Watch: Never lose hope

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Not all searches lead to six foot perfection.

As surfers we understand this truth.

And it's why, in the quest for authenticity, some marketing campaigns occasionally miss the mark. Because surfers themselves miss the mark - though it's not through lack of trying.

Which brings me to this clip, which at ten minutes or so is a longish one. You may not want to put yourself through it, because - spoiler alert! - they don't get great waves. But me, I was enthralled. Loved it! The lengths that Natxo, Aritz, and Kepa go to chasing a once-a-decade swell to an unknown corner of a surf-averse nation. They get close, but no-one will help them complete the mission, they fight authorities and they keep trying.

You understand that inexorable will to surf, surely?

The best line falls to Kepa Acero who speaks philosophically of their misadventure and calls it a "praise to failure". 

Praise indeed...

 

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simba commented Thursday, 1 Nov 2018 at 5:07pm

Never lose hope....! great story and adventure,could have also been perfect , but ya never know unless you go.

simba

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tubeshooter commented Thursday, 1 Nov 2018 at 6:48pm

An experience wave pools can't offer, except for the 'authorities' ..awesome.

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wax-on-danielson commented Thursday, 1 Nov 2018 at 9:48pm

Think I would choose a wave pool over this

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crg commented Thursday, 1 Nov 2018 at 9:59pm

India...in MP's famous words...I could say but I won't.

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Island Bay commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 4:05am

I know it's too fast (and it looks too fast on google maps), but why would they name it?

Always interesting to see Kepa's adventures, though. He really does go the extra mile.

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gunther commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 6:42am

Has anyone worked out what is roughly the perfect peel angle for a shortboard wave, or is it not that simple? I'm sure swell direction plays a big factor...but they could have saved themselves some mozzie bites

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stunet commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 6:56am

Here's an article we did on peel rate:

https://www.swellnet.com/news/coastal-creationism/2015/10/19/coastal-creationism-part-1-basic-reef-shapes

I think it may have had more to do with swell direction than the angle of the point. Bit more south and it could be a totally different wave.

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gunther commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 9:35am

Thanks, i think wave size is a pretty strong factor too - i know some waves that are unsurfably fast in a smaller swell but break perfect when bigger

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stunet commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 9:46am

Yeah, bang on. There's a shallow continental shelf where they surfed so it's gonna wipe the energy off even the biggest swells.

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memlasurf commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 3:46pm

Impossibles in Bali is doable the bigger it gets with a bigger board. Bit of a burger though.

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dinnerdish commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 6:32am

Awesome video...so authentic

arohabro

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goofyfoot commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 7:09am

Nice adventure anyway

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Bungan33 commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 9:27am

Loved it! Suuuuuch a nice change to the manufactured, slick marketing reels of "discovery" - where you know they were choppered or flown Business class by the powers that be....

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Sprout commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 12:07pm

Great clip. Nice to see rather less ego for a change.

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Liquidline commented Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 12:32pm

Another spot further north with potential
20.431851, 86.814178

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jdog commented Saturday, 3 Nov 2018 at 9:50am

Um, I remember specific waves from trips 20 years ago.

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t-diddy commented Saturday, 3 Nov 2018 at 3:12pm

so sic!!!

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spencie commented Saturday, 3 Nov 2018 at 7:02pm

Great to see something different.

easterly

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uncle_leroy commented Saturday, 3 Nov 2018 at 7:23pm

Have had quite a few day trips that turn into convincing the weakest member that "you don't need to go to work tomorrow mate, waves will be good tomorrow, lets have an arvo surf, grab some takeaway grub, carton or two of beer and lets just sleep in our board bags down the beach, won't be that cold tonight, smoke from the fire will keep the mozzies away"
Always ends up being the worst nights sleep ever, freezing cold, eaten alive by mozzies/midgies and a hangover next day and swell has dropped. Great times

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tubeshooter commented Saturday, 3 Nov 2018 at 7:58pm

haha classic. "convincing the weakest member".. love it.. Peer pressure at its finest.

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toneranger commented Saturday, 3 Nov 2018 at 9:21pm

absolutely loved this story.if your all around a dinner table telling storys about your travels the best ones are those that went wrong.actually just got back from three weeks in india today,and i can totally understand the boys frustrations at the communication problems and worst of all indian burearocacy.palms have to be greased

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lawncigar commented Sunday, 4 Nov 2018 at 5:42pm

those boys were in Cerebral Malaria territory.
good on them, but it only takes one mozzie with it to get involved...

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jaunkemps commented Tuesday, 6 Nov 2018 at 10:27am

l have some places pinned on GE that look similar but are main land India, hope L get there one day to check it out, theres many spots around the world to go check, get out there homies........Giddyup

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