DISCIPLES OF THE SNAKE
It was on Valentines Day this year that Rip Curl gifted us with their game-changing Ain’t NoWavePool clip, and in doing so rekindled surfing’s romance with travel and the notion of the exotic secret spot. Whether this was an intentional gesture on their behalf or not isn’t clear, what is clear however, is that it came at just the right time.
It’s long been argued that the undiscovered secret spots of such magnificence simply didn’t exist anymore. That Skeleton Bay was the last of them. That Earth is far too observed, accessible and documented now – to the ridiculous point where its 510.1 million square kilometre surface area has begun to seem almost claustrophobic.
However, the shocking vision of a solo Mick Fanning racing those endless, roping iridescent green tubes was enough to crack open the dark and crusted surface of the most hardened and cynical surfer’s heart. From within those cracks a blinding white light(ning) burst forth, a glorious and all but forgotten sense of wanderlust flooded the body. We asked in unison … is this shit still possible in 2017??
It was at this point that Google Earth’s servers came close to meltdown. I’m convinced there are still obsessed individuals out there who haven’t slept since. Scouring every coastline until their fingers are nought but bloody stumps.
There have been whispers of the wave being on just about every conceivable coastline on every continent on the planet. The Tracks office has been far from immune to this. We all know someone who’s supposedly found it. I’m sure one of them is correct, but I sincerely hope everyone involved can keep their lips from loosening. Let’s keep this surf travel love-boat afloat!