(gentle music) – How long is long? On this episode of Weird
Waves, we intend to find out. (gentle music) Our journey began in Epney, a small village located in
the southwest of England that sits right along the Severn River. Oh there it is, there’s the wave! Woo! – [Nathan] He’s in the rocks! – Oh shit. Our mission is simple. We want to know what being
a tidal bore surfer means. What are their values? What’s their favorite color? Who are they? So I got five two. – Yeah. That is a small board, isn’t it? I mean that’s kind of, that’s a third of what we normally, if you
put three of those together that’s probably kind of the
tool you’re looking for. – Okay so. – We’ll get you a bigger
pair of shoes I think. – Okay.
(laughing) – This is what we call a short board. I’d say six. – The wave goddess. – Yeah. As you can see, loads of volume, really wide, and also hardly any rocker. If you look through– – Oh yeah for how big this is.
– It’s pretty flat. Okay perfect. Cool. – The first time I surfed this was 1981. I mean I don’t really
surf in the sea at all, I just surf tidal bores. The beauty of this is
the length, the ride, predominantly it’s, you know, that is it. You know you can jump on,
ride it for an hour maybe. We base a good ride in miles, rather than kind of the
quality of the wave. At the beach you’re surfing into the beach and that’s just the same
kind of view all the time, so you surf onto the
beach, the same rocks, same kind of, how it is. With here you’re surfing
through the English countryside so you can see cows in the field, like farmers and
tractors, different trees, the landscape changes
as you’re going along. So if you’re surfing for
half an hour, an hour, you see a lot of different landscape. – Steve King is not a novelist. He’s an engineer by trade who
maintains railway engines. But once his board riding pants are on, he has a Guinness World Record from surfing the Severn
Bore for 9.25 miles. That equals to an hour and 15 minutes of standing on a surfboard. Steve and one of his
closest friends, Nathan, our boat driver, travel all
over the world in search of other bores, this is their passion. – Can you hear it? – [Dylan] Yeah I’m starting to hear it. – Can you hear the tide? – Yeah.
– Yeah. – And I hear Nathan.
– Yeah. (laughing)
– It’s around the corner. Under the pylons. – Alright, so it’ll,
you’ll see it come through where the electricity pylon is now. It won’t be big, it’ll just be, can you see some people–
– Oh is that them riding? – Yes you can see some people
riding it in the distance. – Yup. – So it’s just, you can
see it’s just a small wave coming towards us, so yeah. Probably want to put
your leash on actually. While we’re doing that.
– Okay, that’s good. – It’s actually a good indication. When you’re on a bend and
you’re waiting for the tide, once you see all the birds come ’round you know the tide’s coming, even if you can’t see it. – First ride with a beanie. (laughing) – It’s coming in. It’s coming in two little sections. Keep paddling, Dylan. It’s doubled up. – Sitting there watching an entire tide race towards you was mesmerizing. I wasn’t sure where it was gonna break or what was gonna happen. The board was constantly reshaping itself, going twice the speed of an ocean wave. The experience was pretty scifi. This was meant to be
the smallest tide swing on our visit, the fact
that this first section was already waist high was surprising, as was Steve’s headstand. With the river only getting narrower, meaning the wave will
only increase in size, I was fired up to get back to the boat and try another section. – Okay, I’m gonna make
the turn, you alright? (boat engine) Almost through. – That was pretty hectic. (laughing) (boat engine) – It’s just spinning. – What we don’t want to do is
end up in those trees though. – Okay. But we ended up right
in those trees though. Fortunately, not for too long. Steve and Nathan were able
to troubleshoot the engine but not in time to catch up with the bore, so we cut our losses and got the boat back to the ramp safely. Steve had other plans
for the following day, so for day two, we were going rogue. (gentle upbeat synth) So what do you think of all
the boys wearing beanies on the waves? – Yeah I noticed that yesterday,
I think it’s pretty cool. – The fashion, are you
gonna go beanie today or? – I did think about
doing it on the first day but I really like the beanie that I’ve got and I don’t want to, I don’t want to potentially
lose it or ruin it. – [Dylan] It’s a special beanie? – Yeah it’s a special beanie and it’s white, so the bore
would probably discolor it. – Is this it? – This is it, it’s this one. – I was pumped to have Seb drive up from Cornwall and meet us. Seb is a fellow Vans Team rider and yeah the dude freakin’ rips. He surfed the majority of
the wave the day prior, but due to our boat breaking down we never linked up, so he was pumped to dial us in to his
favorite part of the wave. – See there’s that bottle
there, that plastic bottle that’s drifting out. – Okay. – Can you see that?
– Yeah. – It’s like 20 meters up from that. – Okay cool. – Figured today it’s happening. Compared to yesterday, so not huge, but compared to yesterday. – Yeah.
– A lot more power as well. It should be good.
– Alright cool. We met James there on
the side of the bank, and he was telling us that
it might be pretty hard to make it to the end of the wave, especially with me being on a short board, and that it might make the most sense to get out and race to
the final section by car. So there we had it, our new plan. (slow building synth and guitar) We don’t have much time, we gotta rock if we want to catch it. Think we’ll catch it up there? – [James] Uh, we can try, I don’t know. – [Man] I don’t know if
we can wait for Paul. – [Dylan] Yeah, let’s just go. – [Man] You know where to go? – Yeah, I’ve surfed there before. – So you’ll show us where to get in? – I’ll show you.
– Okay, awesome. Okay this is our boy I think. – I’d say that–
– We’re gonna miss it. – Hopefully we don’t run out of fuel. I’m low, so low. Stay with trip and I’m like dude, I was like on the board getting out, he was like, you don’t
get off once you’re on! With the way the River
Severn snakes through the countryside, combined with the fact that you only get one
wave or tide per day, it makes you really have
to plan out your strategy in order to tap into the
full potential of the bore. There are only a handful of access points along the 10 mile stretch, meaning if you fall, or
miss the wave at point A, you have to make the
quick decision of whether you can make it to point B
or if you should continue on and just try for point C. Mune said they didn’t have a clue where the next access point was or if we could even make it. But we were trying to keep up with James through morning traffic,
hoping we would catch the final section in time. If we missed it, we
were gonna have to wait until the next day to try again. Oh no, I feel like I’m gonna puke ’cause I was running so hard. We need the siren. (imitating siren) Bore hunters! – He went left. Keep an eye out on where they’re going. – Yeah, I’m looking. Oh there it is. Oh there it is, there’s the wave! Fuck, yes! I think we got this. Oh sick. We’re gonna have to hustle. – Hard right. – I don’t know how much
time we got, really. – [James] Come around the bank maybe. – Fuck. There it is! (slow building synth and guitar) I don’t know how to get out of here. – [Paul] I hear you. – Yeah, I’m here, I just
don’t know how to get through. Fuck. (laughing) Wow, that was a mission. Jesus. Wow we made it. That was a hustle, boys,
that was cool though. – [Man] Friend, do you want a lift down– – That was so close man.
– Thank you so much. That was really cool. – So where’s the other half of your board? (laughing) Did you have a good one then? – Yeah it was fun, we had a blast. Got off the wave early and
came and tried to hunt it down and fell down this bank just in time to get on the wave. – Good going, that’s good going. This is a lovely section threw here. – Yeah, I saw all you guys
come through the bridge like soul arching I was like what, sick! – [Martin] Breakfast then? – Yeah.
– I think so. – Sainsbury’s filling.
– Sainsbury’s? – Sainsbury’s awesome.
– Special. – This is a tradition. – [Dylan] Yeah, straight from
the wave to, where are we at? – So from muddy river straight into Sainsbury’s Cafe, perfect. – Secret, secret spot. – [Dylan] Gotta beat the horde. – Locals only in here. (laughing) – Also a unique surfing experience is sharing a wave with 20 other people and then going to
breakfast, with all of them. Granted you usually grab a cup of coffee with one or two of your bros after a sesh, but not the entire lineup. The camaraderie gained from
riding a tidal wave together is unavoidable, it’s truly a tribe. Let’s see if this wave lines up. – [Nathan] Yeah, it’s lining up. – See how it fits the– – I think we can go there. – You think?
– Yeah, paddle in. – Hearing me now?
– Yeah. – The short boarder side of my brain couldn’t stop thinking about
certain sections of the bore that had potential. With this being our last
day, we asked Nathan if we could have one more go on the boat. He knew of a spot he’d seen barrel before and literally dropped me off right on it. – [Nathan] Exhilarating isn’t it? – [Paul] Yeah. – [Nathan] He’s in the rocks. Hold on! – A couple things I’d
like to point out here. One, this is the moment I realized the bank had rocks on it. 10 feet later I had
hit one of these rocks. And then it was… Oh shit! Whoa, that was sketchy! Yeah, all good. Lost my beanie. After getting ragdolled through the trees everything got put into perspective. Seb was right about not
wearing a beanie you love. The locals were right about
the board demanding respect. Riding the bore is a
different form of stoke. It reminds me of the feeling you get when one of your friends
yells out party wave, and you all take off. It becomes less about ripping and more about the bigger picture. The people, the scenery, the experience, and more specifically the energy, in this case the tide, that’s pushing you the wrong way up a river for miles. The thought of that is pretty wild. (slow steady synth) Funny how you can be
halfway across the world surfing a tidal bore along
the countryside of England and still feel like
you’re shooting the shit with your boys at your home rig. Surfing is special like that. The root of why we all do
what we do is the same. We’re just trying to get stoked or die trying. (laughing) or something like that. Now to the pub to catch a beer and the
last glimpse of the wave. Hey congratulations. You’ve made it to the end of the video. Thirsty for more? Well we got plenty of links you know? Lots of links, tons of links. You want more links? We got ’em. Click the links. Just the links, click ’em.