Video: Pro Surfer Mick Corbett Narrowly Avoids Exposed Reef

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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.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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    David carnley 10 June, 2016 at 07:19 Reply

    Kevin, while i have own boats for 40 plus years, i am new to the pwc scene and appreciate your reviews of pwcs. Keep up the good work–Dave Carnley. Pensacola, Fl.

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