Stab Magazine | How Koa Smith Got The Wave Of The Year At Skeleton Bay, Again

How Koa Smith Got The Wave Of The Year At Skeleton Bay, Again

The fantastic Mr. Smith’s African journey condensed into ten minutes. 

Words by stab

A little over a month ago, The Donkey kicked, and Koa Smith took a 50-hour solo mission from Hawaii to Namibia.

Koa is a tube wrangler of the highest order. He’s perpetually stoked, and when the waves get into the world class range, he’ll spend eight-plus hours in his wetsuit, doing laps (on this day, he told Stab he must’ve done 12-15 trips back up the point–a 2k hustle). Maybe it’s all the Wim Hof exercises, the ice baths, and the Bullet Coffees…whatever it is, Koa is, without doubt, one of the most barreled gentlemen in the world.

And we like that.

A few days after this swell hit, Koa sent some of the wildest POV and drone footage (courtesy of Chris Rogers) we’d seen since last year when he #broketheinternet with a similar wave at the same locale.

However, in 2019, he outdid himself. When the clip dropped, we must have played through the near-two minute ride which accumulated too many tubes to count at least 15 times – roughly a half-hour dedicated to Koa’s wild ride.

He’s just released 10-minutes of his Skeleton Bay trek, hit play above.


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