Cow Bombie saw the pinnacle of the action, picking up every ounce of swell the Indian Ocean could throw at her.
Local big-wave specialist Damien “Taco” Warr was one of those out there getting amongst it. Coastalwatch’s West Oz correspondent Dan tracked down with Taco, at home nursing a busted shoulder but still completely buzzing from the previous days surfing...
“All elements came together on Sunday; the type of conditions I have only been lucky enough to score maybe twice in the last eight to ten years… some of the best big-wave, paddle-in surfing I have witnessed. Whales graced the line-up, the sun shone warm and the waves absolutely pumped.”
The early morning session’s fresh offshore breeze saw the boys paddling into the left too.
“Paul Morgan, Khy Vaughn, Jamie Mitchell, Rob Archabold and Camel were taking some crazy drops on 15-20 foot plus bombs while myself, Damon Eastough, Roger Melville and a few others towed into the larger set waves on the right,” said Taco.
“There were some big, open barrels going down, and as the wind eased things only got better. The paddle guys soon joined us and before long were taking on the sets. At that stage the skis were parked up. We all just sat and watched on in awe as an epic, rare paddle session unfolded in front of us”.
Speaking to very stoked Paul Morgan - who got one of the day’s bombs – Taco had these words of advice: “Savour this moment - this may not happen again for a long, long time...”