Bruce Irons goes blind surfing at Teahupoo

February 8, 2012 | Surfing
Bruce Irons: surfing Teahupoo in the dark | Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

Surfing Teahupoo demands eyeballs and control over fear. Bruce Irons doesn't think so and decided to ride the one of the most dangerous waves in the world completely blindfolded.

The surf stunt is a test to the fittest and finest. Irons should know very well how the Tahitian wave opens in order to feel it and surf it. Our friends at Stab Magazine have decided to feature it in the cover of their 56th issue and he surely deserves it.

Domenic Mosqueira, the surf photographer in charge of capturing the challenging move, was absolutely stunned with what Bruce Irons had made.

"It could've been a clown car show in there. It’s really something to see someone that knowledgeable ride a wave, to see his hand in the face, reading it as if it was Braille", explains Mosqueira.

Bruce Irons has a point over the blindfolded surf ride experience. "The hardest part is just the angle". Indeed. Irons also valued his left hand as it touched and felt the face of the wave while barreling.

The iconic Hawaiian's instinct is fine-tuned with the power and specification of the famous Teahupoo ride. It seems likes he is, in fact, really reading the entire wave with his eyes.

Interestingly, Irons revealed he couldn't close his eyes, even though "all I saw was black". In one particular wave, the Teahupoo wave spray even blew off his blindfold. Bruce Irons had already had a strange experience, when he went flare surfing.

Watch how Bruce Irons surfed Teahupoo blindfolded.