b i g wave surf­ing

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Big wave surf­ing has been around for a while but it was not un­til 1992 that big wave surfers such as Laird Hamil­ton in­tro­duced tow-in-surf­ing which used a jet ski to tow the surfer into the wave al­low­ing them to get enough speed to catch some of the mas­sive waves around. With ev­ery ac­tiv­ity there is a risk and with big wave surf­ing a wipe­out can push surfers down 20 – 50 feet. strong cur­rents and wa­ter ac­tion this deep can also slam a surfer into a reef or the ocean floor re­sult­ing in se­vere in­juries or death. One of the great­est dan­gers is the risk of be­ing held un­der­wa­ter by two or more con­sec­u­tive waves. Sur­viv­ing a triple hold-down is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult and surfers must be pre­pared to cope with these sit­u­a­tions. there are many lo­ca­tions in the world where the ocean can de­liver huge waves suit­able for big wave surf­ing; Waimea in Hawaii; Jaws in Maui; Mav­er­icks in Cal­i­for­nia; Teahupoo in Tahiti and Nazare in Por­tu­gal (to name just a few).

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