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We’ve teamed up with our friends at Korev and over the next eight days we’ll be bringing you each of the individual clips shortlisted for our Best British Barrel competition, before we pull them all together and let you vote for your favourite. To kick things off we’ve got Ritchie Mullins in a long murky drainer from back in 2007.
Newquay boy Ritchie Mullins was part of a large pro contingent during British surfing’s mid-naughties boom. He spent much of his career chasing swells around the British Isles, on missions that filled the pages of Britain’s premiere surf rags, as well as scoring video parts in MVP, Performing Monkeys and Substance. He has since retired from pro surfing and now captains boats, but can still be found shredding around The British Isles whenever he gets the chance.
This clip comes from Mr B’s seminal 2007 British surf flick ‘Substance’, and is one of a few incredible clips from the session that feature in the film. Here’s what Ritchie recounted of the session:
“That day was at the start of winter after a really bad summer of surf at home- like the worst summer ever for waves!
That wave was towards the end of the session and I was feeling pretty knackered, but those days you stay out until the tide is too high or you get cramp so bad you’re forced to get washed back to land!
Oli Adams was right next to me but I was on the inside and there was no way I was letting him get it
It’s like, when you roll off the back of the wave before and first lay eyes on that perfect one, then realising you’re in the perfect spot and thinking I’M GOING! That’s the exciting part. Oli Adams was right next to me but I was on the inside and there was no way I was letting him get it, so taking the drop I was in full focus mode to not fuck it up, then I just waited at the bottom and let the wave overtake me before standing there chilling in the lounge “