For most of the year, the iconic swell at Cape Solander, located in the Komay Botany Bay National Park just outside Sydney lays dormant. But it was one weekend in late July that it finally woke up and unleashed its sheer power, proving to be one of the scariest and most powerful waves on the planet. Luckily local rippers Justin 'Jughead' Allport, Jesse Polock, Peter Standlick, Mal Holmann, and Mitch Parkinson were ready to throw themselves into the lion's den and take on this behemoth of a wave.
Josie Prendergast's surfing style is timeless, with the young showing grace beyond her years as she effortlessly dances across waves on her turqoise longboard. Her balletic technique is showcased in Gaps Sabuero’s video, “Born Here." The film explores her roots of growing up on Siargao Island in the Philippines, and when coupled with spoken word narration and Prendergast’s effortless abilities, the edit feels more like a piece of art than a traditional surf
The winter big wave season this year has been a mixed bag, but no break has fired as consistently as Nazare. The break known as "Big Mama" has been roaring all season, and madmen like Sebastian Steudtner and Ross Clarke-Jones have been reveling in the mayhem of the Portuguese powerhouse, catching hellish bombs and throwing down sessions for the ages. In mid-January, Big Mama recorded one of her heaviest days on record, and this past week, she again came to life. While it might not have been
Nazaré, Portugal…where big-wave surfing dreams are either made, or broken (very violently). It takes a small amount of madness to drop in on these monster waves, but it must take a certifiable lunatic to try to walk a highline over them. Joshua Leopolz, a 26-year old German slackliner, did just that, rigging a 100-foot highline between two rocks during a winter storm and one of the biggest swells of the season. Walking a highline is hard anywhere, but getting continuously pounded by