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Sergio Doubles the World Distance Surfing Record (Unofficial)

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Two years ago I touched on the incredible possibility of surfing the mighty Araguari Pororoca for 20km. Well our good buddy Sergio Laus has finally done just that. In fact he wasn't content to surf 12.5 miles and actually clocked up a mighty surfing distance of 14.37 miles (23km).

This supreme tidal bore surfing feat occurred last month on the Araguari Pororoca in Amapa state. Consistently the largest and most powerful of all tidal bores - despite some surf brands claims to differ. Riding a 5'6" four fin fish, Sergio surfed the wave for 70 minutes clocking up 23km. He described the monumental milestone as hard with a very bumpy wave peaking at roughly 2 metres. As well as breaking the 10 miles mark and the 20km mark Sergio has proved that distance surfing really is no longer the sole realm of the longboarder. Reckon his legs were aching a bit at the end of that!

This time the ride was unofficial but Sergio intends on returning next month to replicate the feat with official Guinness adjudicators.

The spring delivered some massive tidal bore waves. Check out reports and photos from the prophetic 2011 super moon, where Sergio was joined by Steve at Aventuras do Laus.

Posted on May 08, 2011 at 10:15:00.

Surfing the Kampar Bono Tidal Bore in Sumatra

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Check out some great photos surfing the Kampar Bono Tidal Bore in Sumatra. Yep continues his year on year assault on the tidal bores of the world, this time taking along his brother Fabrice, fellow Qiantang most wanted, Patrick Audoy, and top professional longboarder, Eduardo Bage.

And wow… What a discovery they made! From the few reports of the Bono and a couple of photos riding the crest of the wave from 2005 I had never quite known what to expect from this tidal bore in Sumatra. The regional tidal range is just meso-tidal as with the bore's south China sea compatriots on the other side of the shelf in Sarawak, but 2011 has been a year of very large tide ranges with equilibrium tides at a high point. Throw into the mix the confluence of the west Australia and east India amphidromic systems funnelled down the Strait of Malacca and there was always possibility of something special in the Kampar river. It looks like the French led team caught a beauty.

I can't deny a small level or resentment at Yep's ongoing achievements in the world of tidal bore surfing, the Kampar Bono being one of a select few rivers on my world tour wish list - the seed for which I first planted when we converged on the Mascaret river back in 2001. In fact, along with a handful of other rivers, I had hoped the Kampar Bono would remain secret for a little while longer but in reality with the accessibility the internet brings to world geography that was unlikely to happen. And the cat was really out the bag in 2008 with the Kampar Bono Tidal Bore anyway! Still, I am especially stoked to see Fabrice join his brother this time and can only imagine the grin on his face assimilating this experience.

Wonder what surprises Yep will pull out next year. There are a few exciting discoveries still be made…

Posted on Oct 02, 2010 at 08:40:17.

Tidal Bore Surfing on Batang Lupar Benak

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Check out the full set of photos from Antony's historic surf on the Batang Lupar Benak in Sarawak earlier this month. The slideshow paints a wonderful picture of the welcoming and warm hearted town of Sri Aman along with the festivities surrounding the arrival of the Lupar Benak - the largest tidal bore in Sarawak.

A summary of the trip and a few photos of the waves and the town are available here.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 at 15:59:27.

Video footage of Yep's historic Benak surf

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Here is the video footage of Yep's historic first surf on the Batang Lupar Benak on 16th October 2009.

It surprises me how long it has taken for someone to finally pioneer the largest tidal bore of Sarawak province on Borneo. The Benak was high up on our (being Wizard King and myself) agenda when we mapped out a tour to surf all the great tidal bores of the world back in 2000. At the time sponsorship and interest wasn't forthcoming and as the years rolled by plans changed, people moved and we settled on the Mearim river as our culmination of global bore surfing in 2005. At least for the time being! That in itself a trip we shared with Yep, his brother Fabrice and the stylish silver surfer of the French Mascaret, Bruno Boue.

It was a shame none of us could find the freedom to share Antony's current expedition due to family and work commitments. But I am stoked to learn it is one of the global bore surfing pioneers that has taken the initiative before the Batang Lupar is swept up by the Surf Industry as nearly befell the Silver Dragon.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009 at 16:22:41.

Yep Surfs the Batang Lupar Benak

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Another of our bore riding compadres, Antony Yep Colas, has grabbed a bit of tidal bore surfing history by becoming the first person to surf the Batang Lupar Tidal Bore (locally known as the Benak) on a surfboard. He surfed the bore in the crocodile infested Sarawak river yesterday after much planning and reconnaissance.

Read the full story of Antony's Tidal Bore adventure on the Benak Lupar.

Posted on Oct 17, 2009 at 13:51:36.

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