Monday, April 11, 2011 at 5:15 p.m.
The wave that goes and goes and goes...
Surfing perfection used to mean aquamarine, machine-like waves at Scorpion Bay in Mexico or Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. It turns out surfing perfection may happen in a river in an Indonesian jungle, in chocolate-colored water that is home to crocodiles. A wave that breaks for miles. A wave called Seven Ghosts.
Every year surf megabrand Rip Curl unleashes a group of its sponsored surfers to search and identify new surfing frontiers. Sometimes the new wave is used for surf competition, sometimes, like with this newest find, it makes for an interesting surf adventure flick.
The group, led by three-time world champ Tom Curren, was surprised by what it found. It had heard of the wave, but didn't believe it would live up to the hype. The wave offered barrels and long open faces and the surfers had no one else around to compete with. It was exactly the type of wave any adventurous surfer hopes to one day surf.
Video after the jump.
The wave is a tidal bore, which has the appearance of a tsunami, but is actually the leading edge of an incoming tide, which forms a wave. The river wave phenomenon has been discovered at various locations around the world, but the Indonesian tidal bore presents the most attractive wave. Most tidal bore's are nothing more than a waste-high wave that allows the surfer to ride for long distances, but doesn't present the high-performance capabilities of this find.