As a heavy storm raged off the coast of Australia on
Although many viewers shared the video clip (including the popular morning radio duo Fitzy and Wippa) claiming that it was real footage recently captured at Bennelong Point, the original video had been uploaded to YouTube (with a similar backstory) by one "Darren Jackson" in June 2012:
On 6th June 2012 a massive swell hit Sydney, Australia.
The giant waves broke all the way into the harbour, making a perfect 2km wave at Bennelong Point, aka the famous Sydney Opera House. Marcie and Frimmy scored an epic sesh with no one else out. Made this little vid of the day.
Although the footage is pretty convincing, the conditions shown cannot possibly occur at the site of the Sydney Opera House. First, the video shows several rocks running along the side of the opera house; but no such rocks are really there. Second, the portion of the video starting at the
The "actors" in the video, however, did provide an amusing explanation for these impossible circumstances:
Once every 100 years. It's got to be that big and that powerful that it wraps around middle head, right. Then it hit government house. Then it refracks again. So it actually goes past 180 to ht Bennelong Point. It was so sick. It's not going to happen again for a long time.
"Darren Jackson" never revealed how he made the video, but it appears that he took real surfing footage and superimposed it against the iconic background of the Sydney Opera House.