05pm

If the Rip Curl crew were there then maybe 100's of RC corporates will already already know its location. If its a regular breaking wave its all over then.

That said, its just great that waves like this go undiscovered for so long or only works occasionally (as per some comments above)

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bbqtong commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:06pm

Was there in '09 for 2 weeks got it good once. Be different next time it is on...

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:10pm

Jimbaran Bay.

I was watching the boys film over a beer and a ripper seafood dinner.

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tootr commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:43pm

Put a wave cam there.

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Timmy49 commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:48pm

How gives a fuck if there is some footage. Someone was going to do it. Put money on it's fickle and you have to be on it to get it. Who has that money?

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Timmy49 commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:48pm

How gives a fuck if there is some footage. Someone was going to do it. Put money on it's fickle and you have to be on it to get it. Who has that money?

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barley commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:49pm

How does it compare to 'la jolla'? the last righthand tuberama rip curl fucked up!!

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Wharfjunkie commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 7:53pm

Where were the 6 foot sets?

As for the spot attention MethHeads of the Gold Coast theres a $1000 bounty on Mick Fannings passport.

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Clivus Multrum commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 8:12pm

I'd give that wave 5 Garys

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Wharfjunkie commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 8:32pm

Also have to congratulate Swellnet on sharing a clip featuring King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard the featuring song Rattle Snake should have been saved for an upcoming cyclone swell clip at snapper though would be much more fitting.

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wally commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 8:35pm

Just to confuse things, it looks like the Caribbean to me.

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JackGregory commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 9:56pm

Ha, 8ks long ?, more like 2k's. sand doesn't look like it sits too well. There's a stretch of sand at "22.328973, -16.503424" . Went there on holidays a year ago, never thought of bringing my board, but man once I laid eyes on that stretch of coast, I started saving every penny to go back this year. If you've been, you've been. It's amazing how many undiscovered waves there are out there. I recommend to you all to have the North Atlantic on your bucket list, you won't regret it.

Yeah nah yeah nah

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green0 commented Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 at 10:04am

Ocean temperatures are 17 c at that location, so unless Mick suffered without some rubber on purpose? Most likely not though.

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JackGregory commented Thursday, 16 Feb 2017 at 7:19am

Sorry mate, that's not the spot that was rather a spot I visited on holidays and was just sharing some knowledge.

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mibs-oner commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 9:03pm

i'm going with something on a north eastern coastline with that morning light/shadow?

Mibs

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stanfrance commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 9:14pm

You guys are a bunch of morons. Maybe when you all get there together you can strap on your GoPro's, slap each other on the arse and tell everyone how hardcore you are.
There used to be at least some code in surfing, not anymore.

Stan France

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alexsmith1 commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 10:10pm

Do you honestly think in this century people wouldn't try and figure out where the spot is? Let alone discuss it online!! Obviously is a fickle, isolated spot to get to. Relax bro and enjoy how fucked technology is!

If I had to cance to surf this spot I would shove 2 go pros up my ass! I'm sure you wouldn't mind a poo stance clip would ya??

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stanfrance commented Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 at 7:23am

If you can shove 2 gopro's up your ass good luck to you....you should fit right in

Stan France

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gunther commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 9:18pm

The boardshorts are really throwing my guesses off. Unless Mick is freezing his tits off just to confuse us.

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 9:29pm

Ive been reading the comments under this vid all over the place and it's funny how everyone thinks they know where it is, or have surfed it etc.

There is plenty of places on google earth that could be it, but i doubt the ones people thinking it is are it, if it's fickle chances are on google earth even with the history pics might not even show it with swell.

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JackGregory commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 10:15pm

Agreed Indo,
There's gonna be tonnes of similar waves, and google earth isn't always the solution most of the time. A close mate of mine has surfed this spot a handful of times, although has also stated more than half the time the banks are just not right. The only real way to score it is to discover it and get contact details with the locals. It's all predominantly dependant on sand, then a swell generated by a fetch that lingers between the straight most of the year. Getting there is also a mission. And if your really keen to know, a massive lows just about to destroy its coastline tomorrow ;) meaning bye bye sand

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gunther commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 11:04pm

That helps :)

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Eugene Green commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 10:26pm

Some (most) people will never learn.
Another one blown.

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Dean Mc commented Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 at 11:05pm

I have been reading a book about the waves in Mogadishu and I was checking out Raas Cabaad on the weekend and thought it would be nice on a southerly swell. Not a good spot for a surf camp by the looks of things. The only problem I have with my guess is the green patches on the dunes.

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loose_lips_sink... commented Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 at 12:12am

Yep....My sentiments exactly Eugene Green,Hope Rip Curl feels pretty proud of themselves with this "wheres wally" type marketing ploy in the hopes of increasing their Boardshort sales numbers at the expense of potentially crowding out a spot again or getting crew in-experienced in this part of the world seriously messed up in the act of trying to find it.

Not like they haven't got form for this sort of stuff before...Regardless of how quick the genie was going to eventually come of the Mentawai bottle,No one really saw photo's or footage of the place thru the excess & media fuelled 80's except for a very select & colourful few that kept there mouths shut...till Rip Curl couldn't help themselves in the early 90's and look what that become within a decade or 2...

I will admit to my curiosity getting the better of me & playing their game of the back of seeing this...and Im pretty sure within 5 minutes of doing some digital sleuth work..I narrowed down the area,found footage of the same wave ( albeit a lot smaller ) and quite likely narrowed down 2 swell systems that probably this footage was shot from (hindcasting back from the date marker in time of the type of board Mick was riding)....and here in lies the problem in this digital age of exposing spots this way...Marketing departments have to know that tying to sell product under the guise of "the search" or "somewhere" doesn't mean SFA in this digital realtime era if they genuinely want to protect it/conserve it.

I would pretty much guarantee that on the next favourable swell/wind combo that there will more than 4WD's cruising that stretch of sand than its ever seen before off the back of this clip & the (very real) minefield of hype it will bring to this area could be quite dangerous to crew chasing their next 3 minutes of internet fame.

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gustavlundeberg commented Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 at 3:09am

FUUUUUUUCK I'M JEALOUS!!!!!