The Nathan Fletcher surfing year

December 19, 2011 | Surfing
Nathan Fletcher: the Teahupoo nightmare

Surf magazines call it the heaviest wave of the year, others pick it as the biggest wipeout of 2011 and a few believe it is one of the most difficult rides ever. Nathan Fletcher is a surfer with more attitude than hype around him.

On the 27th August 2011, it was Code Red day at Teahupoo, in Tahiti. Locals thought almost all waves were unsurfable. The heavy lips and deep rides were definitely a huge risk for the lives of experienced surfers.

Nathan Fletcher, for many the best all-around surfer in the world, felt he had to drop in that huge 20-foot monster and go for it. After bottom turning, he knew he had to speed up in the highway ahead.

The footage tells the rest of story. Despite the horror images, Fletcher came out safe and sound. In the end, the 37-year-old surfer from San Clemente scored a few cover magazines and the respect from the entire world surfing community.

Nathan Fletcher is one of the most flexible surfers, as he proves his quality skills in the small and big waves, scoring deep barrels and going vertical for the exquisite aerial repertoire. The year 2011 has only been a confirmation of what he will show us in the upcoming wave rides.