It is no secret that Nic Von Rupp has been on an all out tear these past few years. Making himself a staple name at Nazare as well as other big wave spots in Europe. With the “certain death” swell forecasted for this past week, Nic finally had the chance to surf Mavericks for the first time.
It was about 3 weeks ago Nic Von Rupp mentioned something about going left at Mavs. I quickly threw him under the bus with a IG post about his idea and he was not too stoked about the added pressure of not only surfing Mavericks for the first time but now the anticipation about going left like few before him. Moving forward leading up to the swell, I asked Nathan Fletcher if Von Rupp could use his 9’9 I shaped for him back in 2011 for the same exact reason. Nathan’s response “of course!” adding a bit more pressure to Nic’s already hectic week.
It was early Monday morning when Nic and photographer Seth de Roulet stopped by the factory to bring in a freshly buckled 8’6 and still a good amount of enthusiasm. We got him set up on a new Stretch Tow Board and also gave him the keys to Nathan’s 9’9″ CompGun, He was back in the lineup within an hour.
“On my fourth wave we were trying to get deeper,” he said. “And I’m bottom turning and Francisco [Porcella] is on the bowl going sideways on the ski. I just went straight, and the thing landed on me and exploded me into the air. My wetsuit ripped open, I was holding on to the vest so it wouldn’t come off. I got smoked. Eventually, he picked me up, and that was the end of the tow session.” -Nic Von Rupp
After a hectic week of travel, broken boards, jet ski madness and an extremely sore body, Nic sent us this.
“Its been a dream of mine to huck into a Mavs Black Hole for some time, everything about this wave is scary..
The Cold, Sharks, Steep drops, big boards.. If you fall you are right in the apex of a Mavericks guillotine.
Its real deal out there.
Stretch Surfboard made a 9.9 for Nathan Fletcher to knife the left back in 2011, Somehow it ended up under my arm
That thing knifed like a 6.6.. “ – Nic Von Rupp