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The Inertia

Nathan Florence is on a mean bender at the moment. And having now drunk heavily from the Irish keg, he’s going to be feeling this one for a while. The middle Florence brother just nabbed an otherworldly barrel at the country’s most famed big wave. This after pit stops in Portugal (Cave), and at a nasty Scottish slab. But this beast is a whole other ballgame: it featured one of the most incredible foam-ball navigations I’ve ever seen (agree?)

With his fins nearly slipping into oblivion, Nathan nabbed an XXL keeper in a place most of us knew could produce a wave like this. There’s no way of quantifying just where this bulbous barrel stands in the annals of tube-riding history, but Nate’s commentary on the beast tells us plenty.

“What a wild time; finally made it to Ireland, riding a wave like this so far from what I’m used too, the pay off is just that much sweeter,” he wrote.

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And then the most poignant commentary given the regular footer grew up going left at second reef Pipe: “Probably the best backside big-wave barrel on a gun I’ve ever had. Foam ball had me drifting and sliding like deep powder. Thought I was done. The best feeling! Slab tour continues! Thanks to all the local boys for having me and a great session, although very scary and not close to how scary it gets!”

Jeez Louise! The comments section – a who’s who of the surfing world – was a show in itself.”Foam-ball Ride of the Decade,” said Brett Barley while Seth Moniz asked if it was the, “best barrel ever?” Brother John kept it real: “But could you have been deeper?” (read ’em here.)

The man got behind the foam-ball curtain, and behind the actual wave’s curtain. So probably not, hence the sarcasm from big bro. I included another view of the possible award-winning ride posted to Nate’s social channels, below.

 

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