Shane Beschen: triple Perfect 10 for the history of surfing

Three Perfect 10 wave rides. In 1996, while competing at the Kirra Pro, Shane Beschen scored three flawless tube travels.

Matt Warshaw, the passionate surf historian, is carefully preparing the launch of the digital version of the Encyclopedia of Surfing.

Meanwhile, he found rare footage from Shane Beschen's impeccable surf lines drawn at the 1996 Billabong Kirra Pro. Back in those days, competitive surfers got overall heat scores based on the best three rides.

The 20th century Kirra waves were perfect peeling dreams, manually cut by the gods of the Coral Sea. And Shane Beschen got the most of it, only for himself.

Shane's three Perfect 10s belong to the most memorable pages of the history of surfing. His fourth best wave was also a near-pristine ride: 9.99 points. Unreal.

The American surfer would later add more information to the story of the heat. Apparently, judges were overscoring waves. The first tube ride - awarded with a Perfect 10 - was clearly inferior to those barrels that he would pull, so judges had to keep high judgments.

The truth is that we may never get a "30" on the heat scoreboard. Shane Beschen is the first and only professional surfer to get that triple Perfect 10 ever.