Khambhat Bharti Day 3: Success!
We put a man on the bore. Gabriel Naveau is the first person to ride the Khambhat tidal bore.
A good night's rest left the whole team energized and ready to continue the hunt for the tidal bore. We had scouted 1 good location in Dhuvaran, and it was time to look for more. A 2 hr drive took us to Ralej, where we found the banks to be too shallow for a good ride. The drives between sites are long and we headed back to Dhuvaran to make the most of our first opportunity with the bore.
The team reached Dhuvaran a few minutes before 2 p.m. and began preparing the surf board and filming equipment. Thanks to the accurate forecast by Anthony, the crew reached the takeoff point by 2:35 p.m. and began the patient wait for the bore. Gabriel Naveau would be the first person to attempt riding the Khambhat Bharti (Bharti is the Indian term for the bore). We heard the tidal bore a good 15 minutes before we could see it. It took another 15 minutes to reach Gabriel. At 3:14 p.m. Gabriel caught the bore and rode it for 4 minutes! Success! The water was not deep enough to allow a long stand or any tricks. Gabriel successfully stood up and rode the bore.
The entire team is happy. The tidal bore will get bigger in the next 2 days.
Congratulations Gabriel Naveau! Chapeau!
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