World’s Most Extreme: Big Wave Surfing
Big wave surfing is a discipline within surfing in which experienced surfers surf on waves which are at least 6.2 meters or 20 feet high on surf boards known commonly as "guns" or towboards in the surfing community. Yes, you heard it right. You cannot simply ride any wave that you deem to be huge in size and call it big wave surfing. In fact, it has been widely agreed within the experts that for one to be considered riding a big wave, a surfer must tackle a wave of at least 6.2 metres high at a speed of around 80km/h.
The world’s most famous big wave surfer, Sebastian Steudtner, was noted to have ridden the biggest wave ever on earth. On 29 October 2020, NASA had reported the sighting of the world’s biggest wave in Nazaré, Portugal. Steudtner, who has always been longing for such an opportunity, caught one of them and, with some delay, his ride has now been awarded as a new world record both by the World Surf League (WSL) and by Guinness World Records. The German athlete now officially holds the world record in big wave surfing. His ride from 2020 was officially confirmed as having a height of 26.21 metres or 86 feet. With such a jaw-dropping height of a wave, comparing the size of the wave to that of Steudner, it was seen to be almost a comical ant-like scale.
Big wave surfing is the kind of activity that pushes your limits. When you participate in such a sport, you are either moving toward the glory you have long desired or, at the extreme, you are facing death. When you encounter that kind of circumstance, you want these moments to be cherished and permanently etched in your memory. Not only is Twelf-X a watch for divers, surfers, and other water sports enthusiasts, but it also exhorts you to treat each trip as if it were your best one yet.