b i g wave surfing
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).