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“I always wondered about this, like how good is it?” Jack says. “I remember Parko was telling me a long time ago, ‘You can get so deep in the barrel. You can be so far behind and still make it out.’ And yeah, it’s true.”

Jack Robinson’s First Crack At Cloudbreak Went Exactly As You Would Expect

“You can come from so far behind and still come out.”

elsewhere // Oct 14, 2023
Words by August Howell
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Last month Jack, Yago Dora and Joao Chianca wasted no time by starting their offseason with a strike mission to Fiji, where a certain left-hander is due to return to the CT in 2024.

Strangely, it was Jack and Joao’s first encounter with Cloudbreak. As you probably expected, Jack fits the wave like a well-worn booty. The man who won Pipeline and Teahupo’o in 2023 must be salivating that Cloudbreak offers him another chance to harmonize with Mother Nature in overhead cones.

Earlier this year, Jack explained his comfort in waves like The Box, Teahupoʻo and Pipeline was a product of his WA upbringing. “As a kid, whenever I got scared — and I still get scared today — I just didn’t see a way around it. I have to take it on, with anything. WA often gets big and I’ve always enjoyed taking on that risk. It was a thrill for me to be scared of it, but also to be able to come through it. I think everyone gets a little fear, you’d be lying if you said you didn’t.” 

Cloudbreak’s ability to scale perfectly from 2-20ft is what makes it a unicorn as a reef pass. “That’s really unique,” Jack tells Chris Binns. “It has a certain energy about it like Tahiti or Hawaii.”

Above we get to see a highlight reel of the trip with Chris picking Robbo’s brain about surfing with friends who happen to be in the WSL Finals hunt, trading off bombs with Kai Lenny and pondering what makes Cloudbreak so freaking good. 

Start taking notes for your 2024 fantasy surf team.

Joao just getting started.

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