Burcher’s Little Pickle

The humble big wave madman doubles down on the pain

IT started with a U-turn, resulted in a near drowning and ended with an almost humours image of a body caught in the lip of a heaving south coast wave.

The body, near drowning and U-turn all belong to East coast surfer Brett Burcher, one of the select breed who’ll happily drop everything and burn thousands of kilometres to chase waves of serious consequence.

“I’d flown over to Perth and driven up to surf Gnaraloo with Fergal Smith, from Ireland,” says Burcher of the fateful trips’ origin.

“But we got there and the swell wasn’t as promising as we had expected, so we decided to leave and do the long haul trip down south to The Right in one day.”

Words: Anthony Pancia

Photos: Russell Ord

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