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Showing posts with label big-wave surfers. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

World record for largest wave ever surfed is confirmed by Guinness World Records

It’s official. The largest wave ever surfed was the mammoth 78-foot wave Garrett McNamara caught in November 2011 at Nazare, Portugal.

Guinness World Records confirmed it today, May 9, 2012.

Video of that monster wave with McNamara surfing it has been around for awhile, but not until today could it be called a world record for largest wave surfed. Cue the video:

McNamara, 44, is a professional big-wave surfer who is part of the Body Glove International team that travels the world chasing storms and seeking the largest waves to surf.

He’s surfed the big breaks of Waimea in Oahu, Mavericks in Northern California and Todos Santos in Mexico.

For more about the world record, we turn to the Guinness World Records announcement:
His epic ride, which required him to be towed into the wave from a jetski, beats a record set by Mike Parsons at Cortes Bank in southern California, in 2008 by over a foot. [...]

Describing the record breaking wave ride, Garrett said: "It's the most challenging, dangerous wave I've ever surfed - it's the only place in the world in which a giant canyon reaches all the way to the beach".

Among those to congratulate Garrett on his achievement was Jorge Barroso, mayor of the town of Nazaré, who commended the daredevil surfer with a tribute at last week's 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award awards ceremony in Anaheim, California.

The mayor said: "It is an honour to bring this title to our waters.. For the strength, bravery and the constant will to improve. Nazaré is a bit like your second home and our population admires you."

The record for largest wave surfed (paddle-in) remains held by Shane Dorian, who managed  to successfully ride a wave measured at measured 57ft (17.4 m) in height without a tow at a break known as 'Jaws' off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, USA in March last year.
An incredible, big-wave surfing feat, no doubt. Congrats, Garrett McNamara. Now, what's next?

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Epic surfing video: Big-wave surfers captured in slow motion at Billabong event

The reviews are in, the people have spoken, and the verdict is pretty much unanimous. The epic surfing video by world-renowned, award-winning cinematographer Chris Bryan posted at MPORA Pure Action Sports is absolutely must-see.

Don’t take our word for it, see what the critics are saying in the comments posted Friday below the video entitled “Biggest Teahupoo Ever”:


“Unbelievable! How does one survive the fall?”

“Spiritual, sick, insane......the best surf video I have EVER seen!!!!! Brilliant.”

“Absolutely captivating.”

“Worth rationing my use of the overworked word ‘stunning’ so I can save it for rare gems like this.”

“I’ve never seen a video that captures the power and beauty of waves and surfing quite like this!”

Chances are, you haven’t either, but you are about to. Feast your eyes on the “Biggest Teahupoo Ever, Shot on the Phantom Camera”:

Teahupoo is a village on the Southwest Coast of Tahiti and is known for its awesome surf with heavy, glassy waves offshore that can break as high as 70 feet.

This surfing video was shot by Chris Bryan at a Billabong Pro event last August, though it is just hitting the Internet.

The video is brilliantly filmed in super slow-motion HD and posted to the song “Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun” by M83, though “Die with the Waves” would be more appropriate.

This is what surfing legend Kelly Slater had to say about the surfing action that day:

“Witnessing this was a draining feeling being terrified for other people’s lives all day long, it’s life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life.”

The post at also said it was “the biggest and gnarliest Teahupoo ever ridden.”

Now we just need a behind-the-scenes look to see how the cameraman (or cameramen, as it were) survived shooting this epic surfing action.

Thanks to John Strege!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

'Of Men and Mavericks' surfing film shoot at Mavericks bring citations

Big-wave surfers at the famous Mavericks in Northern California are not allowed to use personal watercraft as a safety measure unless the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issues a high surf advisory.

That ban of PWCs goes for Hollywood, too.

The lights, camera and action of Hollywood recently descended upon Mavericks near Half Moon Bay, Calif., to shoot surfing action scenes for "Of Men and Mavericks," a surfing movie about the life of surfer Jay Moriarity, whose big-wave surfing exploits helped put Mavericks on the map.

Last Thursday morning, a day before the shoot wrapped up, NOAA officials showed up at Mavericks to enforce the ban of PWCs in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The ban is said to protect the wildlife.

According to, a NOAA official got on a loudspeaker and warned those on PWCs who were on their way out to work safety for the movie that they'd be ticketed "unless they went out [and] moored to a bigger boat and stayed in the channel."

That didn't happen, of course.

Ironically, in December, actor Gerard Butler was caught in a set of big waves. He was held down underwater for two waves before popping up and being pulled out of the punishing surf by a safety patrolman on a PWC. The actions likely saved Butler's life.

On Thursday, NOAA wasn't in the business of helping to save lives. It issued three tickets to the PWC safety patrolman working on the movie. "Heated discussions" were involved. reported that on Friday, the California Department of Fish and Game had a boat and helicopter tracking down PWC serial numbers.

Said Surfer/stuntman Mark Healey, "They probably spent about $300,000 of our tax dollars to get a few skis at Mavs."

Turns out, the movie producers on "Of Men and Mavericks" got the shot they wanted on Thursday. Apparently, they were shooting for a similar wave -- one famously caught on video -- that wiped out Moriarty and made he and Mavericks famous.

Thursday's swell - while chunkier than Tuesday's -- was a perfect opportunity to nail some serious footage. A dozen Pearson Arrow guns, colored the same as Jay's famous Surfer mag cover wipeout, were sprinkled throughout the lineup. Guys like Anthony Tashnick, Greg Long, Twiggy, Ryan Augenstein, Kenny Collins, Travis Payne and more were all vying for the Iron Cross money shot. A helicopter with a crazy, $250,000-camera circled just above.
Mark Healey had a shocker at Jaws and flew over to Mav's for Thursday morning. "It's completely ironic," he laughed. "Greg Long is an actor playing Jeff Clark - and I'm doing Greg's stunts 'cause Clark's a goofyfoot! So funny."

Healey, a part-time stuntman by trade, is no stranger to big Hollywood productions. He was hired on to, well, eat [expletive] as Jeff Clark. "I had to try get smoked," he said. "So I was taking a lot of chances. I figured eventually my number would come up. It did. They got the shot."
Incidentally, "Of Men and Mavericks" is scheduled to be released Oct. 26, 2012.

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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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Monday, November 15, 2010

Video: Big-wave surfers catch 50-foot waves off ... Ireland?

Ireland is known for Guinness, leprechuans, golf, fly-fishing, the Blarney Stone, Irish stew, Oscar Wilde, luck and eyes that smile. Who knew surfing was in the mix?

Surfing? In Ireland?

It’s true, and the waves in the frigid waters off some secret Irish location last week were enough to give Mavericks off the California coast a run for the money.

Waves reportedly reached 50-feet high, and the big-wave surfers were out in force to ride them, as the video news report from a few days ago shows. Take a look:

Apparently, they called the waves Prowlers -- or maybe that's the place. It's somewhere on the West Coast of Ireland. Anyway, very cool video of some very cold surfers.

A shout-out to Adventure Journal for the tip.

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