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To say Koa Smith was at the right place at the right time is perfectly accurate.Perched precariously on his surfboard, the 23-year-old from Hawaii rode a wave off the coast of Namibia, on the western shore of Africa, for 120 straight seconds.He stayed upright for nearly 1.5 kilometers as he traveled through an unheard-of eight barrels – the hollow formed by the curve of the wave as it breaks over the rider's head.Almost as amazing – Smith and videographer Chris Rogers filmed the entire ride using both a drone that hovered overhead and a GoPro attached to a mouthpiece that Smith wore while he rode.Much as a meteorologist tracks storms several days before they hit, Smith and many world-class surfers have mastered the art of reading weather charts to predict when and where the greatest-sized ocean swells will hit. It's one thing to know they're coming, quite another to get to where the action is, and Smith is more than willing to drop everything in search of the perfect wave.
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