Video: Tree-Barrels and a Tidal Bore

Video: Tree-Barrels and a Tidal Bore

The soundtrack isn’t the greatest. The waves aren’t the biggest. The water is nowhere near crystal clear or even blue in the slightest. Call me a Negative Nancy, but judging by all this, why the heck would I ever click play?

Welp, here are a few good reasons. First, these dudes are surfing a frickin’ tidal bore, an inherently entertaining concept in itself. Second, they’re having as much fun in knee-high crumblers on the River Severn in the UK as Jamie O’Brien (professional stoke-master and all-around barrel hellman) and his crew have Supsquatching 15-foot Makaha on the west side of Oahu. Third, these guys have it—a wave that breaks for farther than the eye can see—all to themselves. And fourth, because Glyn Ovens, the video’s protagonist, gets tree barreled (see 1:40).

If the tree barrel doesn’t sell you, just take our recommendation and click play for a cheeky two-minute break from everything normal, and well, boring.

To see footage of another tidal bore, featuring what’s likely the biggest party wave in history, click here.