From The Vault.

Joe En­gel, Nias – 1981. Photo: Dick Hoole

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This is­sue fea­tures Nias in a bru­tal and fright­en­ing mood. How­ever back in 1981, when this shot was taken, the al­mond eye bar­rels of Nias rep­re­sented the ul­ti­mate in surf­ing fan­tasy. The re­cent seis­mic ren­o­va­tions have made the wave shal­lower and slab­bier. This im­age shows Joe En­gel bot­tom-turn­ing into palm-fringed, shim­mer­ing bliss on the famed La­gun­dri Bay right. Dick Hoole was there to shoot footage for Storm Rid­ers. A year later the Hoole/McCoy pro­duc­tion was re­leased at the Syd­ney Opera House and Nias in­stantly be­came surf­ing’s new Shangri-La.

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