On April 1 this year – only days after returning from Indonesia – the Rip Curl Tip 2 Tip mission unveiled a taste of what is undoubtedly the best river bore surfing to ever be captured on film with Panasonic LUMIX GH1 and GH2. And today, April 11, you have the proof. Witness Rip Curl International team riders Bruno Santos (BRA), Dean Brady (AUS), Tyler Larronde (FRA), Oney Anwar (IND) and original Searcher Tom Curren (USA) pull into 6-foot (2m) river bore barrels on the “Seven Ghosts” river, as it’s known to village locals.
Though tidal surges occur semi-regularly on the Seven Ghosts, a surge strong enough to create the waves captured this March by Santos, Brady, Larronde, Anwar, and Curren are extremely rare. At the guidance and expertise of Frenchman Antony Colas, who first surfed and documented Seven Ghosts in September 2010, the Rip Curl Search team chose the week of March 18-24, as it coincided with the Spring Equinox and tidal swings that occur only once every 19 years. As it turned out, Colas could not have been more spot-on.
“I didn’t want to have any expectations coming into this trip, but the waves we’ve scored out here were pretty crazy,” said Brazilian Bruno Santos, who logged in a 35-minute ride and a handful of chocolate barrels. “People dream of experiences like this – it really is the perfect wave.”
There’s no doubt that by the time the last lines rolled off upriver, every surfer had left their mark on history, but fittingly it was Rip Curl’s original Searcher, Tom Curren, who was the first to re-write the record books.
On Sunday, March 20, after a few test runs to figure out the initial Seven Ghosts tidal pulses, the crew moved into a prime location over the best sand banks on the river and prepared to whip each other into history. With cameras rolling from the skis, zodiacs and helicopter, Curren faded into a growing 6-foot (2m) left-hander, backdoored its folding lip and was spit out to the cheers of the 15-man Search crew intently watching nearby. It was undoubtedly the first legitimate river bore barrel to be made in history.
“This has been the most amazing Search trip in 20 years,” Tom Curren said after his groundbreaking river tube.
To witness the full account of this monumental Rip Curl Search odyssey, journey over to ripcurl.com/tip2tip for the much-anticipated videos and photos that you, your friends and the rest of the surf world will be talking about in the line-up for weeks, months and maybe even years to come.