WATCH: Surfer sets himself on fire and rides the waves
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 24, 2015 11:04 AM
"There's a new challenge every time, from the trial runs on land, to taking it to the water, then surfing a wave and eventually weaving through a barrel." - Jamie O'Brien (photo from O'Brien's Instagram @whoisjob)
How do you make surfing even more extreme?
Simple, you just set yourselfon fire as you slice through waves.
Surfer and stuntman Jamie O'Brien did just that as he put on a wetsuit, lit himself on fire and caught giant waves at the reef off Teahupo'o on Tahiti's southwestern coast.
"The craziest thing was getting on the boat in the dark. The light where you'd normally start paddling out is the light that you need to get lit on fire. And then you're surfing over a razor-sharp reef in a perfect environment and trying to time everything with the whole set. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. And the build-up, the nerves … it still feels like every time I get lit on fire is the first time, because there's a new challenge every time, from the trial runs on land, to taking it to the water, then surfing a wave and eventually weaving through a barrel," O'Brien said per Red Bull's Nate Hoppes.
Watch the incredible stunt in the clip below.