The guns of Easter Island - video

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Mataveri on Easter Island is a tricky bastard of a wave. It's a big wave spot, but it's also a hollow barrel. It requires a big board, but it's technical. It's a red line run down the point with no room for error, so good luck to natural footers adjusting the heel side rail with eight foot of foam in the face.

And that probably explains why every surfer in this video is a goofy. There's some fantastic big wave barrel riding on show, particularly from old Natxo Gonzalez who always seems to pop up when there's a barrel to be stuffed.

Don't expect the polished viewing of Skeleton Bay or Desert Point, but instead you get a radically challenging big wave with rides that'd illicit a huge sense of satisfaction should they be navigated to the the channel.

Good shit...

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Dave Drinkwater commented Friday, 14 Jul 2017 at 1:24pm

What an awesome clip, stripped back raw surfing...Its a good thing they didn't forget the ski.

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tonybarber commented Friday, 14 Jul 2017 at 1:24pm

Yep, good shit. I always thought after a visit by Laird H and others looking for waves there, that there were none. But, heh, This looked like a great session.

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mick-free commented Friday, 14 Jul 2017 at 1:28pm

Choice as great trip...on the bucket list

Mick Free FIFOFOMO

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crg commented Friday, 14 Jul 2017 at 1:34pm

Beautiful wave.
Got a mate who married a Chilean girl...lives in Ramon's home town now...says he is a lovely bloke and charges ridiculously hard. Surfs the local point when it's big at least 100m deeper than everyone else. Just crazy next level stuff apparently.

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memlasurf commented Friday, 14 Jul 2017 at 1:47pm

Wow great clip I can see why there are no Chilean surfers on the WCT why would you bother when you can challenge yourself on these waves. Undoable without the ski with that much water and this kills watching a anybody in a beachie doing an air of any flavour on a 3 foot wave. In awe of these fellas.

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spencie commented Friday, 14 Jul 2017 at 5:29pm

Awesome.

easterly

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 14 Jul 2017 at 6:10pm

I've seen a bit of footage of this place now, that wave looks amazing it's definitely high on my list of places to visit one day

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koromaki commented Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 at 2:31am

Without ski or boat, coming back in at this size would be a challenge