Big Wave Updates
The Right is currently the last wave in the world not to be paddled-into
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 August, 2014 - Photographer Mark Matthews is taking the responsibility for capturing the image that would change the way we thing about water photography and the lengths photographers are willing to go to in order to get "the shot". Mark has surfed The Right, an infamous beast of a wave in Western Australia, more than anyone else not living in that part of Western Oz. He is familiar with its ins and outs, its moods, its fickle nature.
Taj Burrow, on the other hand, lives three hours away and had never surfed there. And for good reason. The Right is currently the last wave in the world that hasn’t been paddled, and is the wave that gives more two or three-wave hold-downs than any other in the world. But even knowing that -- and as scary as that may be -- it's still the perfect wave for this style of shot.
Because of the size of the barrel you can literally fit two people into the tube who can make it out cleanly. Taj was meant to take off in front of Mark on a bomb and it was meant to become the best surf photo of all time. And on a number of waves, that happened. They got the shot. This was not one of those waves.
Mark was swallowed whole by the wave and experienced all the anger in the sea. He surfaced with a gash on his face and a ruptured eardrum – widely considered the most dangerous injury in surfing due to its effect on the body’s equilibrium (see: which way is up?).
The full story of the expedition to The Right in pursuit of the greatest surf photo of all time, and surely the most dangerous, will air in a mini-doc this month, exclusively on RedBull.com/Surfing and Stab Magazine.