Now the dust has settled from the great storm known as Hercules and the clear up is well underway, we have been taking a look at some of the many videos that have now reached the masses and have chosen our favourite three. Hercules caused much excitement through Europe and down into Africa and lit up some of the well known big wave spots from Ireland to Morocco.
Whilst many homes, businesses and people suffered at the hands of this once in a blue moon giant storm, for surfers it was a momentary slice of heaven. Even riders who are more comfortable in the smaller stuff and people who have no interest in surfing gathered to watch the might of Mother Nature as she carved her way through the Atlantic.
The first video we feature was shot at Anchor Point in Taghazout Morocco, a spot that has seen some mighty swells over the years but on the 7th of January it saw a swell that combined with a few very brave watermen, will be remembered for a very long time. Reports of 45 minute paddle outs and a sea mist caused by the exploding lip that blocked out the horizon only added to the mystique of the session. The reason we feature this particular video is for the sheer excitement and level of stoke in the crowd when this unknown Hellman strokes into the belly of the beast.
Up next is a clip from the Algarve that was filmed at Lagos and whilst not necessarily known for huge dredging waves, in massive storms such as Hercules this spot comes alive. Portuguese surfer Alex Botelho catches the wave of the day when he hooks onto a wave that lasts for nearly 2 minutes and is estimated to have ridden the swell for up to a kilometre! Even better is the way Alex casually steps of his board at the next beach down and strolls of with what we imagine must be the biggest grin he has ever had!
Finally our last clip shows Australian Jamie Mitchell paddling into an absolute monster at the big wave spot Belharra in France. Whilst Jamie unfortunately doesn’t end up making the drop and gunning off into the sunset, you have to admire his sheer determination and bravado for attempting it in the first place. We can only imagine the weight of Jamie’s testicles must have overbalanced him! It’s worth watching just to try and put yourself in Jamie’s shoes and imagine the flogging he must have endured.
Take a look at the clips below and let us know if you have seen any better footage from Hercules and tell us if you were lucky enough to get in somewhere and surf this once in a lifetime storm.