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:
Kai Lenny claimed victory today at the 2017 Puerto Escondido Challenge after besting a competitive field of 24 of the world’s best big wave surfers in epic 20-to-25 foot surf at Mainland Mexico’s Puerto Escondido.
World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) is placing the Puerto Escondido Challenge in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, on Yellow Alert with a projected 30-foot-plus swell heading toward the region. Event organizers will monitor conditions closely and declare a Green Alert 72 hours prior to the start of the event, conditions permitting.
Are you up to the challenge? Keep in mind, the best spots for extreme surfing are also the most dangerous. Some may even be inaccessible without a boat or helicopter. Wave selection is critical, not only for a heart-stopping thrill ride, but, in these instances, also for survival. It’s imperative to choose the wave that will open its face at just the right moment, and to drop in with impeccable timing—your bad judgment is the equivalent to certain serious injury or even death.
Brad Domke takes us through his controversial wave (ridden on a finless skimboard) that earned an unprecedented nomination in the Billabong Ride of the Year category of the 2015 WSL Big Wave Awards. Domke rode the wave at Puerto Escondido, Mexico on July 5, 2014. He finished in fifth place.
“It was twice as big as I’ve ever seen Puerto,” Healey, a legendary figure in the sport, told Surfline. “I made the 30-minute paddle from the harbor, and within 15 minutes this wave came in.” Healey, a pro surfer from Hawaii, had flown to Mexico to greet the swell. The waves were so large and broke so ferociously that the beach shook. Hearts pounded within those even thinking about paddling out. Many are claiming it’s the biggest wave to ever be paddled into at Puerto Escondido. Some are claiming that it’s one of the biggest waves paddled into ever – here’s the video evidence to prove it.
The massive swell that’s pulsing through the Americas right now turned Puerto Escondido into something not seen in nearly three decades. The military is out keeping looters at bay, and the waves are just plain huge. Pedro Calado found this bomb. He didn’t make it out, and chances are pretty good that this’ll be a nomination for Wipeout of the Year.
Mexico’s Puerto Escondido is nicknamed the Mexi-Pipe and for good reason. The wave throws with more intensity than an actual grenade. It has stolen the lives of many dedicated watermen. It’s a volatile, sometimes unpredictable sandbar and most big wave pros will tell you it’s more challenging than Pipe. On July 5 and 6, the swell of the year smashed right into Puerto and we were there to capture it. Here’s an edit of some of the world’s most daring men surfing Pipeline’s Latino cousin.