Namibia :: Skelton Bays’ Magic Carpet
If time stands still in the barrel, as Shaun Tomson once suggested, what happens inside a 25 second barrel? What about when you get 11 barrels on the one wave? Do you flick off and discover it's 2050 you're inside a virtually-reality machine on the Gold Coast? Do you levitate back up the point? Does your head simply explode? Ask anyone what it's like to be tunnelled for much of Skelton Bay's 2.5 km length and they'll all tell you the same thing: nothing. There's nothing to say, no words that come close to doing it justice. Craig Anderson confirms it's way better than Desert Point (once considered the best left in the world). Anthony Walsh says it took him 48 hours to get there and that he'd return in a heartbeat, exclaiming: "I got more barrels in that one week than most people get their whole lives." If that doesn't shade you green with envy the POV footage definitely will. On the downside it's no longer a secret spot (thanks to Google Earth and a surf mag contest) and international pros will bust a gut to get there when it's on, which isn't all that often. Skelton Bay Fever is enhanced by predictions that it may disappear, maybe as soon as 2032. According to analysis by Swellnet's Craig Brokensha the phenomenal sand bottom point is growing into the sea at a rate of around 10 metres a year due to strong desert winds. For now, though, it's almost certainly not a mirage. And it's waiting for you.
TOP TO BOTTOM: HAUL YOURSELF IN AND WATCH THE WORLD GO ROUND. ANTHONY WALSH WITH ALL ANGLES COVERED. SURFER COLLAPSES AFTER OVERDOSING ON SKELETON BAY TUBES. PHOTOS: ALAN VAN GYSEN