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"This has been the most amazing Search trip in 20 years," Tom Curren said after his groundbreaking river tube. Though tidal surges occur semi-regularly on the Seven Ghosts, a surge strong enough to create the waves captured this March by Santos, Brady, Larronde, Anwar, and Curren is extremely rare. Under the guidance and expertise of Frenchman Antony Colas, who first surfed and documented Seven Ghosts in September 2010, the Rip Curl Search team chose the week of March 18-24, as it coincided with the Spring Equinox and tidal swings which occur only once every 19 years. As it turned out, Colas could not have been more spot-on.© 2014 Rip Curl
"I didn't want to have any expectations coming into this trip, but the waves we've scored out here were pretty crazy," said Brazilian Bruno Santos, who logged in a 35-minute ride and a handful of chocolate barrels. "People dream of experiences like this - it really is the perfect wave." There's no doubt that by the time the last lines rolled off upriver, every surfer had left their mark on history, but fittingly it was Rip Curl's original Searcher, Tom Curren, who was the first to re-write the record books.© 2014 Rip Curl
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith