Stab Magazine | How To Dominate Cloudbreak On Your First Trip

How To Dominate Cloudbreak On Your First Trip

Required Viewing: Harry Bryant’s Fijian Introduction.

Words by stab

Surf edits come and go; some are forgettable, some are jammed with a flurry of memorable elements. This one is the latter. Harry Bryant is one of Stab’s great hopes for the future of surfing; Not only is he a catlike jumper and mongoose-speed barreller, but he’s also #blessed with the good fortune of a sense of humour – often a rarity in today’s Athlete mould.

Which brings us to Rust, his newest short film, which features catlike jumps around Byron Bay and Thirroul (where he recently moved), as well as mongoose-speed barrels at freight train Cloudbreak. Most impressive? It was his first-ever time rifling the Fijian reef pass.

“I think I will be going there for the next five years!” Haz tells me, when I remark that he looks unreasonably experienced out there. “Fiji is so sick, I’ll be going back there a lot now I think. When we went, the WA contest was on, so the swell was pretty under-the-radar. We went last minute and stayed on land because the resorts were all booked out. We were in this massive share house with a bunch of locals. It was a really cool experience, it felt like we got the real Fiji. 

“The first day looked the best, and we said if we score waves that day, then anything else we get after that is a bonus. But then it just got better, and better and better, for five days. It was crazy. It was so uncrowded the whole time I was out there, so many waves went unridden. There were a few big wash-throughs on the biggest waves, which would clear everything out. We were pretty much out there all day, we’d get up in the dark and spend all day out there, we were so cooked at night.”

And what about what might be the best claim of all time, which closes a wildly impressive Cloudbreak barrel? (laughs) “That was good… that was my very first wave of that session, before anyone else was out there. It happened so quick. I dropped my mate Jimbo at the tower to film, and I didn’t even know if he was in the tower or not yet, but the claim’s funny because it’s kinda far away, but literally looks like I’m locking eyes straight down the barrel of his lens, when really I had no idea if he was in the tower yet. I’m glad I didn’t do something really outrageous, thinking no one was watching.”

Comments

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

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Board Changes, Party Boys, Olympic Clues, Mega Production Crews, And More

Notes from behind the scenes on the Championship Tour.

Apr 16, 2021

Joyride Board Test: The ACSOD Monster

What a difference a set of fins can make.

Apr 16, 2021

Ch.11 TV Disciple Josiah Amico Stars In ‘Not An Athlete’

His words, not ours.

Apr 15, 2021

How A Quik Employee Was Almost Fired For Overpaying To Get Kelly Slater On The Team

Securing arguably the greatest team in the history of surfing.

Apr 15, 2021

The Consequences of Pipeline With Mikey O’Shaughnessy

Take it from a guy who cracked his helmet on the reef.

Apr 15, 2021

11-Year-Old Performs Stab High-Worthy Airs in Waco

That mute?!

Apr 15, 2021

Some Practical Advice On Training For Surfing

Yeah, you probably don't need to do squats on a Swiss ball.

Apr 14, 2021

Watch: The World Premiere of ‘That’s Caroline’

A documentary on the abrupt rise of Caroline Marks.

Apr 14, 2021

Action Bronson Is An Animal On The Boog

Watch what many are calling the best olive oil and bodyboarding video ever made.

Apr 14, 2021

Watch: The Hypnotic Movement Of Mikey February in ‘Sonic Souvenirs’

Get lost in episode one.

Apr 14, 2021

Who Do You Think Won Stab In The Dark With Taj Burrow?

A question for those spray painting profanity on our paywall.

Apr 13, 2021

Mind Map, Kai Lenny: “Jaws Has The Biggest Ramps You Could Ever Want”

This man thinks on an entirely different level.

Apr 13, 2021

Latin Americans Have an Undeniable Affinity for the Tube

Directional ambidexterity can be quite fun.

Apr 13, 2021

Did We Just See The Best Performance Since John John At Margaret River In 2017?

What the data says about Newcastle.

Apr 12, 2021

Stab Podcast: Will Italo’s Airs Be Relevant in 10 Years?

Let's discuss, on Stab CUSP.

Apr 12, 2021

Micky Clarke Moves With Disciplined Aggression

Emo Micky finds an outlet on CH 11 TV.

Apr 11, 2021

Click or Miss: Is Vlogging Harder Than It Looks?

Click or Miss Vol 23.

Apr 11, 2021

The End Of The Dark Ages On Reunion Island

After fifteen years of chaos, shark attacks, and surf bans, a recently-launched project looks to…

Apr 11, 2021
Advertisement