Warning – this article is dedicated to those crazy, adventure-freak, big wave surfers who are already experienced at conquering these beasts. These are the best big wave spots in the world, and you’ll notice that they have a few things in common: they’re only suitable for experienced surfers, they only break once in a while, and they can kill a surfer in seconds.
Why is it dangerous and not for beginners? A 50-foot wave – that means 15 meters – carries about 1.7 MW of power across each meter of wave-front in a 15-second period. That’s why.
If you’ve decided to surf the biggest wave of your life, there are a few things you should know first. You can find the biggest waves in the world on almost all continents. With the right swell and wind conditions, you’ll be lucky if you can ride four or five giant waves. Make sure to get the right surf gear, and ask for jet ski and boat support.
The most famous big wave surfing spots are dangerous and in some cases almost inaccessible without a boat or even helicopter. Carefully selecting which wave will open its face and choosing the exact right moment for the take-off is a must. A tiny mistake could probably cost you your life.
Big Wave Surfing in the Tasman Sea
Tasmania is my favorite spot for big wave surfing. You would love it too. The biggest and baddest wave can be found at Shipstern Bluff or Devil’s Point, which is at the tip of the Tasman Peninsula. The surf here is considered one of the most dangerous and wildest rides in the world – even by professionals. Waves can rise up to 6 m, there are a lot of sharks nearby and the reef is shallow enough to get properly wrecked on. And the nearest hospital? It’s more than an hour’s travel away.
When it comes to the Pacific Ocean, there are lots of ideal spots for big wave surfing.
This little heart-shaped island is located in Fiji, and is one of my favorite spots for wind surfing and big wave surfing.
The Benzai pipeline is located in Hawaii, and it is a hugely popular Hawaii surfing spot. It is also heaven for white water sports – you can do snorkeling, wave surfing, big wave surfing and so on.
Hawaii’s surfing is quite famous all over the world. Waimea Bay is located in Haleiwa, on the North Shore of O’ahu, on the Hawaiian Islands at the mouth of the Waimea River. Waimea Valley extends behind Waimea Bay, and the word “Waimea” means “Red Water” in Hawaiian. Perhaps due to surfers’ blood?
Peahi is a place on the north shore of the island of Maui in the U.S. state of Hawaii. It has lent its name to a big wave surfing break, also known as Jaws.
Other Locations in the Pacific Ocean:
Cortes Bank and Nelscott Reef (USA), Puerto Escondido and Todos Santos (Mexico), Punta de Lobos and Arica(Chile), Pico Alto (Peru), Teahupoo (Tahiti), Ghost Tree and Ghost Mavericks.
The Atlantic Ocean, the saltiest major ocean, offers the power of its currents and winds. Fear the deadly force of Nazaré, Peniche, Madeira and Azores (Portugal), Belharra (France), The Cribbar (England), El Bocal (Spain) Mullaghmore Head and the Cliffs of Moher (Ireland), and the Dungeons (South Africa). Warn your family, grab a good wet-suit and pray everything goes well.
The Indian Ocean boasts some of the most famous big wave surfing spots that have made the cover of surf magazines. Padang Padang, Bali (Indonesia) and Cloud 9 (Philippines) are the most incredible big wave spots of the Indian Ocean region.
So, if you choose to surf at any of these amazing spots for your adventure, please don’t forget to send me your pics.