If you’ve ever been grateful for your ski’s built-in depth gauge, you’ll definitely appreciate this video. Mick Corbett of Perth, WA, Australia, threads a very narrow “tubular pathway between a massive slabbing lip and a potentially very deadly patch of dry reef at The Right, Western Australia” this past June 27, 2016.
In the video, you’ll see Mick drop into the wave only seconds before the retreating tide draws over the exposed reef directly before him. Onlookers are audible recorded gasping as Mick not only maneuvers around the reef but rides the massive wave to safety.
The video was recorded by Jay Hardaker and was recently submitted as an entry in the Billabong “Ride of the Year” category of the 2016 WSL Big Wave Awards. Professional surfers are continually pushing the boundaries of the sport and pursuing bigger, larger and more hollow waves that the sport’s predecessors could never imagine riding previously.
But thanks to the inclusion of big, stable and powerful runabouts, surfers can now access these waves, and more importantly, rescue personnel can better reach them if things so south, which happens more often than not.