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5 of Surfing’s Deadliest Surf Spots

Regardless, surfers flock to these deadly waves in droves. It’s the rush, the danger, and the sheer joy one gets from flying down the face of an incredibly large mountain of water that keep us coming back for more despite the odds—albeit minuscule—of that being that fateful last ride.Here’s 5 of surfing’s deadliest surf spots:

1. Teahupo’o

IronsTahitiAndy Irons riding one of the powerfull wave in the world – Photo: oceanlifestyles.com

Despite the ferocity of Tahiti’s most infamous wave, only one surfer has lost his life at Teahupo‘o. It was back in 2000 when local surfer Briece Taerea attempted to punch through a massive wave and was sucked backwards on to the reef. Others have been lucky to survive after colliding with the coral reef located a quarter of a mile off the southern tip of Tahiti. What makes Teahupo‘o so dangerous is the sheer thickness of the wave—swells approach Teahupo‘o out of incredibly deep water and are unimpeded by a continental shelf. The result is a mutant of a wave that is oftentimes thicker than it is tall and breaks in mere feet of water over a live coral reef. Adding to the terrifying nature of the wave is local lore that harkens back to the days of tribal warfare and has “Teahupo‘o” roughly translated to “chop the head” in English.

2. Mavericks

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Located in northern California’s “Red Triangle,” so dubbed because of the number of great white sharks that frequent the area, Mavericks is much more likely to kill a surfer with its enormous, 20-plus-foot waves than with its sea creatures. An intimidating, ice-cold surf spot that breaks far rom the beach, Mavericks has claimed the lives of some of surfing’s most accomplished big-wave surfers. Indeed, the surfing community was rocked to the core when big-wave surfer Mark Foo died while surfing Mavericks in 1994, and once again when Sion Milosky, one of the best big-wave surfers of his generation, passed away while surfing Mavericks in 2011. After Milosky’s untimely passing, highly regarded surfer Mike Parsons theorized that when it’s low tide at Mavericks, the wave has a tendency to hold surfers underwater for a length of time that can be deadly.

3. Waimea Bay

Greg-Long-waimea-bayGreg Long at Waimea – Photo: www.alohasurfguide.com

The granddaddy of big-wave spots is also one of the deadliest. Waimea Bay, located on the north shore of Oahu, saw its first surfing fatality way back in 1943, when surf pioneers Woody Brown and Dickie Cross got stuck in giant surf at nearby Sunset Beach and started paddling to Waimea Bay just so they could get in. Woody Brown made it, and Dickie Cross was never seen again. Unfortunately, Cross wouldn’t be the last surfer to lose his life at Waimea Bay. In 1995, up-and-coming Californian pro surfer Donnie Solomon died after getting caught inside what witnesses said was a wave well in excess of 20 feet (as measured from the back, which is traditional in Hawaii).

4. Puerto Escondido

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Dubbed the “Mexican Pipeline,” Puerto Escondido may be the only wave on the planet that has claimed the lives of as many surfers as the real Pipeline. Read full article, here

Sources: grindtv.com | Author: Justin Cote

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