big-wave surfing

Surf Athletes

Watch: Kai Lenny Soars On Super Saturday At Jaws

Derek Morrison
The much anticipated monster swell forecast for January 15 and 16 turned Hawaii’s North Shore into a wild playground for the brave. Once again it was Kai Lenny who led the charge at Jaws. Tucker Wooding was in the gallery on the clifftop to record Kai’s waves in what will......
Sessions

The Edge: Chasing Energy With Doug Young

Derek Morrison
Doug Young, Dan Smith and Dave Lyons target an unruly wave on the edge of a reef during the last storm of the season. The ingredients were this: two 180-degree south swells, both 4m at 14 seconds, a west southwest wind that may drop to 20 knots, if we’re lucky,......
Inspiration

Watch: Paige Alms, Eli Olson Win Big Wave Paddle Awards

Derek Morrison
Paige Alms and Eli Olson win Biggest Wave Paddle-In Award at the World Surf League 2020 Red Bull Big Wave Awards. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this year’s Big Wave Awards (BWA) honour the best in big wave surfing from the past 12 months, from big-wave breaks throughout the world. Justine......
Inspiration

Maya Gabeira Wins Big Wave Awards With Guinness World Record Ride

Derek Morrison
Maya Gabeira sets a new Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed by a female as she wins XXL Biggest Wave Award. Gabeira’s record-setting wave measured 73.5 feet, besting her own previous World Record of 68 feet. She broke the record at the infamous big-wave surf break, Praia......
Environment

Science: The Big Wave Link Between Climate Change And The Southern Ocean

Derek Morrison
Monster waves in the Southern Ocean could grow even bigger and more frequent under climate change, scientists warn. Science journalist Jamie Morton explains what’s going on in the southern latitudes storm engine. Extreme waves in the wild and windswept ocean below New Zealand, stretching across notorious latitudes dubbed the “roaring......
Surf Athletes

Surfer Pulled From Water Unconscious During Nazaré Tow Challenge

Derek Morrison
Portugese surfer Alex Botelho drowns during closing minutes of the Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge. He is then revived in a dramatic rescue by the WSL big wave safety team on the beach at Praia do Norte in Nazaré, Portugal. Botelho, competing with team Portugal, was pulled lifeless from the water......
Inspiration

Chasing Giants: Hunting The 23.8m Swell That Broke Records

Derek Morrison
A group of Southern surfers chase a record-breaking swell as it lines up a remote reef break buried deep in the Catlins. What transpires has it all: blood, guts, an inhospitable peak and the rise of a new talent in big-wave surfing. New Zealand Surf Journal takes you inside one......

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