Stab Magazine | Harry Bryant And Jay Davies Brave Crocs And Jellies In An Obscure Corner Of Australia

Harry Bryant And Jay Davies Brave Crocs And Jellies In An Obscure Corner Of Australia

Where the red dirt meets the sea.

cinema // Mar 6, 2020
Words by stab
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Broome is one of those places that could only exist in Australia. And when Tropical Cyclone Veronica teed up some swell, Jay Davies and Harry Bryant got a first-hand lesson in how purely Australian the backwater is.

Tucked way up on the northwest coast of Western Australia, it’s closer to Indo than it is Perth. The ancestral homeland of the Yawuru people, they’ve been harvesting pearls there for the better part of 20,000 years…about 15,000 years before the first pyramids in Egypt were built…and 19,850 years before white European settlers stormed the shore.

A 14-mile stretch of glistening white sand called Cable Beach is the town’s big allure (named after an undersea telegraph cable that connected Java to Australia). The tide can fluctuate over 30 feet, and at low tide there are dinosaur fossils aplenty.

But you don’t have to wait for the tide to drop to get all prehistoric, there are plenty of modern-day dinosaurs roaming around in the form of saltwater crocodiles. Other fantastic beasts in the zone include Irukandji and Box jellyfish, as well as a colony of 50,000 “megabats.”

And who better to soak in the bizarre vibes than Jay and Harry? The surf they enjoyed probably won’t go down in either of their top five all-time scores, but that’s not really the point. The waves were serviceable and the locals friendly. A surf trip like this as about the journey, the experience…and what an experience Broome is.


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

Long Read: An Angel At My Table

From Stab Issue 15, October 2006: Chris Davidson has one more shot at the big…

Sep 28, 2022


Watch: Kalani David’s Last Dance

A final surf part from the Hawaiian surf/skate prodigy.

Sep 28, 2022

Taylor Steele Won’t Let Surf Filmmaking Die Without a Fight

Movies shown, filmmaking advice, punk rock at the 2022 Solento Surf Festival.

Sep 28, 2022

Wait, Are We Going To See Moana Jones In The Olympics At Teahupo’o?

Team USA (women) and Japan (men) should be able to choose anyone they want to…

Sep 27, 2022

Donald Brink and Matt Biolos Win Mick Fanning’s Electric Acid Surfboard Test

And we had a party in Oceanside to celebrate.

Sep 26, 2022

Kanoa Igarashi and Kirra Pinkerton Answer Call Of Duty, Win Medals Of Honor In 2022 ISA World Games

Teams Japan, USA, and France move into Victor’s Village.

Sep 26, 2022

The Best Euro Surf Trips That Mightn’t Be On Your Radar

Want to know which less-trodden nation offers the most potential?

Sep 26, 2022

Former CT Surfer Chris Davidson Passes Away At Age 45

A radical life tragically ends outside a bar in New South Wales.

Sep 25, 2022

Where You Should Be In Europe Right Now

An overview of the region's greatest hits.

Sep 25, 2022

The Team Ukraine Interview

“There are mines near the shore, and already a lot of people have died…so it’s…

Sep 24, 2022

Mormaii Founder Raided By Brazilian Feds On Suspicion Of Plotting Against Democracy

Curiously, he's the second surf brand founder to become entangled in a political scandal of…

Sep 24, 2022

The Electric Acid Surfboard Test With Mick Fanning, Episode 4

There are three boards left. Which one is Mick taking home?

Sep 23, 2022

Watch: Tresha

The Bella Kenworthy Edit.

Sep 22, 2022

Photos: Welcome To Vans Stab High Indonesia, Presented By Monster Energy

Welcome to Lakey Peak. Now do airs.

Sep 22, 2022


Taro Watanabe Is The Love Child Of Your Favorite 80’s Surfers

Watch his new edit 'Sonic Youth' now.

Sep 22, 2022

The Four-Finned, Carbon-Wrapped, Vacuum-Bagged Board That Won The 2022 World Title 

The minds behind Sharp Eye and Dark Arts break down Filipe's winning plank.

Sep 22, 2022

Selema Masekela Discusses The New Film “Sweet Adventure,” A New Love For El Salvador and His Not-So-New Music Career 

"It's literally the entirety of my life coming full circle in a way that I…

Sep 22, 2022

Does The 1-to-6 Foot Surfboard Exist?

Pushing the Channel Islands NeckBeard 3 to its absolute limits in a new Joyride review.

Sep 21, 2022