Stab Magazine | Watch: World's Luckiest Surfer Clocks 180 Seconds Of Tube-Time At Empty, Perfect Kandui!
335 Views

Watch: World’s Luckiest Surfer Clocks 180 Seconds Of Tube-Time At Empty, Perfect Kandui!

You read the book, now watch the movie.

cinema // Jul 30, 2020
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Two weeks ago we chatted with Anthony Fillingim, the Costa Rican kid who found himself “stranded” at Kandui Resort during their peak swell season with no one else around. 

If that run-on sentence overwhelmed you, imagine arriving at pumping, eight-foot Nokandui and there’s nobody in the water.

Are you: excited, terrified, anxious? Some combo of the three?

Whatever Anthony was feeling, he swallowed that shit and proceeded to wrangle freight-training tube after freight-training tube, plowing through foamballs with his bulletproof Stretch and laughing his way back to the lineup for his pick of the next set.

…For three days straight.

If a camera hadn’t been there to capture it, we’d have a hard time believing all of the above was true. It sounds something outta Barbarian Days, but better, and set in the 21st century.

But it is true, it did happen, and now you can see it with your own two eyes. 

Here are a few words from the director of this digital spectacle, the reverent Justis St. John, who copped a massive beating of his own on this swell (heal up, Jus!):

The one thing that kept going through my mind when I edited this is how much barrel time Anthony got in 3 days. It’s really unprecedented in my opinion. Just in this swell alone, I counted 180 seconds of barrel time in three days, and that’s not including the ones he didn’t make. Combining all the factors of: Kandui as good as it gets, no one out, and someone like Anthony just lucking into the entire situation, I’m convinced it will never happen again in our lives.

Kandui at that angle, that size, and neap tides is easily the heaviest wave in Indonesia. I’ve surfed and shot 10-foot Grower, Ulus, etc., and nothing compares to west Kandui on the end bowl. It’s as shallow as it gets but perfect as it gets. Stoked Anthony had a solid go—you find out really quick if someone wants waves like that, and it’s unheard of to rush it like that the first time. 

Anthony recently landed back in the Americas, where he will spend a month tube-detoxing in California before returning home to Costa Rica with enough surf stories to last 17 lifetimes.  

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

Ongoing Dialogue: Jack Freestone And Album’s Matt Parker On How They Get Sparks To Fly

"Nowadays, a standard thruster feels pretty alt to me." -Jack

Oct 2, 2022

Davo’s Death Strikes At Surfing’s Core

The underground icon battled demons til the end. His untimely demise is yet another cautionary…

Oct 1, 2022

Macaroni in the Pot

Jaleesa Vincent and 200 Lefts in the Mentawais

Oct 1, 2022

Introducing A Brand New Travel Series (With A Familiar Name)

Watch the first New York episode of Stab & Red Bull's No Contest Off Tour.

Sep 30, 2022

Leandro Dora: Pro Surfer, Businessman, Punk Rock Festival Organizer, Spiritual Mentor, And World Title Winning Surf Coach 

Meet one of the most beloved and effective individuals in the athlete's zone.

Sep 29, 2022

12:31

You’re Gonna Click On A New Oscar Langburne Video

Style that can't be denied.

Sep 29, 2022

Long Read: An Angel At My Table

From Stab Issue 15, October 2006: Chris Davidson has one more shot at the big…

Sep 28, 2022

5:07

Watch: Kalani David’s Last Dance

A final surf part from the Hawaiian surf/skate prodigy.

Sep 28, 2022

Taylor Steele Won’t Let Surf Filmmaking Die Without a Fight

Movies shown, filmmaking advice, punk rock at the 2022 Solento Surf Festival.

Sep 28, 2022

Wait, Are We Going To See Moana Jones In The Olympics At Teahupo’o?

Team USA (women) and Japan (men) should be able to choose anyone they want to…

Sep 27, 2022

Donald Brink and Matt Biolos Win Mick Fanning’s Electric Acid Surfboard Test

And we had a party in Oceanside to celebrate.

Sep 26, 2022

Kanoa Igarashi and Kirra Pinkerton Answer Call Of Duty, Win Medals Of Honor In 2022 ISA World Games

Teams Japan, USA, and France move into Victor’s Village.

Sep 26, 2022

The Best Euro Surf Trips That Mightn’t Be On Your Radar

Want to know which less-trodden nation offers the most potential?

Sep 26, 2022

Former CT Surfer Chris Davidson Passes Away At Age 45

A radical life tragically ends outside a bar in New South Wales.

Sep 25, 2022

Where You Should Be In Europe Right Now

An overview of the region's greatest hits.

Sep 25, 2022

The Team Ukraine Interview

“There are mines near the shore, and already a lot of people have died…so it’s…

Sep 24, 2022

Mormaii Founder Raided By Brazilian Feds On Suspicion Of Plotting Against Democracy

Curiously, he's the second surf brand founder to become entangled in a political scandal of…

Sep 24, 2022

The Electric Acid Surfboard Test With Mick Fanning, Episode 4

There are three boards left. Which one is Mick taking home?

Sep 23, 2022
Advertisement