Watch: Roby D'Amico // Toxic Point, Italy
Did you happen to read Craig's swell analysis article last week? The one about the largest wave ever recorded off Croatia..?
If so, you may have noticed the chart he supplied with gale-force winds sweeeping south into the Mediterranean off France, then projecting NE across the boot of Italy and into the Adriatic Sea where they whipped up said record-breaking wave.
While those winds and associated rainfall were hammering the shores of the Med, ol' Roby D'Amico was hunched over the wheel of his sporty coupe deep into a six hour drive. First rule of surfing in the Med: act fast. The waves you see now won't be there tomorrow, or even this afternoon, so you need to be on site when the weather turns.
"Scoring good waves in Italy is very hard," says Roby, "but when it happens, take a deep breath and make the most of it, because it will not happen again anytime soon."
This clip appears to show a classic slab, rock-bottomed and short, yet it's a rivermouth. A temporary wave created by the heavy rains flushing toxic water into the sea.
The tight-cropped opening sequences gives way to pulled-back vision as he starts to figure out the wave.