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Trippy Links: Robbie Maddison Rides Waves In Teahupo’o


Whether a person is high, or sober, you can’t tell me that the human race hasn’t come up with crazy ways to cure their boredom. When I’m high, some of the ways I cure boredom are related to Netflix, stuffing my face, reading a book, or going for a walk…in fact, almost similar to when I’m sober. The closest I get to dare-devil-esque type antics are hiking on a steep incline, playing in a kickball league, or floating down a river…I know what you’re thinking, and yes I am a mad-woman. 😉

Never have I ever thought to myself, “You know what would be sick!? Surfing on a motorcycle!!” By now, most of you have probably already seen this video of Robbie Maddison shredding colossal waves on Teahupo’o in Tahiti.brian_halfbaked My first time watching this mesmerizing video was last Friday, I was high, and did I mentioned mesmerized? My husband (non cannabis user) showed it to me during a social gathering with other cannabis users, and the “duuuuuude” and “NO waaaay” of each person made me smile. If i’ve learned one thing about cannabis users, we love interesting and thought provoking videos, sometimes we’ll even settle for videos of adorable baby animals. Let me know if you like the Trippy Links section and share your links with us in the comments below!

Robbie To Surfer Mag On Why He Chose This Feat:

Well, let’s take it from the top. Where the hell did this idea come from?

Well, I grew up surfing, and my wife is a big-time wakeboard champion, so every time we’re home in Australia we’re in boats, on the water, etc. I guess the idea originally came from—well I mean I’m obviously a motorcycle guy—but I was on the back of a boat and we were cruising along the river and I’m looking at the wake coming up the back, watching her wakeboard, and something clicked in my head. I fantasized putting skis on a bike and riding on water. It was a stupid vision at the time, but I kept toying with it, playing with designs and concepts, and eventually it became a reality.

How does the perspective that we see in the photos and the video relate to what your perspective was of riding those waves in full gear on your bike?

The thing that sticks with me the most after that whole experience was how physically demanding it was. Honestly, I really thought that getting the right wave would have been easier [Laughs]. I don’t think the photos or video show how physical it was. You can’t see that when the wave broke right behind me, I honestly thought that might be the end of my life. I’ve never felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time more than I did right there. It was a near-death experience. At the end of the day, the images and footage say something pretty awesome, but the ferocity and how gnarly that thing was can’t really be put into words.

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