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Old 12 May 2012, 00:57
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Surfer catches biggest wave ever (78')....

Large ones that clank say I. Ranks up there with the antenna tower climb video.

http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c2#...ave-record.cnn
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Old 12 May 2012, 01:37
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That was awesome. I love watching that docu..."Step into Liquid".....those guys took a boat 100 miles off coast of CA & surfed some pretty big waves but they were in the 60ft category.

I've surfed......love it...not good at it but enjoy it so that's all that matters. Hope I can get back to doing it.
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Old 12 May 2012, 06:26
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That is INSANE...LOL...holy crap, talk about a bit of water....I wonder how many tons of water some crashing down on ya??

WOW..
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Old 12 May 2012, 08:50
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When we lived on Oahu, I would take my son to the North Shore to watch the surfers take on the pipeline. I thought they were nuts - cant even imagine someone taking on a wave four times that size...
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Old 12 May 2012, 09:26
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People have surfed bigger waves than that, but in no way does that remove the accomplishment of being able to ride something like that.
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Old 12 May 2012, 10:27
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"Mavericks" is about a 15 miles from my current location. There be some giants.......
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Old 12 May 2012, 10:35
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People have surfed bigger waves than that, but in no way does that remove the accomplishment of being able to ride something like that.
Yes, even the rider of this wave says the day before he rode larger ones -- but this is the official record....
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Old 12 May 2012, 10:51
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Incredible. Inconceivable.
It made me think of Laird Hamilton.
The power of those waves is unreal.
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Old 12 May 2012, 11:19
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Incredible. Inconceivable.
It made me think of Laird Hamilton.
Your post made me think of Laird Hamilton's wife.

I saw this video on the news last night,...it is quite amazing.
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Old 12 May 2012, 11:30
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Your post made me think of Laird Hamilton's wife.

I saw this video on the news last night,...it is quite amazing.
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Old 12 May 2012, 16:30
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I've heard that the big thing for big wave riders is to fly offshore in a chopper and look for even bigger waves that develop in the open water, and then drop in.

A couple of them have reported waves so big that they considered them unrideable.
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There have been waves ridden that are bigger than this wave, but they have been tow-ins (using wave runners)

This could be the biggest "recorded" ridden wave that was "paddled in"

Hopefully, one day somone can get the the 100ft mark. I think it has been done but not recorded.

Jaws and Cortez Bank have the potential to break that big.

Teahupo'o could be the gnarliest.

Mav's is simply an insane wave that has killed one of the greatest.

There are so many spots that surfers are getting to experience right now, it's awesome!

I love to surf but I have never surfed any of these spots. My post comes from the information that my buddies whom have surfed these spots on really big days.

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Old 15 May 2012, 20:47
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Incredible. Inconceivable.
It made me think of Laird Hamilton.
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Teahupo'o could be the gnarliest.

Mav's is simply an insane wave that has killed one of the greatest.
The wave that Laird makes at Teahupo'o defies science

I think you are right about the biggest paddle in wave.

What is great is that Mavericks was surfed by only a few people for like 15 yrs and it is insane.

This is a pic I took coming home from Big Sur, only about an hour or so away from the house. I'll be surfing it sooner or later. Probably a good 6' that day although it's hard to tell from the angle.


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Old 15 May 2012, 22:42
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This is a pic I took coming home from Big Sur, only about an hour or so away from the house. I'll be surfing it sooner or later. Probably a good 6' that day although it's hard to tell from the angle.
Just out of curiousity, what part of Big Sur were those pictures taken at?

It looks like it may be a little further south, closer to Nepenthe Inn, but it's hard to tell.
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Just out of curiousity, what part of Big Sur were those pictures taken at?

It looks like it may be a little further south, closer to Nepenthe Inn, but it's hard to tell.
I too am trying to figure out where that is. I was raised in Big Sur.
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Waves like that scare the shit out of me.
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Old 16 May 2012, 16:03
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Just out of curiousity, what part of Big Sur were those pictures taken at?

It looks like it may be a little further south, closer to Nepenthe Inn, but it's hard to tell.
I actually stopped for lunch there

Those are from Willow Creek so further south than Nepenthe.
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Old 16 May 2012, 16:11
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That's incredible...
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Old 16 May 2012, 16:13
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There have been waves ridden that are bigger than this wave, but they have been tow-ins (using wave runners)

This could be the biggest "recorded" ridden wave that was "paddled in"
I thought he was towed in:

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Towed out into a set of enormous waves by the jet-ski, McNamara passed up the first swell when he saw the record-setting behemoth shaping up ominously behind it.

"We saw it coming from way out and my lady Nicole (Macias) was on the radio saying 'there's a big macker coming on the outside!' and telling us where to go," he said. "The guy tried to drive me into the first wave and I'm all 'No, No. 2, No. 2! There was just this monster."
Was he just towed out to where they were forming?
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Old 16 May 2012, 16:29
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I actually stopped for lunch there

Those are from Willow Creek so further south than Nepenthe.
Thanks, I haven't been down that far south in decades. I lived in Big Sur until I was 9 years old, and then during two high school summer vacations (1947-1956, 1963, 1964).
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