Namibia :: Skel­ton Bays’ Magic Car­pet

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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

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