CRAIG ANDERSON, DANE REYNOLDS AND DION AGIUS ROAMING BEYOND THE FRONTIER.
As three of the highest profile free surfers in the world they all have access to the kind of good life that surfing fame can bring – pimped out boat trips and jet skis, New York sojourns and Hollywood hook ups; decked out pads and high-end hotels, designer labels and backing to start labels of their own. All three also have enough sway with the right people to make a call and mobilise a mission to just about any wave in the world.
Yet despite having so many desirous destinations to choose from they elect to drive thousands of kilometres to an inhospitable stretch of Australian coast where the desert sun can fry your eyeballs and fear is inspired in equal measures by the finned creatures swimming below the surface and the fiercely territorial humans who lurk above.
This is no easy place, but there are without doubt waves of consequence. Waves that will test every fibre of a world-class surfer. Waves that might not always make you want to paddle out, but will niggle at that proud part within that asks, ‘can it be done?’ It is in every way a setting for those who prize challenge over comfort, the sort of realm where sometimes the dust, the driving, the feral living and the relentless heat can all get too much and everything just goes ‘pop’.
BELOW: EVALUATION CLIFF-TOPOF THE SURFABILITY SCALE. OPPOSITE: CRAIG AND DION DOING THEIR BEST NOT TO STUB TOES AS THEY TAKE A HEAVY DROP.