We have sustained more lacerations to our skin courtesy of the razor sharp reef than we’d like to admit. Which got us thinking: there must be a better way to fall.
A surfer has been described as ‘lucky to be alive’ after a wipeout that saw them washed up on rocks in Cornwall. He and mates were surfing The Cribbar ahead of high spring tides on Tuesday afternoon. And when he wipes out, he ends up floundering on the reef, which is known locally as the “Widow Maker”. Not comforting.. The reef, which is also known as the ‘Widow Maker’, is found off Towan Headland in Newquay. Its waves attract experienced surfers from across the world and can reach 20 – 25 ft.
1. Surfing is addictive
There’s no doubt that surfing is addictive, but did you know it’s been scientifically proved?
Riding waves can trigger the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine that stimulates the brain’s pleasure and reward centres.
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.
All five nominees for the 2014 Wipeout of the Year Award are presented for your review. Featuring Shawn Dollar, Alex Martins, Jamie Mitchell, Alain Riou and Koa Rothman. A category in the 2014 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, coming May 2. For more info see the event website at www.BillabongXXL.com.
Raw footage of the carnage at Maui’s big-wave spot. Monday, 3rd March, 2014. With a giant groundswell traveling from the northwest, the usual crew gathered for the regular challenge. If Shane Dorian’s there, the so-called “chargers” must be there, too. No big-wave session is complete without some carnage. These Jaws wipeouts by surfers and boats are definitely cringeworthy.
Two beginner surfers make for one of the worst collisions we’ve ever seen…but we’re happy to report that the woman who took the board to the head is alive after this scary incident.
There’s nothing more cringeworthy in surfing than a wipeout at Teahupoo. Between the massive amounts of energy the wave produces and the very, very shallow reef, there aren’t many less forgiving waves in the world. Enjoy this compilation of wipeouts.
90 second-horror Encyclopedia of Surfing wipeout collection part II.
Encyclopedia of Surfing wipeout collection from 1959-1996. Love Hurts!