Awesome footage big wave surfing- Billabong Pro Tahiti

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  1. kyredneck

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    "This day at Teahupoo- Aug 27th 2011 during the Billabong Pro waiting period is what many are calling the biggest and gnarliest Teahupoo ever ridden. Chris Bryan was fortunate enough to be there working for Billabong on a day that will go down in the history of big wave surfing. The French Navy labeled this day a double code red prohibiting and threatening to arrest anyone that entered the water...."

    Slow motion: http://mpora.com/videos/5Pgs2slxu

    Normal speed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4Wo88XIiZM
     
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    Wow!!!! & double WOW!!!!
     
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    Heheh, kinda what I said. The first video is using 'a phantom camera', I've no idea what that is or what it means, but it was in a prime position to capture those waves from the angle that it did. The view was straight down the middle of them.
     
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    That was amazing! I just kept watching and watching it. Thanks!
     
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    Awesome :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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    Now this is impressive, he rides the wave out to the very end (90 or 78 footer? Who could be sure, why would it matter?):

    [short version 0:51] World record ! Surfing a 90 ft wave in Nazare, Portugal

    [long version 2:20] The biggest wave ever surfed: The mind-blowing video
    Surfer Garrett McNamara officially enters the Guinness Book of World Records for narrowly escaping a 78-foot-tall oceanic monstrosity

    I can't surf a lick, I've never even touched a surf board, but, I could sure get into riding those big waves on a jet ski! It really looks fun!
     
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    I would imagine riding one of those gigantic waves would really pump the adrenaline.....if you fall off you are gonna die!
     
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    Larry, ever do any parachute jumps or gliding.....The Gliding is probably safer but dont tell your insurance company. :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Awesome videos, that break in Tahiti is not the biggest wave in the world, but it is certainly the thickest and very dangerous, it is breaking in very shallow water with a reef underneath.

    I grew up surfing in Florida and even traveled to California to surf. I've been in some big waves, but nothing like these.

    If you think these waves look awesome on video, you should see what a big wave looks like from the water, it makes your heart pound in your chest.

    My younger brother was stationed in Hawaii when he was in the Army and lived on the North Shore. He married a Hawaiian girl. He lived at Rocky Point, just a block from the famous Pipeline. He said a 4 foot wave in Hawaii had the power of a 10 foot wave in Florida, and didn't dare go out when the waves got above 6 feet or so. The first time he ever went out in Hawaii he got his board snapped in half and almost drowned.

    I miss surfing, on occasion I still have dreams about it. You can't beat it.
     
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    Heheh, no haven't done either, BUT, there's some cliffs (two tiers of them) not far from where I was raised that I would climb barefooted. I look at those cliffs today from the base and can't believe that I actually did it. This was years before 'rock climbing' became popular.
     
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    Well you're now the pro on this thread. Take a look at this 1:28 video, is this for real? If so it's the best surfing clip yet:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nS_aR8XX_U
     
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    Well, I was never a pro, but a few of my buddies were. I never got into the contest scene. When I was in High School I used to build surfboards and sell them, for a while I thought that was what I was going to do for a living.

    That video is real. With jet-skies surfers are now able to catch super large waves that were never possible to catch when I was a kid. To catch a large wave you have to get your speed up, or else catch it when the wave is very steep where you get cast "over the falls". There is no way anybody could safely catch those waves in Tahiti without a jet-ski towing them in.

    Believe it or not, it is far more difficult to surf small waves than large. On a large wave you naturally have lots of speed that makes it easy to maneuver, on a small wave you have to generate your own speed. Though the East Coast generally has very small waves compared to most of the world, it has produced an amazing amount of champion surfers. If you can surf a small wave, you can rip a big one.
     
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    Cool, thanks Winman, I've learned some things here. It's also interesting what you bring up concerning the 'energy' within a wave, I'd never thought of it like that before.

    [edit] But you have to admit those big waves make for some thrilling camera shots.
     
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    Oh, surfing large waves can be downright scary. When you come down to the bottom and turn, the G-forces almost cause your knees to buckle. The fin on your surfboard will literally vibrate and buzz that you can hear. I have been out in 15 foot surf, waves are measured from the back, the face of a 15 foot wave is actually about 30 feet. It is like riding a mountain. The weight of the water is tremendous, when a wave breaks on you it pulls you deep down in the water and turns you ever which-a-way it wants. You have to relax and let it take you where it wants, when it releases you, then you come to the surface. We got a huge storm in Florida once when I was a kid, I almost drowned that day, scared me good.

    On average, about 5 surfers drown every year in Hawaii. Surfing big waves is dangerous.
     

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