Bodyboarder’s Skeleton Bay tube ride reveals Namibia’s precious gem

Surf spots don’t get any more remote than Skeleton Bay. It’s a break that’s still shrouded in secrecy, but we know it’s hidden among the desolate coast of Namibia. Until recently, that fog-shrouded stretch of southwest Africa was known only for shipwrecks and diamond mining. Then a few years ago Surfing magazine editors encouraged their readers to use the fledgling Google Earth to find the next great spot, and the discovery of a gorgeous rolling gem was made on that forbidden corner.
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Incredibly, the perfectly shaped wave lived up to all the hype created by their satellite reconnaissance. Rides lasting more than a minute transport riders a half mile down the beach. “Our first real look at the wave was life altering,” recalls Surfing magazine photo editor Pete Taras. “We knew right away it was one of the best wave discoveries ever.” And the latest view shows us why, since even non-surfers can marvel at bodyboarder Ewan Donnachie as he threads his way through several hollow sections of the incredible spinning caverns found at Skeleton Bay.

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