Over the edge in Western Australia
As the new year roared in, Western Oz turned on and the local boys were on it. But in the words of Kenny Rodgers, "You gotta know when to hold, know when to fold." Brett Burcher dumps his hand for the safety of the depths as his board pays the price.
Paul Paterson grabs the bull by the horns. "Paddling Cow Bommie is the pinnacle for big wave surfing in Australia, it's our biggest and heaviest wave," says local Paul Morgan.
Surf spot parking lots are a place for gathering, sharing information, talking trash and talking each other into conditions you might not otherwise paddle out in.
Devil's in the details
A good wax job, a new leash rope, tighten up the screws, make sure the fins have the right foil for the job, it's all part of the checklist when preparing to surf a wave like Cow Bombie.
Morgan stoll the show at the Cow Bombie. "I rode four waves that day," he recalls. "Two warm-ups and two set waves with my last wave being one of my biggest paddle-ins of my life."
Just because people aren't talking about towing as much these days doesn't mean it isn't happening. There will always be waves too gross to paddle. Catto sliding in with straps.
By The Horns
Ever wanted to wrestle a cow? Here's your chance.
Frame 1: The takeoff
Frame 2: The Drop
Frame 3: The Bump
Frame 4: The Landing
Frame 5: The Recovery
Frame 6: Sweet Success
The one that got away.