This day at Teahupoo, Aug 27th 2011, during the Billabong Pro waiting period is what many are calling the biggest and gnarliest Teahupoo ever ridden. Chris Bryan was fortunate enough to be there working for Billabong on a day that will go down in the history of big wave surfing. The French Navy labeled this day a double code red prohibiting and threatening to arrest anyone that entered the water.
Kelly Slater described the day by saying “witnessing this was a draining feeling being terrified for other people’s lives all day long, it’s life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life.”
The video was shot by Chris Bryan using the Phantom HD Gold camera. There are very few things that take my breath away, but this had me freaking out — yelling at the surfers in the video, really, to get out of the water — from start to finish.