29 April, 2013 29 April, 2013

How Long is ‘Long’? – Kevin Olsen, France

At what point can a barrel be classified as ‘long’? Also, is it the number of seconds spent beneath the falling curtain, or is it the distance travelled inside the vortex?

For instance, while a six-second barrel might not crack the ‘insanely long’ mark, it would be classified as ‘long’. In this clip Slummies ex-pat Kevin Olsen records six seconds of barrel time on this Hossegor, France drainer, but he travels what must be 60 metres* before getting chowed – which many of us would consider ‘insanely long’.

Either way, that means Kevin was averaging 36km/h while he weaved his way through this tunnel with no escape.

* Zag’s Monday guestimate.


  1. loop
    29 April, 2013 at 7:09 am · Reply

    Oh my South of France! love those beachies!

  2. Tank
    29 April, 2013 at 8:35 am · Reply

    There is footage of KO doing 15 seconds at a nameless spot on the south coast….

  3. Tank
    29 April, 2013 at 8:37 am · Reply

    AND this is a pit.

  4. Jonesy PE
    2 May, 2013 at 8:36 am · Reply

    Sick -I would have also fallen off coming out the tube
    with all those French boobies on the beach poking me in the eyes.

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