INSANE, HE SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE AND THEN SURFS THE HEAVY WAVE!
An Instagram challenge and Jamie burned to meet it. Imagine weaving through a barrel in the heaviest wave while your body is on fire – this was no simple feat!! In the first attempt, Jamie burnt some of his eyebrow and eyelashes – so he knew that the heat was real and extreme precaution had to be exercised.
Add changed and heavier buoyancy to the danger of the flames, as a result of the required number of wet suits to give his skin the necessary protection. All this made this a crazy challenge – only a mad man would rise to this, a man who loves the thrill of the ocean and adrenaline rush. Only one man would do it – Jamie O’Brien.
Jamie finds surfing so simple, that he is constantly pushing the envelope to get that rush he craves. He has lived his whole life at the Pipeline and he will travel the world hunting down the next big swell – from Mexico, Fiji, Indonesia to Micronesia. He simply keeps on taming the big swell.
Being on fire while in the barrel made a significant difference, Jamie said:
The whole barrel lights up fluorescent orange! It’s this really crazy feeling. Usually in the barrel everything slows down and you don’t hear anything, but the noise of a flame in the barrel is incredible. You can’t really describe it. And I had this flame just wrapping around my head, which was pretty insane, something totally different than anything I’ve ever done before.
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