Surfing is definitely a fun water sport and hobby for anyone to take up. However, there will come a time where surfers will want to experience more challenging and more extreme waves. The question then becomes where can one find these extreme waves? If you already consider yourself to be an expert surfer and want to test your skills to the limit, here are some of the most extreme waves that the world has to offer.
First of all, you need to remember that surfers measure waves from the back. This means that, if according to surfers, the biggest wave of the day was 30 feet; you will find that the people watching on the other side of the wave will be riding a wave that can be as high as sixty feet. Surfing a wave of that magnitude would be like running away from a collapsing six-story building.
Cyclops has some of the heaviest and the most dangerous waves in the entire country of Australia. This wave is rarely surfed as it is dangerous and most surfers prefer using body boards as the waves here breaks on to shallow rocks. Because it is a fast, hollow, and powerful right hand wave that breaks on a coral reef, it ranks quite high in the ratings. One surfer even said that surfing it is one of the most epic things that he did in his life.
If you travel to the United Kingdom, you will find that Cribbar will provide you with the extreme wave that surfing enthusiasts dream of. The Cribbar can have waves up to 30 feet high that are very powerful and fast, which is not recommended for the inexperienced. Surfers have to be towed in by a jet ski and released to surf this monstrous wave. Cribbar is so dangerous that only a few people ever dared to surf it. Making a mistake can result in disastrous consequences.
Tahiti is a big wave surfer’s dream destination. Although the waves there are dangerous, you can’t help but admire their sheer beauty. Teahupoo, Tahiti provides some of the best extreme waves that you will ever ride in your life. Although the waves have claimed a few lives, it also has brought one of the best big wave surfers, Laird Hamilton, close to tears after a fantastic ride.
Jet skis and charter boats are necessary to reach Dungeons, Hout Bay in South Africa. Here, extreme surfers will be able to experience surfing some of the most dangerous big waves that can be surfed.
Belharra, France is another fantastic spot for big wave surfers. Located just 2 kilometers or a little over a mile, outside Saint Jean de Luz in the French Basque region, you will see that this wave can be very thrilling and extremely dangerous. The surf here is only for experts.
These are some of the biggest waves that the world has to offer. If you have a death wish or feel that you have what it takes to be like Laird Hamilton, then you can try some of the above mentioned waves. Just be sure that you really have the skills for it, and in this writer’s opinion, an up-to-date will just in case as these waves are extremely dangerous.