Heaviest Ever Skeleton Bay - 'Like Teahupoo on Sand!'

Jason Lock

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Updated 33d ago

Did you think the surf community had forgotten about Skeleton Bay? No chance. This wave personifies the term juggernaut, and when a solid swell files through, it can be your best friend or worst nightmare. The fact is, on Tuesday, it was as heavy as ever, and we've got the images to back that up.

Taking on this behemoth was a crew of rippers from all corners of the globe. Let's see, there's William Aliotti, Gearoid McDaid, Benji Brand, Koa Smith, Brett Barley, to name a few. All wrangling 'Teahupoo on sand', as legendary lensman Alan Van Gysen (aka AVG) describes it in his relay to MSW HQ today – after finally finding a decent WiFi connection.

Forecast: Namibia

“If it's one thing we learned from this swell at Skeleton Bay it's that the wave is as heavy as ever, and that no matter what you've heard, the wave isn't disappearing,” he says.

“On the contrary, once the swell peaked on Tuesday, any concern or talk about the bank being imperfect were dismissed and you could once again look from the top to the bottom and visa versa and it looked as straight as ever. Watching stalwart tube hounds like Koa Smith and Benji Brand together with relative newcomers Brett Barley and William Aliotti make impossibly long tubes from start to finish Skeleton Bay is officially back and still the best and heaviest wave on earth.” Enjoy.

All captions by AVG.

The system that set the Donkey off.

The system that set the Donkey off.

An early morning look at the bottom of the point everyone was talking about before the swell hit -

An early morning look at the bottom of the point everyone was talking about before the swell hit - "The sand isn't right" everyone was saying. 12-hours later the bank was as ruler-edged as it gets. Solid 8-feet of relentless desert scouring will do that to any bank.

© 2019 - AVG

William Aliotti on location and filming for an upcoming feature documentary on the history and dynamism of Skeleton Bay by William Bendix, Alan van Gysen and Calvin Thompson. Stay tuned. 

William Aliotti on location and filming for an upcoming feature documentary on the history and dynamism of Skeleton Bay by William Bendix, Alan van Gysen and Calvin Thompson. Stay tuned. 

© 2019 - AVG

Riding the tube isn't the only challenge at Skeleton Bay; getting out and timing your paddle-out between seemingly endless sets is another challenge.

Riding the tube isn't the only challenge at Skeleton Bay; getting out and timing your paddle-out between seemingly endless sets is another challenge.

© 2019 - AVG

Arguably the best in the world at Skeleton Bay - Koa Smith. In his own words,

Arguably the best in the world at Skeleton Bay - Koa Smith. In his own words, "This place truly rules my world."

© 2019 - AVG

Brett Barley.

Brett Barley.

© 2019 - AVG

"It's like a 15-foot wave squeezed into a 4-foot wave", says Benji Brand. Looking at this solid, overhead wave of Brett Barleys, how much power and size is in this wave?

© 2019 - AVG

© 2019 - AVG

Benji Brand fresh off a Padang Cup win. Despite being in the US Open, the minute he saw this swell on the charts Benji bowed out of competition and jumped a flight for Africa. Although he's been barrelled enough for us all at Skeleton Bay, he knows we all only have a short season in which to make the most of gifts like this.

Benji Brand fresh off a Padang Cup win. Despite being in the US Open, the minute he saw this swell on the charts Benji bowed out of competition and jumped a flight for Africa. Although he's been barrelled enough for us all at Skeleton Bay, he knows we all only have a short season in which to make the most of gifts like this.

© 2019 - AVG