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Challenging Big Surf Waves

Updated on August 23, 2010

Challenging Big Surf Waves

When it comes to surf waves every surfer wants them bigger. We are thus faced with a special discipline inside surfing that is called Big Wave Surfing. This is a variation you should never think about unless you are really experienced. We are referring to individuals that will be towed or paddle towards really big waves with a height higher than 20 feet. They usually ride different surf boards known under the name Guns or Rhino Chasers. When you surf big waves all becomes really complex. Board size has to adapt to wave size. Even the techniques are different than in regular surfing. Professional big wave surfers use different boards that are larger and longer in order to be able to paddle fast and have good stability. The problem that can appear is reduced maneuverability and surfing speed.

When we refer to big surf waves we need to also talk about Tow in Surfing. Basically this is one crossover sport that first appeared in 1992 due to the work of Laird Hamilton, Buzzy Kerbox and Darrick Doerner. These activities are distinct but many riders do take part in both of them. Tow in Surfing comes with a surfer being towed with the use of jet skis, all becoming really fast paced. Tow in Surfing has allowed many surfers to ride waves that were higher than 50 feet.

If you are considering surfing big waves you should know that it is dangerous. One such wave is capable of pushing you at a depth of even 50 feet. The surfer has to quickly recover after being hit and has to quickly go out. A huge impact can also appear because of water pressure. Death and severe injuries can easily appear at any turn. The main risk is to stay underwater and be kept there by 2 or even more consecutive waves. It is really hard to survive in these conditions. Even experienced surfers can have huge problems.

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