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The moment surfer takes on 41-foot monster wave... and lives to tell the tale
DailyMailonline ^ | 07th November 2008 | Wil Longbottom

Posted on 11/07/2008 3:09:53 PM PST by AmericanMade1776

A daredevil surfer is pictured tackling a giant 41 foot wave in a bid to win himself a prestigious award. Kerby Brown took on the monster during a session at a top secret reef, and nearly didn't live to tell the tale. Moments after these pictures were taken, he suffered a devastating wipeout which nearly killed him.

He said: 'Usually the wave never steps out or goes evil like that one, but it just went dry - the hardest wave I've ever had to surf. 'I went straight over over the lip and did about 10 backflips and then pulled a muscle in my shoulder. 'It felt like I ripped my arm out of its socket, my leggie snapped and then I felt like I was the deepest I'd ever been.'


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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Miscellaneous
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Major Wipeout!
1 posted on 11/07/2008 3:09:54 PM PST by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776

Yeah, you can see it closing in on itself on the left side of the photo.

Just wow!


2 posted on 11/07/2008 3:11:23 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Chimpy ObaMao is not my president.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

There is alot of water behind that wave.


3 posted on 11/07/2008 3:11:56 PM PST by skeeter (Its Barry's fault)
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To: AmericanMade1776

gnarbuckle


4 posted on 11/07/2008 3:13:00 PM PST by BillyBonebrake
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To: AmericanMade1776

“Catch a wave and you’re sittin’ on top of the world!”
Amen.


5 posted on 11/07/2008 3:13:06 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Close the colleges and don't feed the public schools.)
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To: AmericanMade1776; NautiNurse

Surf’s Up!


6 posted on 11/07/2008 3:13:11 PM PST by SouthTexas (Remember, it took a Jimmy Carter to bring us a Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I know.. pretty exciting pics.


7 posted on 11/07/2008 3:13:11 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Amazing pictures. Is not nature simply beautiful ?


8 posted on 11/07/2008 3:13:45 PM PST by AndyPH (?+)
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To: AmericanMade1776

So where might this top secret reef be? Hawaii?

And why “top secret”?


9 posted on 11/07/2008 3:14:07 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: AmericanMade1776
Not as big as this one ...


10 posted on 11/07/2008 3:14:42 PM PST by tx_eggman ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule" - Mencken)
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To: AmericanMade1776

That is the gnarliest looking wave I have ever seen, YIKES!


11 posted on 11/07/2008 3:14:47 PM PST by HerrBlucher
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To: AndyPH

Nature is beautiful, powerful, and sometimes unpredictable.


12 posted on 11/07/2008 3:15:04 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Ten footers are the biggest I’ve been in. They were pretty scary and they weren’t ugly like that one.


13 posted on 11/07/2008 3:15:19 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Chimpy ObaMao is not my president.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Anybody know where this is and if there are any videos?


14 posted on 11/07/2008 3:15:41 PM PST by Jim 0216
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To: AmericanMade1776

Close out from hell!


15 posted on 11/07/2008 3:16:23 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

There are some reefs off the coast of San Diego that form some monster waves.


16 posted on 11/07/2008 3:16:24 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Chimpy ObaMao is not my president.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

"Somnds like one righteous wave, dude!"

17 posted on 11/07/2008 3:17:24 PM PST by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
6-8 foot for me.

They were big enough.

18 posted on 11/07/2008 3:18:56 PM PST by skeeter (Its Barry's fault)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Brings to mind the 60's documentary, Endless Summer. And the 90's film with Patrick Swayzee and Keanu Reeves where Swayzee surfs into a killer wave to die.
19 posted on 11/07/2008 3:19:42 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: AmericanMade1776
Another huge wave.


20 posted on 11/07/2008 3:19:52 PM PST by Joiseydude (Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Any wave over head high is serious business.


21 posted on 11/07/2008 3:20:01 PM PST by 38special (I mean come on.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

I snatched the high res shots of this. It’s breathtaking.

I’m a skeered ex-surfer, as I got hurt badly when I was 12 surfing, and don’t have the oysters to go out again. :(


22 posted on 11/07/2008 3:21:32 PM PST by papasmurf (Impeach the illegal bastard!)
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To: AmericanMade1776

I’ve surfed 25 footers before. I remember having just paddled out to the lineup and looking at these moving mountains of water rolling in and questioning my judgement to be out there. Once yout out there there’s only one way to get back in, go for it.

I couldn’t imagine being out in 40 plus foot waves. That’s a serious commitment to try. Whew! No thanks, I’ll watch.

BTW, I think the wave at the end of the movie Point Break was bigger and the professional surfer who doubles for Patrick Swayze wiped out 3 times for that shot.


23 posted on 11/07/2008 3:22:56 PM PST by diverteach (http://www.slapobama.com/)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

It’s Teahupoo in Hawii, where the reef creates some of the largest, glassiest, most incredibly dangerous waves on the face of the earth. Check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9nR90ee-bM


24 posted on 11/07/2008 3:23:29 PM PST by chris37
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To: Jim 0216

Here you go.. http://broadbandsports.com/widgets?bbswstuser=Australia%20Surfing%20Life&id=12984

lots of ASL Oakley Awards and music videos here


25 posted on 11/07/2008 3:24:46 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: Joiseydude

At least he is ahead of that one..


26 posted on 11/07/2008 3:26:27 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Looks like a Teahupoo Wave.
27 posted on 11/07/2008 3:27:03 PM PST by fso301
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To: Jim 0216

Could be the Cortes Bank, about 100 miles out from San Diego. It’s one of the spots that require tow-in, and there is a jet ski in the picture.


28 posted on 11/07/2008 3:27:30 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Chimpy ObaMao is not my president.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
There are some reefs off the coast of San Diego that form some monster waves.

Are you referring to Cortes Bank... 100 miles off the shore of San Diego... it's a chain of underwater mountains that rise from about 1/2 mile down on the ocean floor with peaks that are only about 20 feet from the surface...


29 posted on 11/07/2008 3:28:12 PM PST by So Cal Rocket (I am John Galt...)
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To: Jim 0216

I don’t know about this particular wave. However, an excellent documentary on the history of surfing is ‘Riding Giants’, it includes some spectacular scenes.


30 posted on 11/07/2008 3:28:15 PM PST by Stevenc131
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To: tx_eggman
That's got to be South Australia....?

Here's another one that'll give you cold feet.

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Imagine the speed and vertical from that take off!

31 posted on 11/07/2008 3:28:48 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: AmericanMade1776

WOW! I surfed for about 30 years, until my back and neck were ruined. Been around the world and dropped in on some fairly large waves. However, this is insane. Utterly demonic. No way, not me.


32 posted on 11/07/2008 3:29:21 PM PST by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

bump


33 posted on 11/07/2008 3:31:18 PM PST by Centurion2000 (To protect and defend ... against all enemies, foreign and domestic .... by any means necessary.)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Here is another video of phenomenal Teahupoo waves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E91pK-2TUFg&feature=related


34 posted on 11/07/2008 3:31:21 PM PST by chris37
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To: So Cal Rocket

Yes, Cortes.


35 posted on 11/07/2008 3:32:21 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Chimpy ObaMao is not my president.)
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To: ExpatGator

Did you read Kerby Brown’s description of riding the wave? He probably will not do it again.


36 posted on 11/07/2008 3:33:11 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: chris37

It is not Teahupoo. Teahupoo is a left breaking wave and this is a right. My guess is that it is in Tasmania.


37 posted on 11/07/2008 3:33:51 PM PST by CollegeRepublican
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To: capt. norm

Reminds me of Bill in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”


38 posted on 11/07/2008 3:34:25 PM PST by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: chris37
California gets their share of monsters. This one's at Mavericks. These waves will look like 10-12' when lining up but can jack up to 25-30' instantly. The water is ice cold, the water is filled with sharks and there's a very shallow bottom covered in rocks. When the north swell comes in it's fun to watch from the shore but I have no idea what possesses these guys to go out and get in front of these.

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39 posted on 11/07/2008 3:36:29 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: CollegeRepublican

Hmm. interesting, he is surfing the wrong way for Teahupoo. I was not aware of another location on earth than can produce such waves, but now I would like to know where it is too.


40 posted on 11/07/2008 3:36:34 PM PST by chris37
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To: Jim 0216

Here is Kirby Brown , taken a year ago surfing videos.. before the BIG ONE>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON22x5En8bo


41 posted on 11/07/2008 3:36:50 PM PST by AmericanMade1776 ( Obama Happens! Not my Fault!)
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To: AmericanMade1776

Awesome dude. I have a bunch of “Endless Summer” movies and videos I watch over and over.


42 posted on 11/07/2008 3:38:13 PM PST by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours.)
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To: Mase

Just like going over “The Brink” on “The Birds of Prey”! What a ride!


43 posted on 11/07/2008 3:39:23 PM PST by WellyP
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To: chris37

The video says it’s in Tahiti.


44 posted on 11/07/2008 3:40:33 PM PST by FrogMom (Lord, help us all!)
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To: skeeter

There is a lot of power behind the lot of water behind that wave.


45 posted on 11/07/2008 3:43:37 PM PST by fightinJAG (Who needs the Fairness Doctrine? Obama admits the power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: tx_eggman

Talk about acres of foam. Wowzer.


46 posted on 11/07/2008 3:44:45 PM PST by fightinJAG (Who needs the Fairness Doctrine? Obama admits the power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: So Cal Rocket

Hard to believe those pictures after having fished the Cortes Banks several times.Great fishing but after seeing those monsters, I don’t know if I want to go back


47 posted on 11/07/2008 3:46:26 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Mase

Imagine the deafening, rumbling roar.


48 posted on 11/07/2008 3:47:11 PM PST by fightinJAG (Who needs the Fairness Doctrine? Obama admits the power to tax is the power to destroy.)
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To: FrogMom
Quoted from teahupoo's wiki page: "Teahupoʻo (commonly mispronounced as Chopu) is a world-renowned surfing location off the south-east of the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, southern Pacific Ocean. It is known for its heavy, glassy waves, often reaching 2 to 3 m (7 to 10 ft) and higher. It is the site of the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition, part of the World Championship Tour (WCT) of the ASP World Tour professional surfing circuit and used to be one stop in the World Tour of the International Bodyboarding Association. Teahupo'o (or 'Chopes as it is sometimes called) is a deadly reef break. It is mainly left-breaking, but the outer reef also creates right breaks that surfers must be cautious of when paddling out. Teahupo'o is also renowned for the consistent number of barrels it delivers. It is a rewarding location and is widely regarded as being on the 'must-surf' list of every enthusiastic surfer. However, only experienced surfers in peak physical condition should attempt Teahupo'o; heavy waves combined with a shallow shoreline can result in serious injuries and even death in a wipeout." Teahupoo is in Tahitii, and it looks like right breakers do occur occasionally.
49 posted on 11/07/2008 3:47:50 PM PST by chris37
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To: AmericanMade1776

It looks like a wave called The Box in Western Australia. It sucks out like that all the time. I’ve never seen it that big though.


50 posted on 11/07/2008 4:13:51 PM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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