Biggest Sunset Since...

Magicseaweed

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Updated 476d ago

Sunset was too big to paddle earlier this week. And this is in a land inhabited by some of the finest protagonists of under-the-radar big wave exploits.

"It's not often Sunset gets that big and rippy that you have to tow," recounts photog Eugene Van Der Elst. "It was impossible to paddle as the water was moving so much, shooting wasn't easy as there was lots of side-wash and spray.

Josh Redman's emerald slab.

Josh Redman's emerald slab.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

''I shot alone on a ski and finding the right position while keeping my camera dry was a big task. The other factor out there is - you need to be safe and keep an eye on everyone. This was the biggest swell for the year for sure."

One of the larger waves of the day for Josh Redman.

One of the larger waves of the day for Josh Redman.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

Jacques Theron locking in for some shade.

Jacques Theron locking in for some shade.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

And here, letting go of the leash, Jacques Theron pulls the trigger.

And here, letting go of the leash, Jacques Theron pulls the trigger.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

Even from the shoulder Sunset looks violent.

Even from the shoulder Sunset looks violent.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

The view from the safe(ish) zone still looks nasty.

The view from the safe(ish) zone still looks nasty.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

Jem Johnson phasing out the Hollywood-esque explosion happening just over his shoulder.

Jem Johnson phasing out the Hollywood-esque explosion happening just over his shoulder.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

Mike Schlebacht, racing down the face of this giant, acts as the perfect measuring stick.

Mike Schlebacht, racing down the face of this giant, acts as the perfect measuring stick.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

Jem Johnson and the chaos from the channel.

Jem Johnson and the chaos from the channel.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

Mickey Duffas makes his mark on this mutant.

Mickey Duffas makes his mark on this mutant.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

A rare empty cavern goes unridden.

A rare empty cavern goes unridden.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

You could say it's a tale of two sides - clean/carnage.

You could say it's a tale of two sides - clean/carnage.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

After nailing a few bombs it is time to run a little safety.

After nailing a few bombs it is time to run a little safety.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography

A foamy-face navigated by Jacques Theron.

A foamy-face navigated by Jacques Theron.

© 2017 - Ugen Photography