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Surfer was towed into this wave at Teahupoo, Tahiti, on 8-17-2000. This wave is extraordinarily thick for its' height of over 30 feet. The surfer is 6'3" tall. Does this wave look 5 times overhead? Consider that this is a water-angle shot which foreshortens the head-high scale. Notice the massive double lip and the whitewater exploding higher than the face. The face of the average big wave is about twice as high as the back of the wave. Teahupoo is reputed to have little back. It's the whole ocean behind it, like a tsunami thickness to the wave. This kind of powerful wave breaks below sea level and is called a "slab" such as Shipsterns Bluff in Tazmania or The Right in Australia. The surfer is Laird Hamilton, who was towed into the wave by Darrick Doerner. This is called "the millenium wave" and the "oh my god wave" by Surfer Magazine. Laird's tallest wave reported was an 80-footer (in Brett Lickle's estimation, there was no photo) at Egypt, or "Outer Sprecks" on Maui on 12-3-2007.
See the wave on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKRh9U59zSk
If that doesn't work search YouTube for "Laird Hamilton the Most Intense Wave Ever Surfed"
April 7th, 2015
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