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Wade Carroll reckons the best make-rate out here currently belongs to Mikey Wright, who might make 2/10 waves “on a good day.”

More Hypnotic Footage From Australia’s Mostly Unmakeable Wedge Slab

Haz and Rolo’s day off.

cinema // Mar 23, 2024
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: 2 minutes

“Often the wedge that comes across is so big it blows the wave apart. You can’t even get into it, the wave literally starts going in reverse,” Pretty Physics visual architect, Wade Carroll, explained to us. “If it looks hard for those guys, it’s really fucken hard. Your average Joe wouldn’t want a bar of it. Even Noz didn’t like it much – just because of how hard it is to make and how bad the floggings are.”

The wave Wade speaks of featured instrumentally in three of 2022’s best films — Quiksilver’s ‘Saturn,’ Wade Carroll’s ‘DUMP’ (Feat. Mikey Wright) and Noa Deane’s ‘Nozvid’ — and stands as the hypnotic closer to the latest Pretty Physics dispatch. 

Pioneered by bodyboarders, the wave reportedly has a habit of looking 2-foot from the beach and 8-foot from the lineup.

No surprises then, that in the latest installment of haphazard footage, Harry Bryant opts to steer a boog through the foam-filled triangles — rather than go through the trouble of trying to stand up.

It’s 2024 and diversity among disciplines has never been higher. Haz, dragging.

“Watching guys figure it out is half the fun,” says Wade. “In an average four or five hour session with a handful of surfers, there might be one or two makes, but you still have 10 usable clips of them getting obliterated — snapping boards or ripping wetties open or getting beached on the rocks.” 

It also stands as one of the only waves where an entirely slo-mo section is not only justified, it’s preferred.

As for the first 12-minutes of ‘UGE BUT ALSO TIC,’ we’re offered vlog of sorts, following the bottomless irony of Harry Bryant and Rolo Montes as they galavant through the various rock-shelves of New South Wales’ quieter coastlines. 

There’s something to be said for an inside joke, repeated endlessly, that still has the capacity to make the viewer chuckle.

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