This Is One Ridiculous, Fun, and Clearly Perilous Way to Catch a Wave

The guys over at Stab Magazine have entirely reinvented the pop up, with 100-foot-long floating strip of plastic they call “The Dock.” This half ton contraption allows surfers to launch into a wave from a standing position, and it’s getting some serious test runs on a surf break in Bali. 

The Dock coils over the waves, giving surfers a running start to drop in on top of a wave, what the creators are calling “an alternative wave entry technique.” It looks like a lot of fun. 

But let’s be clear, the floating launchpad is perilous. “It would just kill you if it hit you, yeah?” asks Noa Deane, one of The Dock’s first riders in the video. “When it wears a wave on the head it kicks like a snake. Like, Balaram jumped up and went six feet in the air. Then he landed on the wire, so sketchy. It whips right at the end because it’s connected to a cable which adds extra tension.”

So before you start stringing together your own floating pier, you may want to ask yourself, is popping up for a wave — like you’ve done over and over, every time since your first surf session — really so hard?