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Video: Laird Hamiltonís ride that redefined Big Wave Surfing
NorthShoreHawaii ^ | Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

Posted on 07/28/2012 8:50:56 AM PDT by jwsea55

On an outer Tahitian reef break known as Teahupo’o, Laird Hamilton road a wave so massive, so powerful, it redefined what big wave riders thought was possible.

There may be more ways of pronouncing Teahupo’o than there are letters in the English alphabet. Two of the most common are Chee-yow-po and Cho-poo. No matter how it is pronounced, when there’s large surf, Teahupo’o’s reef break is one of the most dangerous that can be surfed.

Teahupoo, Surfer Magazine, Laird Hamilton, Big Wave Surfing, Darrick Doerner, Greg Noll, Sam George, Matt Warsaw, Steve Pezman, Pat Curren, Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach

Unlike most of the world’s big wave spots that break as cresting waves in deep water, Teahupo’o is just a huge mass moving forward as a solid wall of water. As it reaches the reef, it creates an incredible, perfectly cylindrical tube for those brave enough to ride it. As the water hits the reef, forces of the crashing wave and this solid wall of water (that continues to push forward) literally explode into each other. And below the surfer? A shallow, razor sharp reef that has had almost all the water sucked out of it.

Below is a clip from Riding Giants about Laird Hamilton’s ride that redefined Big Wave Surfing.

Hamilton rides the big wave that changes surfing history

Teahupoo, Surfer Magazine, Laird Hamilton, Big Wave Surfing, Darrick Doerner, Greg Noll, Sam George, Matt Warsaw, Steve Pezman, Pat Curren, Jim Caldwell, Redondo Beach

(Excerpt) Read more at northshorehawaii.wordpress.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: frankieandannette; laird; surfing; tahiti; teahupoo
This video is as much about life and how we view what we think limits us as it is about surfing. Great video.
1 posted on 07/28/2012 8:51:05 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: jwsea55

He did not ride that wave some else made that happen


2 posted on 07/28/2012 9:07:26 AM PDT by al baby (¬ďIf Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn¬ít earn that. Somebody else made that happen.¬Ē)
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To: jwsea55
Still one of the most awe-inspiring rides in surfing history!

Here's some more Teahupoo porn photographed with the super slow-mo 720p. Unbelievable...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C04htNNYb9A

3 posted on 07/28/2012 9:08:23 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: al baby
He did not ride that wave some else made that happen

Too funny...first reaction on your comment was, 'uhhh????'...and then read your tag! If this isn't a refutation of that line, what is? Let's see that guy go out there on a wave like this.

I don't know anyone who surfs who would touch that wave!

4 posted on 07/28/2012 9:13:22 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: Menehune56
What a great video. Love that one everytime I see it. Chris does great work.

Teahupoo is just such a different wave from your neck of the woods and Jaws.

5 posted on 07/28/2012 9:26:10 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: jwsea55
I don't know anyone who surfs who would touch that wave!

...well, maybe a couple but they are you and...

6 posted on 07/28/2012 9:29:44 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: jwsea55

Laird Hamilton, one of the greatest athletes ever.


7 posted on 07/28/2012 9:53:42 AM PDT by Third Person ( A man has to know his limitations.)
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I just read The Wave by Susan Casey which has a lot of stories about Hamilton. She was thoroughly impressed with the guy.


8 posted on 07/28/2012 10:00:06 AM PDT by surrey
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To: jwsea55

This is recycle old material from over 10 years ago. The question begs has Lairds ride there been outdone?


9 posted on 07/28/2012 10:14:01 AM PDT by RBStealth
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To: Menehune56
I met Greg Noll a few years back at a salmon cook out in N. Calif. He is a friend of my cousins in a little town just south of the Oregon border called Crescent City. His son has a surf board shop there and they put on an annual surf meet every year. Headed that way in about two weeks for a month. The salmon are running and they are catching them in the ocean and on the Klamath River. (that is where I am from but living on Maui for over 40 years now)
10 posted on 07/28/2012 10:23:21 AM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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The question begs has Lairds ride there been outdone?

The obvious answer is yes. Jeff Clark soloed for how long out at Maverick's, a decade and half. Now look at that place. Look at what's happening at Nazare the last couple of years. Both Clark and Hamilton broke barriers of what people thought were possible. Once the barriers were broken, others who couldn't see what was possible before accepted the challenge. Should we take credit away from Wright brothers for those now going to the moon?

11 posted on 07/28/2012 10:39:30 AM PDT by jwsea55
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Something is wrong with the amygdala portion of their brains. Those videos are crazy.


12 posted on 07/28/2012 10:40:55 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: jwsea55; RBStealth

You can’t really compare the two locations, as well as the rides.

Clark’s achievement at Mavericks can’t be overlooked, but you can paddle into those waves. Yes, you can paddle into waves at Chopes, but Laird’s tow-in was so deep into the barrel that if a surfer tried to paddle in at that location he wouldn’t make it out of that ride alive.

Chopes is notorious for claiming a lot of lives.


13 posted on 07/28/2012 10:51:31 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: EEGator
Something is wrong with the amygdala portion of their brains. Those videos are crazy.

I have gotten stuck 'in-between' when it was 2.5 to triple overhead without a board. After that, I can appreciate these waves without any desire.

14 posted on 07/28/2012 10:52:45 AM PDT by jwsea55
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To: This Just In
You can’t really compare the two locations, as well as the rides.

You nailed it! "...Teahupoo is a freak of hydrodynamics..."

15 posted on 07/28/2012 10:56:58 AM PDT by jwsea55
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Heaviest wave I’ve ever seen, and I’m from Hawaii.


16 posted on 07/28/2012 10:58:56 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

What is it that kills these guys? Is it that they slam into the reef and go unconscious, or is it the swirling water under the wave that sucks them under?


17 posted on 07/28/2012 11:06:25 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: jwsea55

I enjoy the videos, but there is no way in hell would I ever do that. I like the ocean on Blu-Ray from my couch.


18 posted on 07/28/2012 11:07:59 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Yardstick

It’s a combination of things. Chopes has a shallow break. The reef is just a couple of feet from the surface. Combine that fact along with a wave that breaks heavy, and you have little room for mistakes.

If you search the net for examples of fatalities at Teahupoo you’ll soon discover how dangerous Chopes is.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 11:13:05 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: Yardstick

Sometimes they get dumped under the reef...sometimes they get knocked unconscious...sometimes they swirl in the sheer power and beating of the waves for up to 3 minutes. They say it is like being inside an industrial washing machine for 3 minutes...I’ll pass.


20 posted on 07/28/2012 9:12:19 PM PDT by willyd
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