When it comes to barrel riding, nobody in the history of surfing has ever had a 100-percent make rate. Eventually the ax falls on everyone.
Nathan Florence has spent his life pulling into barrels at Pipe and knows this full well. He also knows that the secret to longevity at the Banzai reef is, in the words of the late Kenny Rogers, knowing when to hold 'em and knowing when to fold 'em.
In his latest YouTube drop, Florence breaks down his time-tested theories on how to survive closeout barrels.
He offers sage advice like, "Jump feet first, land underwater, whoosh yourself and aim out the back of the wave."
Simple, right? Now you try.
Better yet, watch Florence's 30-minute tutorial first, then go get yourself properly pitted.