10 Frigid Slabs you probably don’t want to surf.
I love to shoot a good slab, so picturesque, it’s why so many turn up on this site, but really they are cold, fickle, semi dry lumps of rock that are really not that pleasant. Here’s the favourite 10 from The Plastic Project so far. Not naming any, well most, some are obvious, and it doesn’t take much to figure where they are.
- This is a frozen, shifty, fickle nightmare of a lump of rock. It’s also very pretty on the rare occasions it actually works. There is a defined takeoff spot, but sets shift over about a football pitch sized area of reef. It’s in Iceland, so it’s cold most of the year, the actual water temperature is not so bad, but the air can get vicious.
- If you like cold, and I love it, and I mean no Gulf Stream no warming influence of cold then this wave is all you need. There is no land mass to the north, just ice, it’s fickle, an offshore is straight off snowfields, but it sure is a fun little wedge to get tubed on.
- This wave looks oh so pretty, at dead low tide and a decent swell this comes in and heaves, peels, and hoses. Trouble is, is right at the exit a rock sticks out and would destroy any would be wave rider, not even spongers have given this a dig, despite how perfect it looks here.
- I love mysto waves like this, you know the ones, people start getting dreamy eyed when certain numbers and wind directions start lighting up magic seaweed. This is one of those, but the slab has so many imperfections in it, has a cross warble which this photo hides, and although regularly rideable, rarely throws up the perfect heaving slab these shots suggest. Always nice to get excited over a couple of beers about it though.
- That wave on the East coast that we can’t name, or really talk about. We’ve been shooting some beach cleans up around here in the last two months, it’s really interesting the difference in what gets washed up on the east coast as compared to the South West or Scotland. This wave is way more fickle than you think, in reality it needs a big period and clean winds to reach potential, but as Eugene found out this day, when it does, it’s pretty mental. I first went here when I was thirteen incredibly, a little jaunt up the coast for a Norfolk boy, weren’t many crowds in the eighties thats for sure.
- Number 10s, no point in keeping this one nameless. It’s a simple one to describe, the reef is uneven, most swell directions close out, the right swell directions still close out a lot, it sucks dry whenever it feels like it, but it is so photogenic, so I try not to bring those points up with any surfers I’m with.
7. I know this is Cornwall, and Cornwall for all its undulating loveliness sucks at geology, and thus slabs are rare and the ones like this are crazy fickle and down right dangerous, worth chucking in the mix though.
8. This is pretty much the only world class wave on here, standing lonely in the Canadian wilderness, it sucks in all north pacific swell, then heaves it out over a slab, cushioned slightly by kelp. The Bruhwiler brothers pioneered it, Pete Devries and Noah Cohen now join them to charge it, works from 2 – 10 feet and has a local crew of Bears, but there is still plastic on the beach.
9. This ledge of rock is horrific, it’s a long paddle along a cliff, is so exposed that offshore winds are still not great, swell directions are always multiple, the tide is a nightmare, and if you screw up you are so far away from help that it’s a distinct worry. However, pick the right one, on the one day of the year it is any good, and you could get a head dip or two.
10. Bag Pipe, Baggies, Mac Pipe, The Pipes of Peace and of course San Andreas, five names for one popular slice of rock in Scotland. I love this little slab of rock, but I used to love it more before a slight Earth tremor shortened the wave, I used to think that was a joke too, but I’m starting to believe. The place is super fun, if only it would get bigger than four foot, then it would be amazing, I think I’ve only seen it bigger once sadly.
So there is a little rundown on slabs of the plastic project so far, all fickle, all lovely to look, most insane to try and ride. As always if you’d like to help us £1 from every reader would fund our whole educational mission every year and you can do that HERE