06/10/2013 | by Alex Dick-Read
Here’s a little gallery of desert filth from Ian Battrick. He is, ostensibly, from Jersey, but in truth he spends more time in the furthest, hollowest reaches of the surf world.
Ian’s just back from a trip to the Skeleton Coast where he rendezvoused with his friend and fellow feral, Hugues Oyarzabal.
Here’s what he had to say:
“Back at home recently I’ve been surfing waves most normal humans wouldn’t even touch – howling 1ft slop. Just pure, gutless fadeouts!
“I’d been watching the swell down in Africa for a week and finally, at 5.59pm last Friday, I lost the plot. I found a last minute flight and booked it for the next morning then high tailed to Skeleton Bay driving for a few hours through the night across the Namibian desert, solo. Anyway I made it there and, as predicted, the one day pumped. That place has to be seen to be believed, seriously.
Using the 5’5 Doc Prescriptions round tail, built for Jersey summer super slop, the first wave at Skeleton was quite funny. The thing flew as a quad! (thats the pink board in all the shots.)
Skeleton is a tricky wave to surf, but I think someone one day will get the longest barrel ever right there. It’s absolutely a serious possibility.
I think you need to have several swells/days there just for your mind to comprehend the dimension of that wave. It’s too much, incomprehensible, crazy. If you’re going to surf it, you seriously need to expand your thinking.