(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.

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100 thoughts on “Weird Waves Season 1: The Severn Bore (UK) | Surf | VANS

  • January 31, 2019 at 5:13 am
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    Bit crowded though.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    Where are the women?

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  • January 31, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    Came to the comments to check if other people saw that chicken…

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  • January 31, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    Love the shot going under the bridge.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 9:42 pm
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    Ben Gravy!

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  • February 1, 2019 at 1:18 am
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    i want that pelican case

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  • February 1, 2019 at 2:55 am
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    I’ve never seen someone rlly “sip” on a beer like that

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  • February 1, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    Rly enjoying the weird wave series Dylan you rip

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  • February 1, 2019 at 3:41 am
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    great content!

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  • February 1, 2019 at 3:56 am
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    Full moon must be firing

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  • February 1, 2019 at 9:58 am
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    00:16 Clearly a different pint.

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  • February 1, 2019 at 10:26 am
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    That's scary.

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  • February 1, 2019 at 7:18 pm
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    While I admit it’s very cool, the guy at the beginning trying to sell it over a traditional ocean wave is nuts, there will be nothing that ever compares to a real ocean wave that barrels

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  • February 1, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    This show is soooo goood

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  • February 1, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    Yeahh dylan buen trabajo bro!

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  • February 1, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    Awesome !!! In what time of the year do you get this tidal waves? I'm living in front of you, Cork area in Ireland, would it be possible to surf those waves here?
    I loved it. Thanks.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 7:53 am
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    So British

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  • February 2, 2019 at 8:35 am
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    So glad I found this . Awesome! Thanks for the link Carve mag

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  • February 3, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    want a vans wettie so bad

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  • February 3, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    I suggest a GoPro mount on the surfboard to get more surfing footage 2.7/10

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  • February 3, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    Life of a pro surfer. It's just work to me, and it's fair enough work.

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  • February 3, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    Love this so much. Diving down banks, chasing some crappy wave in your car…. brilliant

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  • February 3, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    You thumb down this film then you might as well get in your coffin now as life clearly isn’t for you

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  • February 4, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    Classic video!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 9:44 am
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    wooow another really cool episode, i'm surprise this series is fucking great!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    Warching this gets me stoked to surf my weird wave: little peeling left between two jetties

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  • February 5, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    Giant Chickens and a near car accident at 8:38 😂

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  • February 5, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    Very cool

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  • February 5, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    Very cool

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  • February 5, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    Wait this is a different guy then the other one or am I tripping

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  • February 5, 2019 at 3:17 pm
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    awesome video! Really great to see such a tight surfing community in the U.K.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    Another sick episode as per. That’s not that far away from me I’ll have to check that out, surreal.

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  • February 6, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    Good to see you Nathan and Steeve, keep riding Sabrina

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  • February 7, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    Fantástico vids

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  • February 8, 2019 at 7:14 am
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    How fun.

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  • February 8, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    Great episode. Thoroughly enjoying the series! Seb's such a classic character too.

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  • February 9, 2019 at 11:46 am
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    Awesome!

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  • February 9, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    Good stuff

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  • February 9, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    Good stuff

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  • February 10, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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    Great video, love the comradery, pure stoke, and love of surfing. Seemed less about I and more about we. 👍🏽

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  • February 11, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    This was refreshing. Well done.

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  • February 12, 2019 at 3:05 am
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    bruh those chickens had me tripping

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  • February 12, 2019 at 5:21 am
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    Please tell me y’all are gonna come to Jackson and surf the Snake River!

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  • February 12, 2019 at 11:43 am
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    Got a new video with Seb Smart and his brother in Cornwall. Would be great if you could check it out!

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    Should of come down to porthleven for some barrels

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  • February 13, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    This is incredible! I´ve been asking myself for YEARS!: " What is the Bore Boy´s favorite COLOR?… Blue? Green?
    Turquiose?… Carribean aquamarine?…What color?… WHAT COLOR?… When the Gods spoke!…
    "Guinness Brown!" … River rats are another breed.

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  • February 13, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    Fn epic. Need some running shoes. Lol. Glad you ended up ok. Bucket list

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  • February 15, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    lmao

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  • February 18, 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    Shout out to Steve for rocking one of the coolest Landies out there. Love it.

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  • February 18, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    You CAN'T just call "Time out" and walk in to the beach ……

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  • February 21, 2019 at 12:21 am
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    Sick guys

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  • February 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    Holy shit that looks fun af

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  • February 22, 2019 at 4:56 pm
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    Go to guanchzou China, same staff in megapolis, with skyscrapers view

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  • February 22, 2019 at 10:15 pm
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    Sainsbury's (not the café, just the standard store)! The place where I would get my breakfast almost every day when there was no hotel breakfast sponsored by my company, for the 3 years I worked in Edinburgh. Good times 🙂

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  • February 24, 2019 at 7:24 am
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    8:38 flashback or….

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  • February 24, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    This is so animal chin stuff

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  • February 28, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    indonesia the bono

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  • March 5, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    this series is epic

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  • March 7, 2019 at 1:15 am
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    I don't even surf and I love this series

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  • March 9, 2019 at 3:39 am
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    Probably the most unpretentious wave in the world

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  • March 9, 2019 at 5:38 pm
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    anyone know what type of Hayden it is??

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  • March 9, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    I've never been surfing or have even stand on a board, but this series is amazing! Keep up the good work, it makes me wanna try surfin one day…

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  • March 10, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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    Awesome show, can’t wait for more.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 11:09 am
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    8:37 haha

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  • March 16, 2019 at 6:31 am
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    best video yet.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    This is so absurd haha, bunch of guys surfing 1 single wave in the middle of nowhere

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  • March 24, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    oh ya man i'm totally stoked !

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  • March 25, 2019 at 10:18 am
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    "granted you usually grab a cup of coffee with one or two of your bro's, but not the entire lineup" – well said! 😀

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  • March 27, 2019 at 9:07 am
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    One of the best surfing vids I've seen .

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  • April 3, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    "Lost my beanie"…I laughed so hard

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  • April 3, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    Best thing about the tidal break is afterwards putting on dry clothes and having a full English breakfast. YUUUUM !!

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  • April 7, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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    This is pretty cool. Growing up in san clemente and surfing for most of my life, (although I haven't been out much after graduating college and doing career life crap) I would def try and sure the bore if i'm ever near there. Looks like the epitome of a party wave

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  • April 9, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    A nose full of river water is just asking for a virus.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    What a nightmare.

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  • April 21, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    The bore must be the ultimate party wave. I kind of regret I have yet to get on one…still might happen since I am still here on this earth

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  • April 29, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    This is the true meaning of surfing

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  • May 4, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    Did you see the size of that chicken?

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  • May 5, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    !!GIANT CHICKENS!!

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  • May 10, 2019 at 4:19 pm
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    5:35. Fishing for a new beanie

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  • May 10, 2019 at 5:23 pm
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    wtfs happening at 8:02?

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  • May 11, 2019 at 7:39 am
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    Why did the 6ft tall chicken cross the road in front of the river surfers, while the 4 ft tall albino pigeon with chicken legs was watching? (I won't say anything-more-about the 5ft guy with a dirty name, mange and a hobo coxcomb.)

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  • May 20, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    Cool stuff bro…who knew? 9 1/4 mile ride whoa!!!

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  • May 25, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    You guys must take a look on the Pororoca Wave, here in the amazonian river, Brazil.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    Bro this looks super fun

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  • June 25, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    Where can I get a vans wetsuit like that!

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  • June 28, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    Nice bro… God Bless

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  • July 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    10:10 Now that's what you call, 'Cutting It Close' my friends! Damn I was nervous for them, they all fell in the same spot racing down the embankment, Lmao! I'm so hooked on this series right now! Thanks again Vans for producing some great material.

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  • July 3, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    At 11:50, The first time I've ever heard of a huge globalist corporation being referred to as "locals only" 😂😂😂. Hilarious! How times have changed.

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  • July 5, 2019 at 1:14 pm
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    One of the coolest things I've ever seen.

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  • July 5, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    8:37–8:42 – what's with the giant chickens?

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  • July 7, 2019 at 1:22 am
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    Love it

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  • July 13, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    lovely show

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  • July 23, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    "That's when I realised, the bank had rocks in it." LOOOOOL! Poor guy.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 12:59 pm
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    11:10 Martin!!!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:48 pm
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    I loved this video. Thanks.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    we want a new season plz its amazing

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  • August 1, 2019 at 11:00 pm
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    What else would u expect If u get off the wave? It's going to slow down or stop for u to get back on?

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  • August 2, 2019 at 1:17 pm
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    Dope ass video, really dig the music

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  • August 10, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    love this radical

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  • August 15, 2019 at 7:12 am
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    am i the only one that saw brids when they where in the car

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