Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Seven Ghosts

I stumbled upon this extraordinary article yesterday and really think that this is really worth sharing. I am not a surfer but, this looks like so much fun. Makes me want to learn how to surf. Indonesia has a lot of mad rad waves, so in order not to waste them I'm going to learn how to surf one day. For now, let's just enjoy this article! Awesome discovery, Rip Curl!

As discoveries of secret surf spots go, the incredible find by Rip Curl team members during a recent "Search" expedition in the jungles of Indonesia may be unrivaled.

What makes this latest wave discovery so fascinating is that it was made not on a coastline or island shore, but on a remote jungle river that gets pounded by a powerful tidal bore. But unlike other tidal bores that produce relatively small, mushy waves, this remarkable phenomenon pushes swells upstream in dream-like fashion at heights of 8 to 10 feet.

"This was our biggest score in twenty years of exploring," says Tom Curren, a former three-time world surfing champion who has been roaming the world's coastlines scouring for the proverbial perfect wave ever since winning his last world title in 1990. Because the soft-spoken champ has never been one to boast, his stories of this new spot called Seven Ghosts (named after the nearest jungle village) has his fans reeling. Interest surrounding the expedition is hitting a fever pitch as rumors of their score leaked out.

What's so stunning about this find is the wave's coffee-colored walls break from top to bottom, similar to the hollow powerful waves that peel over coral reefs. But the riverbank refraction of the primary wave sends rebound wedges perpendicular across the river, carving the secondary wave into a line of spinning peaks with cookie-cutter perfection. These mirror-reflection spinners appear choreographed, with all the symmetry of a Rockettes' leg kick, the likes of which has never be found in the ocean...at least not yet.

These are some of the first stunning images of this amazing discovery. Rip Curl will surely be releasing more in the days ahead as they ramp up for the 50th Anniversary of the Rip Curl Pro, the world's longest running professional surfing contest, set for later this month.

Bruno Santos watches as Tom Curren settles into a perfect left while Dean Brady sets up for the right. Photo: Lachlan McKinnon

River lines. Photo: Nate Lawrence

Bruno Santos. Photo: Nate Lawrence

Dream right. Photo: Nate Lawrence

Dean Brady. Photo: Nate Lawrence

Dream left. Photo: Nate Lawrence

Bruno Santos, catching up with the first set. Photo: Ted Grambeau

Bruno Santos, watching the horizon. Photo: Ted Grambeau

Feeling out one of the first pulses. Bruno Santos. Photo: Ted Grambeau

River bore waves have never looked this hollow before. Photo: Ted Grambeau

Oney Anwar on a right-hand slope. Photo: Ted Grambeau

Dean Brady drawing a long line and settling in for an even longer ride. Photo: Ted Grambeau

The original Searcher, Tom Curren, finds the ghost. Photo: Ted Grambeau

 via Grind TV and Rip Curl.

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