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Harry Bryant, Mikey Feb, And Dylan Graves' Strike Mission To One Of The Seven Wonders Of The World.

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Harry Bryant, Mikey Feb, And Dylan Graves' Strike Mission To One Of The Seven Wonders Of The World.

On Thursday night, Huntington Beach's Pacific City will get a first peek at our most recent collaboration with Vans: Take It Easy On The Zambezi, featuring Mikey February, Dylan Graves, and Harry Bryant, on what Graves calls the biggest adventure he's ever taken in search of surf, deep into the heart of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

What you need to know about the premier: party starts at 7pm, goes til 9pm, on the main public screen on the upper deck at Pacific City

The Filmed on location in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Take It Easy On The Zambezi is nothing short of a proper adventure epic.

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Dylan Graves, Mikey February, and Harry Bryant on location in Zambia.

Photography Alan Van Gysen

Allow us to explain. 

As you'll surely agree, there’s an old cliche about surfers, that there’s no limit to the length they’re willing to go in search of the perfect wave. But what does that even mean: The Perfect Wave? 

Like other perhaps more mature obsessions, there are niche fetishes.

For some surfers, perfection’s a size thing: the bigger the better. For some, it’s length. The longer the more impressive. For others, it’s shape: the Aristotelian aesthetic dream. 

The average surfer’s sweet spot lands somewhere between the later two: voluptuously shapely, and near-exhaustingly long. 

And like all romantic pursuits, much of the allure lies in the wave’s virgin beauty—no crowds, thank you very much—as well as the effort the chase requires—the thrill of the hunt, as it were. 

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Victoria Falls, considered the world's most incredible curtain of falling water, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Photography Alan Van Gysen

So what if we told you that there was dreamy, three-foot wave that broke for hours—days, even—deep in the African continent, which only appeared suddenly twice a year? And what if we regretfully inform you that this might be the very last time it appeared? That a massive dam project might bury the whole miracle a hundred meters under water as early as next year?

Welcome to the Zambezi River. Don’t forget to pack your river quiver!

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Harry Bryant, flairing out on the Zambezi River.

Photography Alan Van Gysen
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Mikey February and Harry Bryant, enjoying some cold refreshment and respite from the radical sub-Saharan heat.

Photography Alan Van Gysen
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Dylan Graves, surfing's foremost freshwater surfing aficionado, punting on what he called "The Jaws of River Surfing."

Photography Alan Van Gysen
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"[This trip] was one of those where it's an impulse decision—you know, you just drop everything, jump on a plane not really knowing much at all, heading to a country that you’ve never been before," says Harry Bryant. "And it's one of the best trips that I've done in my life"

Photography Alan Van Gysen
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Just a few clicks upriver from the miracle standing wave, Victoria Falls Bridge, resplendent in the late afternoon African sun.

Photography Alan Van Gysen

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