Stab Magazine | Lee Wilson And His 5'8" At 'That' Nias Swell
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Lee Wilson And His 5’8″ At ‘That’ Nias Swell

“I have trouble riding step ups”

cinema // Oct 7, 2018
Words by Edit
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Yes, that same Indo swell where a 30-foot boat was demolished. The same one where the best big wave surfers in the world wore impact vests and ensured their step-ups were thoroughly waxed. 

Well, while everyone else examined their inflatable vests, Lee Wilson had nothing but a pair of trunks, a broken step-up, and his trusty custom 5’8″. 

“I had a shorty and a 5’8″ slab board I designed with my shaper [Chilli Surfboards]. On the way to the airport I picked up two stockies.” Lee Wilson recalled about the trip, “When I got there, it was about three times bigger than I expected, and to be honest, I felt pretty insignificant out there.”

“Big Wednesday came and I ride a stock 6’2″ and ended up wiping out so bad, I have trouble riding step ups, and I sat the rest of the day out and watched. It was terrifying, even from the beach.” Lee continued, “Honest. I knew the next day was gonna be solid as well and when I woke up it’s flames. I took a out my 5’8″ and got some really fun rides, I dare say I had the trip of my life.”

Scroll back to the top and watch two minutes of Lee and his 5’8″ all cut to some delightfully quick slow-mo. 

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