When two surfers got wind of a massive swell brewing out in the Indian Ocean, it could have been just the beginning of another ordinary day at the office. For Bondi-born fashion photographer Tim Swallow, who happened to be accompanying them that day, it was the start of an adventure he will never forget. As luck would have it, they also had a videographer along for the ride. So everything that went down has been captured here for you to enjoy from the safety and comfort of your living room.
Notorious as one of the deadliest ‘monster’ waves of all, ‘The Right’ is a once-a-decade watery monolith which towers over anyone who dares to confront it by as much as a staggering 18 metres. That’s equivalent to over five storeys, or as high a perfectly decent sized swimming pool is long. Locals at Gracetown, Western Australia, are a fairly keen bunch when it comes to surfing, but even for them it’s a newsworthy event if someone manages to successfully ride of of these stupendous waves. Serious injury, or worse, is not unknown.
Hold onto your armchair, then, as Swallow and producer Alex ‘Alfy’ Carter take you through every detail of their encounter with the wave of a lifetime. Looking at the astonishing footage here, it would be incredible if everyone involved came out unscathed. Which is why it’s no surprise to learn that not all of them did. A severe wipeout left Zac Haynes shaken and in need of hospital attention. Happily, within a few weeks he was back to full health and all the wiser for the experience. So watch and learn!