Someone once said, "Time stands still in the barrel." Granted, it was muttered in the psychedelically infused late '60s, but you get the point. Getting barreled, when a wave throws over a surfer and fully encapsulates the rider in its womb (now who's trippin'?), is the Shangri-La of surfing, the Mount Everest of shredding, and pro surfer Taylor Knox's favorite moment on a board.
"Before you're actually in the barrel, and you know for sure that you can park yourself in there and come out," was Taylor's answer when we asked him about his favorite moment in surfing.
And while surfing can be construed as a selfish quest for the tube, Taylor Knox loves seeing his friends do the same.
"Paddling out and seeing your friend in the barrel, seeing the emotion on his face, it's such a cool feeling," adds the renowned power surfer. "Twenty years later, he'll be like, 'Remember that wave I got?' That keeps the campfire going!"
Filmed and edited by Steven Schultz.
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