This is a genius idea; a team of surfers placed a floating dock off the coast of Bali for an entirely different way to drop into a six-foot swell.
‘The Dock’ highlights the Volcom surf team’s attempt at creating a paddleless lineup in amazing Balinese surf; the concept is reminiscent of the launch bridge at Surf Snowdonia.
“Anchoring a 100 foot half tonne plastic raft in the middle of a surf break is no easy feat,” explained photographer Tom Carey in an interview with Stab Magazine. He continued:
Our intention was an experiment in alternative wave entry-a paddleless lineup. But, turns out, alternative water entry has its pitfalls. Six-foot faces slamming onto a half tonne block of plastic is a recipe for injury and fortunately for us, not disaster. Although, it had a penchant making surfboards look like they’d fallen from the roof of a car madly swerving down a highway.
Everything about the dock was dangerous. The whole idea, the ropes in the waves, giant plastic heavy duty industrial blocks coming at your head.
Still, as Stab Mag puts it, what’s fun without a little heightened heart rate?!