There are just a handful of names that come to mind when one thinks of Skeleton Bay, and Koa’s Smith’s name is at the top of the list. He’s the captured footage of some of the most viral threadings of tubes that have ever emerged from Namibia, and it’s because when Skeleton Bay is working, Koa makes sure he’s there.
Of course, getting there isn’t the easiest thing to do in the world — Skeleton Bay is notoriously difficult to get to — and the crew Koa was supposed to meet was waylayed by the rigors of air travel. One of the surfers who happened to be headed there called it a “nightmare trip.” But for Koa, who managed to arrive before everyone else, it meant a day with firing Skeleton Bay and just a handful of locals.
While it would be hard to choose between empty and perfect waves or perfect waves with a few close friends, we’re willing to wager that Koa’s taking it however he can get it. And as it turned out, when the crew finally showed up, it went next level. Or, in the words of Taj Burrow, “f*cking psycho.”