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Surfer was towed into this wave at Mavericks on 10-28-99. It was generally accepted as the biggest wave ridden in the state of California at that time, until Carlos Burle's 68 foot wave in 2001. This wave never had an official height estimate that I know of. My guess, without careful analysis, is over 60 foot. The surfer, Peter Mel, is 6'2" tall. Does this wave look about 10 or 11 times overhead? Keep in mind this painting is based on a water-angle shot, true to scale, from a jet ski. That makes the wave look smaller than it really was. The crest of the wave is located 60 feet higher than the camera, and about that far behind the surfer which foreshortens the crest. The head-high scale is the vertical line drawn from the highest point of the crest to the level of the trough. This scale is located behind the surfer by maybe 50 or 60 feet.
April 7th, 2015
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