Lookout

A June 6th swell along the east coast of Australia hit The Lucky Country with outright destructive conditions, spinning up a maelstrom of heavy wipeouts and carnage-laced footage. Across the Bass Strait, chargers like Danny Griffiths, Marti Paradisis, and Mikey Brennan rolled the dice on a certain Tasmanian slab and scored some of the most wide-open, and truly terrifying, pits of the year.

Danny Griffiths

Danny Griffiths, stuffed into a nearly-sealed envelope of Tasman green.

Danny Griffiths

Can’t attack a claim when the conditions are this heavy. Griffiths, justified boasting.

Empty

The road less traveled – and less forgiving, depending on which side you land on.

Marti Paradisis

How Marti Paradisis navigated this ledge is beyond us, and far, far beyond our curiosity to find out for ourselves.

Marti Paradisis

Paradisis has made a career out of skating deadly foam balls like this.

Mikey Brennan

It takes more than a split face and a broken cheekbone for Mikey Brennan to stay away from mutant Tasmanian slabs. Two-and-a-half months after a brutal wipeout, he’s back and fully frothed.

Mikey Brennan

Brennan, standing-room only, for him and about 50 other people.

Rudi Schwartz

Sometimes, a flailing hand on the wall is all that separates you from an inverted ejection over the falls. Rudi Schwartz, desperately seeking a handrail.

Rudi Schwartz

Schwartz, a transplant from The Sunshine Coast, has made a home in these fearsome Tasmanian slabs, some of which are large enough to actually contain a home.

Rudi Schwartz

Schwartz, making it look almost easy.

Tyler Hollmer

Tyler Hollmer-Cross poses for a new profile picture.

Zeb Critchlow

Zeb Critchlow, eager to pay the hug forward after a green giant does the same.