The Benak Tidal Bore in Malaysia is not like any other tidal bore that I have seen. Sure it looks a bit mucky but it is the quality of and distance it travels that makes it stand out from the crowd. It occurs when the river flow and high tide combine and creates a powerful and endless caramel coloured wave. Kyron Rathbone, a Tasmanian who regularly takes on Shipsterns Bluff on his Paddleboard, tackles the Benak in the aptly titled “Kyron and the chocolate factory” video below.
Kyron, is an instantly likeable fellow, who narrates throughout the video and he takes on the wave with much gusto and impresses with his Paddleboard skills. He has the art of sliding his tail absolutely dialled and throws his board and pumps the rails as though it was a shortboard.
It is said that one of the rides he managed actually went on for 28 minutes! Imagine that! 28 minutes of absolute peeling perfection, although his legs must have been killing him by the end. There is a section of the video where he is seen taking a break and cruising along in the sitting down position! Make sure you watch until the end where Kyron recalls nearly being hit by lightning and shrugs it off as no big deal!
Have you ever manage to surf a bore wave and what’s the longest ride you’ve ever managed?