Despite chasing monsters Ryan confesses to still getting stoked on small beachies
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 March, 2012 : - - Ryan Hipwood claims he used to be shit-scared of big waves. 'I was the kid on the beach crying and wishing I was out the back' he says. This latest video installment from the Hippo files covers his romps through West Australia, Shipsterns, Cloudbreak, Teahupoo and elsewhere. Ryan also reflects on what it's like to nearly drown despite wearing a bouyancy vest.
As an accomplished free-surfer, Ryan has found his niche in the surfing world by discovering the art of Big wave surfing. In 2009, Ryan was runner-up in the prestigious Billabong XXL Big wave Awards for his monster wave ridden at Shipsterns, Tasmania. This was the same wave that made International headlines and almost took his life.
Ryan is always pushing the limits and is constantly searching the globe on an endless quest to find the biggest, most perfect waves. It is this passion for chasing monster slabs and fearless nature that has made Ryan one of the most photographed and respected surfers in the world.
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Author: Ryan Hipwood
Tags: Shipstern's, Teahupoo, Cloudbreak, Ryan Hipwood