Kerby Brown faces monster Kalbarri break on film

Bryce LuffGeraldton Guardian
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Kerby Brown rides just metres from the rocks at Red Bluff.
Camera IconKerby Brown rides just metres from the rocks at Red Bluff. Credit: Alasdair Evans

Geraldton’s big wave tamer Kerby Brown has been filmed surfing a seriously delicate line off the Kalbarri coast.

Brown, the star of a documentary being released in February, was captured delicately dancing between a rock ledge and ferocious, barrelling waves after a huge set rolled into Kalbarri’s Red Bluff.

“Kerby Brown is not one to hold back when it comes to crazy slabs,” Alasdair Evans posted, having filmed the West Aussie’s session from above using a drone.

“He’s not afraid to get towed in from deep, hug a dry rock ledge and then proceed to get spat out of a draining barrel.

“It is a truly unique approach which makes for exciting viewing.”

Footage captured by Evans showed how one slip or one wrong line would prove costly, with heavy waves crashing over the exposed rock.

“Just watched the whole thing — this is so pure,” one person commented.

“Just the sound of the waves crushing on to that dry reef. Breathtaking to watch him — so cool.”

Another said the Mid West wave looks “scarier than Teahupo’o”, referencing Tahiti’s famous monster surf break.

“Huge respect to the team for there great work and the surfers for charging,” they said.

Kerby Brown's epic water actions will be featured in the World Premier of Facing Monsters at CinefestOZ this year.
Camera IconFacing Monsters premiered in Geraldton last November to a sold-out theatre. Credit: Supplied/RegionalHUB

The colossal waves — known as slabs — only form in places where the coast rises sharply out of deep ocean to a very shallow, or in this case slightly exposed surface.

It comes as Brown prepares for the release of a documentary based on his big wave escapades. Facing Monsters premiered in Geraldton last November to a sold-out theatre.

Producer Chris Veerhuis described it as “The Free Solo of surf”. The film follows Brown and his brother Cortney as they seek out some of WA’s most dangerous waves, not least the break at Red Bluff.

“It’s a film about fear, addictions, and family bonds as we explore what drives Kerby, what anchors him and why he’s obsessed with pitting himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces,” an official synopsis from the production reads.

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