Watch: Eloy Lorenzo Junior at huge Ulus (updated)

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Can't say I've ever head of Eloy Lorenzo Junior before. Fella comes from Brazil apparently, goofyfooter....and that's about all I know. But by tomorrow much of the surfing will know his name as Eloy and Russian big wave surfer Andrey Ovchinnikov were the two blokes out at Uluwatu Bommie during today's swell.

You've seen the shaky iPhone footage, now here's something slightly better. Shame old mate reverts to slo-mo in the first video, but towards the end of the clip you get a great angle of ol' Eloy careening towards the Outside Corner on a simply enormous wave.

Second clip, which is a different wave to the first, four waves were ridden during the session, shows Lorenzo swooping off the bottom and getting tight in the pocket.

PS: I'm still coming to grips with the term "Russian big wave surfer".

And now the drone footy. Same session, different wave.

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simba commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 8:26pm

well its a fucking huge wave,must have been an awesome sight ,scary as hell i would think but what a rush seeing that line walling up for ....well forever......gotta be 30ft....?

simba

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Vic Local commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 8:34pm

That tow surfer is missing all the fun of surfing big outside corner. I can't believe anyone would pass up the chance of sitting way out to sea on a 9ft board, monitoring huge waves way beyond temples, getting caught inside, and then taking a steep-as-all-fuck drop. And then there's the fun of getting in and out of the water over the reef. That bloke doesn't know what he's missing out on with that towing malarky.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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lostdoggy commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 8:54pm

Sounds like a piece of cake.

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maka2000 commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:50am

easy peaasy maaaate

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memlasurf commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 2:20pm

Yeah where would you get in and out when it is that big. Geez you could end up at Balangan.

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pigdog commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 9:02pm

Fkn Huge.. I'm giving it a 6garry rating on size.
Love to see some footage of the cave entrance on high tide on this swell

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mikehunt207 commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 9:25pm

Cmon elroy give us one turn, just one.Giant ulus-check, helmet -check, life jacket-check, go pro-check,money enough to have a ski on Bali-check, someone to film you from the cliff-check, surfing skills-??? well you can't have everything.

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lostdoggy commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 9:35pm

No surfing skills?
ya kidding?

https://www.instagram.com/p/Blkk2UIHirC/?taken-by=simonanderson1
From last weeks swell, read the comments, he was the bloke sitting deepest and charging hardest.

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mikehunt207 commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 9:46pm

Don't do the instagram. Maybe its just the slow mode that makes him look so stiff?
Tow surfing is more about he driving the surfing part is easy. I guess there will be more rides to see coming soon

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trevortube commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:08am

Gotta agree mike.
Ample opportunity to get air (or semi floater) on that at the 3m mark, and the missed opportunity to throw in a big jon-jon carve right at the let go, right in the pocket.
Very lack lustre considering preparedness and the soft swell thats marching through up there.

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Vic Local commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 9:50pm

mikehunt207. Anyone who has surfed genuine Outside Corner would be laughing at your "do a turn" comment.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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mikehunt207 commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 10:46pm

Im talking about straight line tow surfing OC, hats off to anybody paddling out there

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stunet commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 9:20pm

Great video that takes in the whole lineup plus a big arse beard.

Go full screen.

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Gary G commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:45am

Gary reckons you’re sending mixed messages with your punctuation there, Stu.

If Gary had his way with your prose, he’d insert a hyphen (but only if you consent)

Is it a ‘Big-arse beard’, or a ‘big arse-beard’?

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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Gary G commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:49am

Gary reckons you’re sending mixed messages with your punctuation there, Stu.

If Gary had his way with your prose, he’d insert a hyphen (but only if you consent)

Is it a ‘Big-arse beard’, or a ‘big arse-beard’?

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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memlasurf commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 2:23pm

That's from the pool they stuck on the rock. Took them two goes to get it right. Amazing shot and it is actually coping with the size testament to an amazing reef.

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udo commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 9:38pm

That is fuckin wild !
Balibelly insta have part of Eloys wave...'Red Rocket Man'

Jim Banks insta - Jim was spectator only today.......With a Good comment from Murray Bourton...

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nicko74 commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 9:40pm

One of those rare occasions where you could just about have it to yourself

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Vic Local commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 10:16pm

Empty or very uncrowded huge Uluwatu is not rare at all. It happens all the time. Once it hits 10 foot the crowd thins dramatically because you've got to be prepared to take an absolute beating for your rides. A young bloke tried to get me to join him one day at the bombie. The cave was madness with spray coming up the stairs and almost hitting the ding repair shops. The young bloke surfed it alone for 4 hours and got two waves. Crazy bastard.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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carpetman commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 10:07pm

Pretty crazy how many big wave guys went up to nias when this was going down in a near empty line up.

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Mango Carafino commented Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 at 10:55pm

I saw it with my own eyes, the only way you where going to safely negotiate with Mother Nature today was with a machine, i.e. jet ski. The biggest I have seen it in over 15 years. Rouge sets popped out of nowhere to catch anyone sitting two seconds too far in and I saw no one out anywhere along the coastline who did not have their ass handed to them in a matter of minutes. It was non stop sets after sets. Airport Rights was looking like Jaws on a clean 15 to 20 foot day.

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surfiebum commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 9:47am

Take any pics of Airport rights?

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evosurfer commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 12:06am

That was simply amazing and bigger than giant, insane actually
and im not trying to down play this guy he is a serious competitor.
Imo I do think though with jet just to get out there and cover for safety the
big wave heavy weights on their 10ft guns could paddle that and should.

IF im not surfing im racing

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evosurfer commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 12:06am

That was simply amazing and bigger than giant, insane actually
and im not trying to down play this guy he is a serious competitor.
Imo I do think though with jet just to get out there and cover for safety the
big wave heavy weights on their 10ft guns could paddle that and should.

IF im not surfing im racing

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 1:07am

stunet thanks for sharing slapstick Surf Flick
Surfer cam Dude goes flying off the handle,down go the menus takes out breakfast table.
Please pass on my regards to dead & dying Token Hot Resort chick.

Surfer Cam Dude then elbows Concierge who surrenders his Box seat.
Cam dude running full pelt cameos some dynamo trick with the still closed window.
Just in the nick of time to run the clock down for last lick of the wave...He claims his prize!

Not done our Cam Hero prompts a Thumbs up from entire Resort Staff!
His drink is still there waiting for him & the best surf ever as main course. (Laugh a minute!)

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Legrope commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 1:18am

Where's Laurie?

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stunet commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:37am

Nias.

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udo commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 9:11am

Wheres Sancho ? normally all over Nias at size
RCJ...towing ugly cold bumpy 'The Right ' ?

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indo-dreaming commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:09am

Crazy..

Hows the shape of the wave for a thing that big it's perfect.

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udo commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:29am

Nice conditions on Bukit this morning and a bit tamer than yesterday...but still plenty of size .

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Island Bay commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:37am

What a swell!

I'm still amazed, and happy, that an obscure Brazilian/Russian tow team scored the world's best waves to themselves, while the pros were all over Nias and the Mentawais. Bravo, guys!
Wonder where they launched the ski. Jimbaran?

Any news from Impossibles and Balangan? They must have been huge and possibly perfect. Nungas? Oooweee, I would have loved to see that.

Meanwhile, I surfed fat 2ft beachbreak lefts in 12C water and a stiff, icy offshores - and had a great time :-)

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fraser-gordon commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:40am

Looking at beardy's footage which give's it some overall view of how insane the swell was is Ulu's the world's best big wave?Would have to be up there.Water footage would of shown how wide some of those wave's were.I think the world's best big wave rider's are kicking themselves at the lost opportunity hope they don't have to wait another 20 years.

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maka2000 commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 8:56am

i didn't know the russians can surf.

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Haydos commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 9:25am
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udo commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 10:23am

Unreal ...best thing ever...meanwhile the ski driver has no idea if surfers still up and riding
busy behind scanning whitewater for board or rider.

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stunet commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 10:24am

Wondered about that. No spray coming off the top = no evidence he's still up. Does he keep gunning down the line?

You'd want that ski close. Wouldnt wanna take too many on the head.

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kaiser commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 1:25pm

Maybe the drone is the giveaway. If the drone's stopped: man down...

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donweather commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 10:12pm

It has to be that for sure as the ski driver is flat strap not even looking for the surfer.

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udo commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 9:29am

jason lunn photo- insta
Johhny D'amore paddle in on a 11'0 yesterday

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yocal commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 2:09pm

In some of the biggest surf i've been in (half the size of that stuff), I know that it will amount to 1 or 2 waves then its over and there's no getting back out. Picking the right one is paramount, and going the wrong one and getting the beating of your life is by default the end of the session.
I can't contemplate the level of patience & precision this guy had to wait 4hrs for this to come through... the stamina it would take to maintain enough paddle strength to get into something that big after 4 hours of hard work, and then the pay-off of getting a massive one which then offered up a big hollow pit.

Go deeper Taylor, go deeper!

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JosephStalin commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 9:42am

Russians have always been as best surfers in the universe in russia

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Chipper commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 9:55am

That's what i'm talking about...........yeeeha..... giddyup!

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ron commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 11:05am

Any more on this story? Who was it? how did they get in etc?

I've not surfed ulus with real size, what are the logistics in terms of paddling out? Do you still use the cave and just get washed down the line then paddle around?

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Craig commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 10:16am

Yeah apparently all good, with the guy being from Amsterdam and washing in at Bingin.

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goofyfoot commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 11:17am

Fuck I reckon I’d nearly be done after that.
What was he doing at temples?!?

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maka2000 commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 10:53am

the russians claming it was oleg not eloy, so who was it? are both or them gooffy?

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udo commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 1:27pm

ron -Matt Aldridge surfed Ulu yesterday on a 9'0 Padillac - A 1hr wide paddle from Padang Padang to score 3 Bombs..good effort.

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Island Bay commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 2:05pm

Saw his insta post. Fark, that's a good effort - and that Padillac looks sweet.

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mick-free commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 2:26pm

Hows the ribs on the face. Love to have some tech talk from Maurice on the bottom curves as he is trying new stuff with Ross as he doesn't make a single turn. It's just the one speed.

Personally Johnny D's shits all over the tow. He paddle wave is 7-8 times overhead and he got the biggest wave Muzza swell too. No instagram no photos no slow mo..just a lord

mysurf has a good link for a Nias vid

Mick Free FIFOFOMO

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memlasurf commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 2:33pm

Amazing and so perfect. So used to seeing just take offs on those chubby Portugal waves. This is sooo good and soo long. In many waves very old school with a jet ski. Keep it up fellas.

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oldman commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 3:57pm

I reckon a ski would have a problem getting in to pick you up if you fell on one those.
The sets were just non stop, I don't see there would be time.
They do have some balls though those ski drivers.

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Tenn commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 5:18pm

Damn

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Agitator commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 7:24pm

I'd need to wear a nappy if I was out in that stuff.....wait!...….what am I talking about, I'd never be out in that stuff.

Surfed some big stuff when a teenager growing up in the 70's and in my 20's through the 80's but now days pushing toward 60 it's more about fun, exercise and flow than adrenalin overdosing like I did when I was younger and seemingly oblivious to my own mortality, mortality of the body that is! Now it's all about the preparation for that final ride because everyone gets taken out by that wave in the end so best to be ready and know what's in store than ill prepared. ;-p

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velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 26 Jul 2018 at 7:38pm

Absolutely amazing.

How incredible is it that this year, Cloudbreak and Ulus have shown that really huge waves can churn down the line like a freight train. My image of big wave surfing was always huge peaks, big Jaws style bombies, but these waves are sectioning, setting up tubes, reverting to walls, at enormous size and over really long distances.

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dandandan commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 7:12am

https://www.instagram.com/p/BlsmUIPFmjJ/?taken-by=nickghaynes

Good story here from Nick Haynes. Paddle legend on the 11 footer snapped his board in three places, the middle section comes up with no glass on it at all. Bodyboarder who went missing swam for three hours and made it ashore at Bingin at 10pm.

Can you even surf a bodyboard in waves that big? Is that such thing as big wave swim fins? You would feel so terrifyingly small out there, flat bellied on the kind of surfcraft kids use to ride 1 foot shories, with a pair of swim fins on. Wild.

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Gary G commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 10:09am

Stu, Gary can't help but feel a little rejected that you've ignored his proposition above. Gary didn't mean to offend you - most people would jump at the offer of having their prose penetrated with Gary's hyphen, but perhaps I've moved a little too fast for you.

Do we need to talk?

Perhaps Gary needs to take his courtship a little slower, maybe we should have coffee? You can choose whichever drive-through coffee shop you love the most and feel free to order a large; Gary's payin'.

Perhaps you'd like to be the first to insert the hyphen. As the moderator you could even thrust one into this comment right here without Gary's prior consent (spoiler alert: Gary's into that sort of thing).

XOXO,

G

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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stunet commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 10:20am

Totally missed it!

Hopefully not too many people sat through the whole five minute video waiting for a big arse-beard to appear. To that sector of our readership, I apologise.

As for injecting hyphens, you'll have to look after your own, though I do suggest keeping them way from colons.

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Gary G commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 10:32am

:---------->

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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crg commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 10:25am

Some of your best Gary...

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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jayet-010 commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 3:09pm

G's comments always hit the spot. Old mate with his heavy squats and thrusts - less so (did I insert that right Gary?)

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nicko74 commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 11:31am

yep i second that crg, pissing myself!

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Island Bay commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 2:35pm

All class, Gary. Wonderful!

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spencie commented Friday, 27 Jul 2018 at 5:04pm

Sitting here breaking up Gary!

easterly

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udo commented Monday, 19 Nov 2018 at 8:59am

Almost forgotten this Tow Day
Epic !