Watch­ing Dave Otto’s lat­est footage “The Orig­i­nals” from Ship­sterns Bluff in Tas­ma­nia is like watch­ing a hor­ror movie. Mon­ster waves don’t just break against the head­land, they mutate into bizarre surfer-eater shapes. 

At first, it’s all fun and games. Pros are in con­trol get­ting bar­reled in huge tubes. A surfer holds a glo­ry pose while throw­ing back a beer. Then, it all changes. Ledges appear on the wave face from nowhere. Whirlpools form beneath surfers’ boards and suck them into their vortex.

Giant swell is no stranger at Ship­sterns. The bluff was orig­i­nal­ly called Devil’s Point because it juts out from the remote, unpop­u­lat­ed south­east­ern coast of Tas­ma­nia, and it takes sub-polar storms orig­i­nat­ing in Antarc­ti­ca on the chin.

Hap­less vic­tims and near miss­es keep the ten­sion high through­out the footage. Surfers that do man­age to escape get deep into the tube and hit the stairstep ledges that form on the wave face ear­ly. Those that get rag-dolled hit a late ledge while they’re going top speed near the bot­tom of the wave.

Pros like Kel­ly Slater and Tas­man­ian local Mar­ti Par­a­di­sis slay these beasts, but with all the car­nage you start get­ting the feel­ing that someone’s not going to make it. The waves seem too gnarly, too raw, and too strong.

Then you see the hor­ror movie ending.

Kel­ly Slater is a liv­ing leg­end. He’s the cur­rent hold­er of 11 ASP World Titles, along with an unprece­dent­ed 52 WCT vic­to­ries span­ning across three decades, and let’s not for­get that he also had a role in Bay­watch for 10 episodes with Pamela Ander­son.

And, he’s not slow­ing down with age.

On March 13, 2013 Slater came rip­ping through the high­ly cov­et­ed Gold Coast bar­rels of Kir­ra Beach, Aus­tralia to take down the rein­ing champ Joel Parkin­son, in the best tubes of the competition.

In the final heat of the head to head show down, Slater edged out Parkinson’s best two waves with a final score of 18.56 out of 20, near­ly a point above Parkinson.

The win solid­i­fies his 11thASP world title mak­ing him the youngest to win, at age 20, and now the old­est to win the ASP World Cham­pi­on title at age 41. This was the open­ing event of the 2013 world tour.

In oth­er words, you could say that he’s a surf god.