Nothing But The Hits From Mikala Jones and Ry Craike's POV Shootout
Mikala and Ry are two of the best to ever wield a GoPro in hefty tubes.
Ry Craike and Mikala Jones had never met before we piled them into a 4x4 and slapped their rears in direction of the desert.
If you're familiar with the two then it wouldn't be a surprise to learn that they got on famously. Whilst Kalbarri in north west Australia and Rocky Point on the North Shore aren't similar geographically or culturally, both have tendencies to facilitate laid back surfers with loves of big tubes, two traits which Mikala and Ry undoubtedly share. We figured they'd be a perfect team to link up and attempt to capture the greatest POV tube footage imaginable, and our instincts subsequently proved correct.
Ry had only been to this unique part of the world once before, but was blown away by the set ups. "I was frothing to check that joint out again," he told us from Kalbarri (where he'd just got out of the surf, which he described as "six foot and pretty pumping.")
"It's an amazing zone that's for sure."
When it came to the dynamics of our team, Ry said that his love of lefts, and Mikala's complementary love of rights, didn't really hinder their vision quest as it allowed them to focus on getting each other into the best waves. "That mad right they all surfed was terrifying for me," Ry said. "There was so much energy unloading on one piece of reef, and there were at least four or five guys getting properly hurt each day."
Therefore, Ry was more than happy to whip Mikala into "a few" (typically massive overstatement), before scoping out a left that was more his speed.
"I ended up finding this sick left that they don't really surf too much, and it was pumping," Ry says. "Nobody out, had two good sessions out there, got some hell pits and that was me."
Head here to see for yourself what can be achieve with a camera roughly the same size as a satsuma.