Dan Ryan: air drop into barrel

Dan Ryan has scored epic air drops into deep barrels, in Teahupoo, Tahiti, during the largest swell of the year.


The adrenaline-fueled 13th May 2013 has been considered an historical big wave surfing day, in the French Polynesian island. Too big to paddle-in, too vertical for surfers. No worries.

Dan Ryan, member of the big wave bodyboarding club, was one of the few prone riders defying fear, at the Teahupoo bowl. When the moment came, he went for it, big time.

Air drops at "The End of the Road" are pretty dangerous. If your force a ride by going over the falls, you'll lose speed when you land your board a few feet from the reef.

The Teahupoo right-hander does not wait for wave riders. It just keeps moving, so all air drops should be prepared to get the "wipeout" stamp. Despite all these setbacks, Dan Ryan's courage was deeply appreciated by all surfers.

Watch a suicidal bodyboarding air-drop at 3:03.