Watch: Ten Mesmerizing Minutes Of Skeleton Bay

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Stu Nettle (stunet)
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Call it a primer of sorts...

With winter in the southern hemi swinging into gear and the westerly storm track running closer to the continents, many eyes are watching and waiting for an incursion up the South Atlantic. A big enough swell with just enough angle to get into Skeleton Bay.

But there's no need to wait in silence when the crew from Now Now have posted up raw footage from the biggest swell there last year. You know what to expect but I'll guarantee the footage will startle you anyway.

It's mostly a bunch of Saffas with advanced degrees in speed management, but there's Taj on the sand and Kiama's Aron Cox disappearing below the waterline too.

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blackers Thursday, 4 Jul 2024 at 10:04pm

Great perspective from down the line looking into the barrel.

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southernraw Saturday, 6 Jul 2024 at 7:40pm

yeah loved that angle too @blackers.

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Mishad Thursday, 4 Jul 2024 at 11:50pm

tickets are booked for tomorrow...

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Mcface Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 11:17am

Unreal, let us know how you get on, would be good to get a first hand account.

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Mishad Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 1:32pm

Yeah will see. The angles on the forecast look a bit off (south) for my liking but hopefully the size and period can help it wrap in there on a couple of those days. Maybe Craig can have some input here. Usually 222 minimum and the guys start booking tickets or packing the 4x4 and doing the Long drive (27 hrs from my house). But this swell doesn't get around that far at least according to some of the models.

Been 7 years or so since my last visit and I'm still remembering some of those barrels so even just 1 or 2 drainers and I'd be content.

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goofyfoot Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 3:05pm

Are you in SA mishad?

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Mishad Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 4:05pm

I certainly am GF.

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Craig Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 3:49pm

Yeah looks a bit south and small. Should be some ok waves.

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Mishad Tuesday, 9 Jul 2024 at 1:25am

So we've had waves, barrels, beatings, broke 2 of my 3 boards, kited it today too when the wind came in...6 to 8 ft solid (west oz scale). A few pros getting around. Boards now in for repair in time for the next swell.

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Mishad Tuesday, 9 Jul 2024 at 1:31am

So we've had waves, barrels, beatings, broke 2 of my 3 boards, kited it today too when the wind came in...6 to 8 ft solid (west oz scale). A few pros getting around. Boards now in for repair in time for the next swell.

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goofyfoot Tuesday, 9 Jul 2024 at 9:14am

You lucky man.

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Craig Tuesday, 9 Jul 2024 at 9:29am

Wow sick. I didn't look at the storm too closely but wouldn't have expected 6-8ft. 3x overhead?

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Mishad Wednesday, 10 Jul 2024 at 3:05pm

Let's call it solid 4 to 6 consistent all day with 8 ft bombs occasionally to keep everyone honest. My first go around of the morning involved a solid set I wanted no part of and of every bit of 8 ft. But saying that the bank has changed since I was there in 2017...seems more bend in it and top 1.5km breaks further from the beach meaning a big wide deep gutter to paddle across before you get to the impact zone. It could of been the south angle of the swell too affecting quality but I found it more sectiony and random rips appeared in the lineup pushing you out to sea when you least expect it....a bit like Puerto. I think in a more west swell, it would improve as my previous trips were well above 225 up to 235.

I will say I was up there during that big west swell in may 2013 and that was scary as f$#k. But a couple of the sets on Monday had that feel to it. That day was def 6 to 8 with 10 ft sets and some Hawaiian there I remember calling it 12 ft...it wasn't fun, but intense and scary the whole time trying to snag a smaller one down the spit and then get in away from the death closeout at the end.

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Craig Wednesday, 10 Jul 2024 at 3:06pm

Awesome, thanks for the detailed run down. Interesting re the flash rips when it's more south..

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Juliang Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 11:33am

They couldn’t think of any music to do it justice!

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martymcnab Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 12:54pm

From an oldie - I just sat and watched 10 mins of barrels - each wave pretty much exactly the same, but I just sat and watched the lot in awe. Surfers never get sick of watching tubes.
Put on a 10 min video of guys doing airs, and half of us, at least, would close it before 2 mins were over.
I'm just saying....

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WaffleStomp Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 1:01pm

The Donkey kicking! Great angles, jealous Friday mind surf, I'll have to settle for an early knock off schnitzel and pint instead.

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Elliedog Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 1:19pm

Goodness me!!!!...so good to see a proper front on take instead of the helmet camera and drone business.

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Plasticspastic Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 3:18pm

I keep seeing footage of Taj B frothing out on the waves when he visited.. but I have not seen any waves of his... did he score? or now that he is not sponsored, has he been blocked out (ala black mirror style).... never to grace our viewing lenses again?

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Tim Fisher Monday, 8 Jul 2024 at 2:36pm

Not blacked out - he’d be banking clips for his own project and would have bought out any other filmers to ensure none of his waves get leaked. same way you don’t see any footage of JJ or Nathan anywhere other than their own channels.

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memlasurf Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 4:23pm

Looks tricky to get into if you pick the wrong one I just saw myself going over the falls.

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gnomen Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 6:29pm

A reality check for anyone not at the top of their game, one of those waves looked not that different from the rest but all of a sudden that guy early on had no chance, too slow to his feet, know that scenario!

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Juliang Saturday, 6 Jul 2024 at 8:59am

A long way to go to snap your board on the first takeoff attempt

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velocityjohnno Tuesday, 9 Jul 2024 at 1:01pm

2:12 sand to be mig-welded into undies

lest we forget

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lostdoggy Friday, 5 Jul 2024 at 7:01pm

Still beggars belief this wave.

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Juliang Saturday, 6 Jul 2024 at 8:06am

Then there’s the sweep ,

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ChrisR Saturday, 6 Jul 2024 at 12:24pm

Amazing wave, however, it gets a bit banal after 10 minutes. Why do these videos never show more take-offs and negotiating the lineup?

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birdhouse Wednesday, 10 Jul 2024 at 1:07pm

Agree, would be great to see more take-offs. I bet there would be a few lip launches.

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John_Clark Sunday, 7 Jul 2024 at 4:33pm

It would be so difficult to pick the right line and manage your speed backhand out there and impossible to do little speed pumps like you can on your forehand. Explains why most of the footy you see is goofy footers. Would have loved to see some waves from Taj to see how he went.

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zenagain Sunday, 7 Jul 2024 at 7:46pm

I'm guessing by the amount of cameras there and the amount of footage out there, that question has already been answered.

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Mishad Wednesday, 10 Jul 2024 at 3:10pm

It's easier than you think on your backhand, really helps you understand how high you can be on the wave, rail control to keep it high as possible and tight without getting pitched to maximize the speed. And get your pumps in in between the sections.

But yes goofys have an advantage for sure simply to be able to give it a couple of pumps within the tube.

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t-diddy Tuesday, 9 Jul 2024 at 6:49pm

it really sucks up below sea level