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# The Physics of Catching a Gnarly 80-Foot-Tall Wave

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## Has there ever been a 100-foot wave?

100 Feet: The Never-Ending Quest

On October 29, 2020, Portuguese surfer Antnio Laureano claimed to have ridden the biggest wave ever at the infamous European beach break. The first measurement made by the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Human Kinetics (FMHUL) led to a 101.4-foot (30.9 meters) wave.

## How tall is a gnarly wave?

Long board waves have a height (amplitude) of 4.5 feet with a speed of 10 mph-16 km/hr. Fun waves have a height of 15 feet and have a speed of 18 mph. Tube waves have a height of 24 feet with a speed of 22 mph to 35 km/hr.

## What is the largest wave ever ridden by a surfer?

A German surfer has just received a Guinness World Record for the highest wave ever surfed. Sebastian Steudtner surfed a wave of 86 feet (26.21 meters), surpassing the previous world record of 80 feet, and making history in the male category.

## How do you survive a giant wave?

Immediately tuck your chin if possible and protect your head. Try to create as much space between you and the surfboard as you can. Push it away with your feet. If the seafloor allows it, swim low to where the water is calmer.

## Have any surfers died at Nazar?

The French big-wave surfer, the first woman to surf mythical outer-reef Belharra and two-time XXL award winner Justine Dupont, has revealed just how close she came to drowning during January 8’s swell at Portugal’s Nazar.

## Why does Nazar have such big waves?

The size and unpredictability of the waves at Nazar are caused by a submarine canyon that is 200km long and 5km deep. The difference in depth between the bottom of the canyon and the continental shelf splits waves into two.

## How much force does a wave have?

According to physicists, a breaking wave can apply a pressure of between 250-6,000 pounds per square foot (1,220-29,294 kilograms per square meter), depending on its height.

## How big is a 3 foot wave?

Thus, a “3-foot” wave is roughly six feet high (in actuality an Hm0 of ~1.8 m), i.e., head-high to a 6-foot (~180 cm) person; a “2-foot” wave is roughly four feet high (Hm0 of ~1.2 m), i.e., chest-high to such a person; and a “6- to 8-foot” wave would be 2 to approaching 3 times head-high to such a person (Hm0 of ~3.5 …

## What is considered a big wave?

For it to be considered big wave surfing, a surfer must tackle a wave of at least 20 feet (6.2 metres) high.

## Where was the largest wave surfed?

German surfer Sebastian Steudtner has received a Guinness World Record for the biggest wave surfed in the world. The record-breaking wave was surfed by the 37-year-old on 29 October 2020 at the Praia do Norte beach in Nazar, Portugal.

## What to do when a wave breaks on you?

STAYING CALM WHEN A WAVE BREAKS ON YOU
1. DON’T GAS YOURSELF OUT. If you’re in the impact zone, paddling like a maniac, hyperventilating and gasping for breath already, chances are you’re not going to be very calm when a big wave breaks right on you. …
2. BREATH OUT BEFORE YOU BREATH IN. …
3. FLIP THE SCRIPT. …
4. KNOW YOUR RANGE.

## How deep is the water at Nazar?

At its deepest, the Nazare Canyon is some 16,000 feet from the ocean’s surface, according to the Portuguese Hydrographic Office.

## Can you swim in Nazar?

Swimming is possible in Nazar, but look for a more protected spot (in the direction of the cliffs) and keep an eye on the warning flags the waves by the beach looked quite big even in spring.

## How many surfers have died at Jaws?

They fell from the sky, some with their boards and some without, in a vulgar display of possibly the worst wipeouts in the history of the sport. Despite so many people saying to themselves, ‘jesusfuckenchrist there is no way anybody could survive that’ as they watched it all go down, no one died.

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