Thursday, January 13, 2011

Surfing legend Ken Bradshaw wipes out on North Shore

With big-wave surfing comes big-time wipeouts, and one of them was captured dramatically by the BBC, which posted footage of the whitewater crash last Thursday on YouTube.

On the board is legendary big-wave surfer Ken Bradshaw, who gets swallowed by a huge wave at Himalayas on Hawaii's famed North Shore.

The video is from the BBC show "Human Planet," whose commentator offers this description:

"Trapped in a rolling mountain of whitewater, Ken is tossed around like a rag doll in a washing machine. Just as he surfaces, another giant breaker comes crashing in."
Take a look at the wipeout:

According to (whom we thank for the tip), Bradshaw is known for riding the biggest wave ever ridden on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, at an outer reef known as Outside Log Cabins. The wave was estimated to be more than 85-feet tall.

We don't know the height of the wave in this video, nor do we know when it occurred. We do know he survived the incredibly wicked six-wave set that pounded him after the wipeout.

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