It should have been a subdued start after last night’s beer shenanigans but time and tide wait for no man so the alarms rang out early. We checked the gaps in the Horizontal Falls, but they were still death on a stick, so we sessioned the gorge instead.
We also saw a terrifying saltwater croc, which I’d estimate at 70ft long, at least. The local guides thought it was closer to seven feet, but they’re not to be believed. One of the cinematographers has become obsessed with checking the gap in the falls. He suggests another look every 18 seconds, but instead we trucked on to the insane trick of the ocean called Montgomery Reef.
JD and I rode doubles through the long channels, dodging the runoff rivulets that enter as sidestreams. They blast you sideways and there are turtles everywhere
It’s another weird supertide anomaly. At high tide it’s flat ocean, but at low tide it’s like 20ft high, slope-sided above ground pools with rock and reef walls rise out of the water, with long channels between them and rivulets constantly running down the sides. With water cascading down the sides, up to maybe a foot deep, all the way along, like a crazy giant spillway.
Grubb tied four ropes together, did a couple of ollies and a sick shuvit from the top and then rode down the 15ft-high incline into the channel. That was ballsy, because the reef is stoney and sharp with oysters and hard and soft coral. He nailed three runs before it got too shallow. If he’d faceplanted it would have been a free heli-ride to hospital and his ridiculously good looks would have been shot. Grubb is single, so he’d have had to rely on his personality to attract women. Which would probably, you know, be forced celibacy.
Then JD and I rode doubles through the long channels, dodging the runoff rivulets that enter as sidestreams. They blast you sideways and there are turtles everywhere. Parks is planning on adding one to his “things I’ve wrestled this trip” tally, but I’m hoping to maybe strap one to each foot like dinner plates and revolutionize skiing.
Rugged, beautiful country with narrow gullies that cause the horizontal waterfalls