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megrfl
2008-Nov-19, 02:13 AM
This photo fascinates me, especially when you look top left.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/27635629/displaymode/1107/s/2/framenumber/9/

We don't see anything like this in Florida. We get 3 to 6 footers if we're lucky.

Selenite
2008-Nov-19, 02:45 AM
The twilight lighting (I assume) makes that photo more dramatic than a high noon shot ever could. The water appears almost obsidian where the surfer is. It looks storm tossed in the upper left. Nice! :)

sarongsong
2008-Nov-19, 02:57 AM
Here's (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7347976.stm) the $50,000 version. (18-second BBC video 2008 Global Big Wave winner)

megrfl
2008-Nov-19, 01:15 PM
Additional Info. on Kirby Brown's experience with the 40 footer.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27661957/

closetgeek
2008-Nov-19, 02:42 PM
That's an impressive photo Megrfl. I am not sure how close you are to Sebastian Inlet but you can get some pretty impressive waves out there by monster hole. We used to take the jetskis out there every weekend. I, myself have wiped on some decent sized waves, maybe 8 to 10 footers.
The pic reminded me of a scene from that movie Step Into Liquid. The monster wave is about 3 minute 35 seconds in, if you just want to fast forward, but worth a look. Good Soundtrack too...

Step Into Liquid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz-gDAiti6I&feature=related)

PraedSt
2008-Nov-19, 03:30 PM
Times like this I wish I could swim. :(

Fazor
2008-Nov-19, 03:32 PM
I want to take up surfing ... unfortunately, it's more difficult when you're in central ohio. our waves are mesaured in millimeters (inches would be "big wave" surfing ;)).

...oh, and nobody wants to see me in a wetsuit.

megrfl
2008-Nov-19, 03:37 PM
That's an impressive photo Megrfl. I am not sure how close you are to Sebastian Inlet but you can get some pretty impressive waves out there by monster hole. We used to take the jetskis out there every weekend. I, myself have wiped on some decent sized waves, maybe 8 to 10 footers.

hehe. ya and I have eaten a lot of sand. The waves do with you what they want, period. We started the kids at Bathtub Beach/Turtle Beach. My first rule, don't turn your back on the ocean. They were just little toddlers. :)

I water ski and the kids wake board. We're not far from Sebastian Inlet about 40 mins south. Beautiful area, but no we aren't aware of the monster hole. I will be checking with some of the regulars I know up there tho.


The pic reminded me of a scene from that movie Step Into Liquid. The monster wave is about 3 minute 35 seconds in, if you just want to fast forward, but worth a look. Good Soundtrack too...

Thanks for the link. Incredible!

LotusExcelle
2008-Nov-19, 03:37 PM
There's a big wave picture out there (that I can't find despite my usually reliable google-fu) of a really stupid-huge wave. It looks like its from the 60's and is shot from the top of a wave with a bunch of surfers looking on as a few take on the wave itself - which curves around most of the image. I wish I could explain it better than that... more tot he point I wish I *had* that picture to post here. I will if I find it... but its really dramatic in similar fashion of the OP.

gzhpcu
2008-Nov-19, 05:05 PM
A famous place for big wave surfing is Jaws in Maui.

Here is a ride on a 65 foot wave!

http://www.alohaupdate.com/2008/05/16/video-of-jaws-on-maui-65-foot-wave-riding/

mugaliens
2008-Nov-19, 08:33 PM
A famous place for big wave surfing is Jaws in Maui.

Here is a ride on a 65 foot wave!

http://www.alohaupdate.com/2008/05/16/video-of-jaws-on-maui-65-foot-wave-riding/

That same wave clip keeps adding a few feet every year... It began life nearly a decade ago as being around 25-30 feet, which is what it really is. By the way, the video is slowed down dramatically (like 3 or 4 to 1) to create the impression the wave is bigger than it really is.

gzhpcu
2008-Nov-19, 09:14 PM
That same wave clip keeps adding a few feet every year... It began life nearly a decade ago as being around 25-30 feet, which is what it really is. By the way, the video is slowed down dramatically (like 3 or 4 to 1) to create the impression the wave is bigger than it really is.

Are you sure? It is Mike Parsons on the wave. Filmed by Fuszardi for the film Billabong Odyssey.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Parsons

Kaptain K
2008-Nov-19, 09:34 PM
We don't see anything like this in Florida. We get 3 to 6 footers if we're lucky.
The reason Florida doesn't have monster waves is that the trade winds don't have 6000-9000 miles to push the waves!

Graybeard6
2008-Nov-20, 06:14 AM
I live about halfway between Cape Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet and we do get 6-10 foot waves on occasion. I once asked a senior surfer friend how we bred so many champion surfers with such small waves. The answer "If you grow up with the crappy waves here, you can surf anywhere!"

megrfl
2008-Nov-20, 12:54 PM
I want to take up surfing ... unfortunately, it's more difficult when you're in central ohio. our waves are mesaured in millimeters (inches would be "big wave" surfing ;)). Barbie and Ken love those 2 and 4 inchers.


...oh, and nobody wants to see me in a wetsuit.

wetsuit's can be very flattering. :)

megrfl
2008-Nov-20, 01:14 PM
I live about halfway between Cape Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet and we do get 6-10 foot waves on occasion.

That's 4 of us so far at Baut that are in close proximity. You, me, Closetgeek, and JustAFriend . Well, if you ever need anything...



I once asked a senior surfer friend how we bred so many champion surfers with such small waves. The answer "If you grow up with the crappy waves here, you can surf anywhere!"

:)

...and here is today's boater forecast. Waves 4 - 7 feet.

mugaliens
2008-Nov-20, 07:50 PM
Are you sure? It is Mike Parsons on the wave. Filmed by Fuszardi for the film Billabong Odyssey.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Parsons

Well, I did a little video perusing, and found this clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPxLs0Cv4zY)of him on a supposed 65-foot wave for the Billabong Odyssey.

It doesn't look 65 feet in height to me, and it's the same clip in the OP, which has been said to be around 30 feet, elsewhere.

Meanwhile, I found this clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0Pw7vKtqpo&NR=1)of Laird Hamilton, complete with some awe-inspiring music and multiple angles. Most of the waves in the shoot are around 20 to 25 feet, but there's a few like the one at 1:30 which tower more than 30 feet. The thing I like about this video is that it shows many of the clips in 1:1 speed, which gives you a much better appreciation of the speed of the wave.

And finally, I found this clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJGQRcRFu9Y&feature=related)of Billabong's XXL Global Big Wave highlights, including a few stills of Parson's supposed 70-foot wave record.

sarongsong
2008-Nov-20, 09:54 PM
...I found this clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJGQRcRFu9Y&feature=related) of Billabong's XXL Global Big Wave highlights, including a few stills of Parson's supposed 70-foot wave record.Wave-height seems to fall in the category of fish-length-of-the-one-that-got-away http://www.bautforum.com/images/icons/icon10.gif
...Recently, there was a surf/photo contest to determine the biggest wave ridden this winter season. The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards" were announced on April 18 to quite a bit of hoopla and controversy. The winning entrant was a tow-in beast at Jaws, Maui with an estimated wave face height of 66 feet. (Is that 33 feet Hawaiian?) The interesting thing is that photos of competing waves from Belharra, France seems as tall (if not taller), although defining the trough of that wave is very difficult. In the end, the judges deemed that the waves were so close in height that they had to also consider "heaviness." That's where the Jaws wave won hands down...
askville (http://askville.amazon.com/surfers-measure-wave-heights-back-front-face-ride/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=512154)

closetgeek
2008-Nov-21, 01:08 AM
hehe. ya and I have eaten a lot of sand. The waves do with you what they want, period. We started the kids at Bathtub Beach/Turtle Beach. My first rule, don't turn your back on the ocean. They were just little toddlers. :)

I water ski and the kids wake board. We're not far from Sebastian Inlet about 40 mins south. Beautiful area, but no we aren't aware of the monster hole. I will be checking with some of the regulars I know up there tho.



Thanks for the link. Incredible!

Oh I learned the hard way, not to turn your back. When I lived in Vero I used to take the kids to this beach called Round Island. It was great because the underwater landscape prevented any real waves from developing. My kids at the time were 7, 5, and 4 and one adult watching three kids in tumultuous waters can get scarey. One afternoon, I had promised to take them to the beach but we got such a late start we ended up going to the closest beach, Southbeach. It didn't look so bad until we were in the water and this 5-6 foot wave came up out of nowhere. My two older ones handle the waves just fine but the 4 yr old gets tossed pretty easily and she is not the most confident of swimmers. I grabbed her and put my back to the wave thinking I was just going to stand there and hold her above the water. Instead, the wave tossed me and I ended up doing a handstand on her, pushing her face in the sand. She was fine, I just figured it was best to just let them play in the surf after that :doh:.

Monster hole is just out past the Jetti's at Sebastian inlet. You don't get a many huge shore breakers but out past the jettis you get some decent size waves. Some pretty scarey sea life too.


Originally Posted by Graybeard6
I live about halfway between Cape Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet and we do get 6-10 foot waves on occasion.

Graybeard6 we have to be neighbors. How interesting. I wonder how many times I may have flipped you off in traffic...:shifty:

megrfl
2008-Nov-21, 10:42 PM
She was fine, I just figured it was best to just let them play in the surf after that :doh:.

That's why I like Turtle Beach so much. It used to be a little known area, now families go in droves.


Some pretty scarey sea life too.

My daughter and her friends know all about Monster Hole. I won't tell her that there is scary sea life tho, she was once diving just off shore and saw a long skinny fish with big teeth, I quote, "it was a barracuda, there were three of them down there." This was at Fletcher beach, she wont go back. :whistle:

Graybeard6
2008-Nov-22, 06:27 AM
Graybeard6 we have to be neighbors. How interesting. I wonder how many times I may have flipped you off in traffic...:shifty:
Since you're still able to post on the internet, I doubt it.