Surfer, Meet Pier.

by Owen James Burke

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Screenshot from @snaketales’ Instagram video.

“Shooting the pier” is an iconic rite of passage for many Southern California surfers, and it was something that was always on my list while living there. I’m glad I never tried it. Here’s why:

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All it takes is a little audacity and a late drop-in. Screenshot from @snaketales’ Instagram video.

Surfing in Cali can be super dangerous !! Hahahha @kook_of_the_day

A video posted by Jake Paterson (@snaketales) on

Frankly, I’m boggled that he didn’t surface in a bloody pulp, but the look on this poor guy’s face is telling, and I can’t imagine he’ll be giving this stunt another go. At least I hope not. –OJB

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