You don’t really equate Portugal with massive waves, but big wave rider Garrett McNamara knew a sick wave when he saw one. So, he pulled a Bodhi and rode it. Now the video’s making the rounds, the general consensus is that the wave is 90 feet high and…if that’s true, you’re lookin’ at the biggest wave ever surfed. And I thought surfing Tofino was hard! McNamara, you might recall, surfed a wave caused by a falling glacier in Alaska a while back. Suffice to say, he’s got balls big enough to fit in a dump truck.
Man, some guys just look death in the face and tell it to F&#k Off. Fortunately for Ramiana van Bastolaer, the world-renowned big wave surfer did just that, with an Oh Shit moment for the record books and a video that will make your jaw hit the floor.
Watch this video, of Reef McIntosh’s jet ski flying over head and literally, I mean literally, miss Bastolaer by inches. McIntosh had towed Bastolaer out for some big wave surfing action and bailed right when the wave turned nasty and, well, the full story is here.
The jet ski didn’t make it, but McIntosh and Bastolaer and both ok, and Bastolaer stayed on the wave and has one of the sickest, narrow miss videos in history to prove it. Sick Sick Sick. Bastolaer, as someone comments on YouTube, is a F%$*ing Ninja.
To each their own. Canada has hockey, the Norwegians have wing-suits. And the Aussies? They have waves that would give Kelly Slater wet dreams for the next fifty years. This is a compilation video, of just some absolutely disgusting waves and the surfers who ride them. This is big wave surfing, by the way. Don’t try this at home.
We may be in the doldrums of winter, but Mother Nature’s always up for some seriously killer surf…of the glacier variety! This video is a combination of big wave surfer Garrett McNamara and a jet ski being in the right place at the right time. Watch as this glacier conveniently topples into the water in time for these guys to get their polar bear surf on in some intense ways. Truth be told, I never would’ve thought this possible. But Oh My God, f*^&*ing intense. Nice!!
This is the stuff of urban legends. Mark Foo was a professional surfer, starting out surfing the south shores of Oahu, and later moved on to big wave surfing at Waimea Bay. In the 1970′s, Foo joined the IPS World Surfing Tour and became a fixture on the international surfing scene. His passion for big wave riding got the best of him however, and he quit the professional tour in the 1980′s to pursue his addiction to the big wave.
While his life was full of passion and excitement, his death was something out of a horror movie. I mean straight out of a horror movie. On December 23, 1994, Foo was surfing a set of waves at Mavericks with fellow surfers Brock Little and Mike Parsons. Foo had just dropped onto a large wave, when he wiped out and disappeared from view. Parsons caught the next wave and promptly wiped out. Then he felt something tugging at his leg. Thinking it was Little, and not realizing that Foo had disappeared, he went back out.
Fellow surfers found and retrieved Foo’s body later that afternoon. This video documentary shows the wave and Foo’s wipeout, as well as Little and Parsons coming to shore on the next set of waves, still unaware that Foo was missing. Parsons later told reporters about Little grabbing his leg from below the surface. Nope, it wasn’t Little. Look at the video and you see Little coming up behind Parsons…while Foo is still alive, held below the surface by his leg rope. This video literally shows a man drowning in the background, without you, the viewer, even knowing. How’s that for eerie?? However, the surfing community wisely chooses to remember Foo as a big wave surfer, who lived and died following his passion. And for that, I salute Mark Foo.
I’m sorry, but this is simply one of the sickest, baddest, most hardcore waves I’ve ever seen ridden. I have no idea how big this wave is, I’m thinking maybe 100 feet. I love how the video starts, with the surfer and the jet ski, then the camera shot pans out a little more, then all you hear is the sound of the wind coupled with a truly awe-inspiring moment. When I think about how most people go about their lives, with mortgages, bills, bad drivers and the daily wear-and-tear of life that eats away at you, and then I look at this video, I’m reminded of what matters most in life. Forget the things that bring you down. Moments like this are what life is about. When you find that moment, keep it next to you. Let no one take it away.