The widow-making wave doesn’t care who you are or what you ride, it is happy to smash anyone that paddles out there on whatever board they choose!
Shane was deemed the surfer who had shown the most committed and advanced level of big wave surfing during an afternoon session at Jaws on February 10th.
The Surfline Men’s Overall Performance includes Nic Lamb, Mark Healey, Greg Long and Sahne Dorian to name but a few, with the winner bagging themselves $15000 and a Tag Heuer Watch!
It is only when you see a wipeout compilation like this that you realise that even the best surfers in the world don’t have it all their own way and Pipe is more than capable of humbling anyone.
Waimea was first surfed in the late 50’s and remained very much at the forefront of big wave surfing into the 1980’s, before a desire to hunt down other massive waves and the arrival of tow surfing diverted attention elsewhere.
As he paddled into the top of the wave, the wind seemed to momentarily lift the front of his board and as he tried to compensate was pitched forward onto the wave, but the angle and speed he was travelling meant he just bounced like a skimming stone
With surfers and bodyboarders getting drilled in equal measures it is refreshing to see that the tow teams and wave riders have well rehearsed rescue plans
Crowds gather along the beach to gasp, laugh and wince as riders of all types of surfcraft, get smashed, pitched, drilled and pounded into the Southern Californian sand
ThUnder has been filmed and edited by Alex Verharst and the four-minute film features The Wedge at it’s biggest and baddest best!
If you are prepared to throw yourself down some of the worlds biggest and scariest waves, you need to have a fair amount of confidence in your own abilities and fitness.