Imagine The Longest Time You Ever Rode A Wave – Now Multiply That By 100

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North County waves are fun. You go to your favorite break, you paddle hard, ‘fight’ a crowd, get up, ride a few seconds, kick-out, rinse, repeat. Now imagine…

One Wave, Eight Barrels, 120 seconds…

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To say Koa Smith was at the right place at the right time is perfectly accurate.

To say he got lucky — that’s missing the point.

Perched precariously on his surfboard, the 23-year-old from Hawaii rode a wave off the coast of Namibia, on the western shore of Africa, for 120 straight seconds. He stayed upright for nearly a mile (1.5 kilometers) as he traveled through an unheard-of eight barrels — the hollow tube formed by the curve of the wave as it breaks over the rider’s head.

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Almost as amazing — Smith and videographer Chris Rogers filmed the entire ride using both a drone that hovered overhead, and a GoPro attached to a mouthpiece that Smith wore while he rode.

The locale of his greatest triumph is called Skeleton Bay — a mystic stretch of beach fronting the South Atlantic on the western coast of Africa.

Read more on surfing by By Eddie Pells AP National Writer

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