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VIDEO: Maximum Barrel with Nic Von Rupp at Skeleton Bay, Namibia

Namibia's Skeleton Coast doesn't have a lot going for it. The desert coast is inhospitable, home to dense fog, less than half an inch of annual rainfall, and over 1000 rusting shipwrecks. The local San people referred to it as "The Land That God Made in Anger," which is both quite poetic and a pretty solid indication that it's not a very nice place.

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The major draw, besides shipwreck-sightseeing, is Skeleton Bay, home to some of Earth's longest and most consistent barrels. Nic Von Rupp, alongside Koa Rothman and Benji Brand, headed down there to see what all the hype is about. As it turns out, the hype is warranted, as the trio learned while surfing barrels for up to a full minute per wave.

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VIDEO: How to Fall in a Closeout Barrel with Nate Florence
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VIDEO: How to Fall in a Closeout Barrel with Nate Florence

VIDEO: How to Fall in a Closeout Barrel with Nate Florence

Have you ever been surfing at Pipeline in Hawaii, caught a perfect barrel, and realized that you're not going to make it out of the barrel before it crushes you? No? We haven't either, but it happens. So, in anticipation of a future surf trip during which we'll have developed the skills requisite to get barreled, there's no one we'd rather have prepare us for the perils of a closeout than Nate Florence.  RELATED: WSL Cancels 2020 Season, Makes Tour Format Changes Given how much Nate surfs,

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Stream the Portuguese Surf Film Festival for FREE
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Stream the Portuguese Surf Film Festival for FREE

Stream the Portuguese Surf Film Festival for FREE

It’s certainly been a weird time for surfing. The WSL's season was canceled. Who knows when we’ll be able to safely hop on a plane for that dream surf getaway. Not to mention all the beaches throughout the U.S. that have been closed altogether because of the pandemic. These days a little good news wouldn’t be so bad, which is why the Portuguese Surf Film Festival decided to offer their incredible line up of films for free through a virtual event. Sure, it doesn’t beat being on the beaches of

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Maya Gabeira on Her Record-Breaking Wave and Female Surfing
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Maya Gabeira on Her Record-Breaking Wave and Female Surfing

Maya Gabeira on Her Record-Breaking Wave and Female Surfing

Breaking a Guinness World Record is never an easy process, but Maya Gabeira’s quest to break the biggest wave ever surfed by a woman was as hard as it gets. For one, she nearly died during her attempt at Nazaré on October 28th, 2013. But five years later when she achieved her goal by riding a 68-foot wave at the same spot, the WSL and the Guinness Book of World Records didn’t seem to care.  Refusing to give up, Gabeira started a petition and garnered 20,000 signatures, which ultimately