Journey to the Bottom of the Earth
Shackleton Would Go
After two years of planning, Chile's Ramon Navarro and his team at Red Bull spent six days at sea crossing the infamous Drake Passage, all with the goal of finding surf in Antarctica. Joined in the water by friend Dan Malloy, Navarro rode some waves, found some setups that held "potential," but most importantly survived one of the most extreme surf trips in history.
Left Turn at Antarctica
Google Maps can't help you now. Hundreds of miles from civilization, Navarro and Malloy plot their next move.
Malloy to Navarro: "So what you're telling me is we're going surfing out there?"
Surf discovery can be a lonely endeavor. Navarro steps into the great white beyond to see what he can find off the beaten path.
Surf Is Where You Find It
The backdrop tells the story. While most surf trips are set in lush, warm, tropical destinations, Navarro (pictured) and Malloy put a considerably colder twist on the conventional formula.
A Chilean national, Navarro is the county's biggest surfing ambassador. Throughout his notable career, the pursuit of riding giant waves has taken him all around the world, but never before to the bottom of it.
Jet Ski Scouting
Waves can be found breaking off reefs, points, sandbars and rock outcroppings. But unlike just about anywhere else in the world, in Antarctica, icebergs offer up potential opportunities, too. Navarro and Malloy leave no stone -- or chunk of ice -- unexplored.
Top and Bottom
Carving out a top turn at the bottom of the world, Navarro puts his sled on a rail in the icy waters.
It just goes to show that no matter where in the world you go, you're always going to find some unruly local that's not all that excited to see you.
Prepared for any kind of surf they may stumble upon, Navarro pulls a board out of his "snow rack."
Navarro is renowned for his abilities in surf of extraordinary size and power. The waves he rode in Antarctica weren't huge, but his focus was always more on discovery than quality. Now he knows where to go the next time he heads south.
A lot of surfers use various forms of yoga and stretching to keep themselves loose and limber for their next session, but wedged between ice and his tent, Navarro found it hard to keep the muscles warm.
Optimism Burns Eternal
While the surf was far from perfect or big, Navarro was encouraged by the "enormous potential" he and his crew discovered on their expedition.