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Albee Layer is a rare breed of surfer.
He’s one of one, a special edition. Along with Matt Meola, Layer has consistently pushed the boundaries of what’s possible both in big waves and way, way above the lip. And guess what? He just checked another impossible trick off the list. People are calling it a backside 540, although if it were on a snowboard, it would be a 720. But who cares. He spun around a whole bunch.

“The beginning of last year, I got so close,” he said. “I was like, I can do this. That mental step was done. I was like, ‘this is possible, I can do this.’ It was just a matter of time and getting the right wave and everything coming together–and just to keep trying.”

Here’s the full edit from Take Shelter Productions:

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