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The Biggest Wave Ever Surfed

Garret McNamara, a Hawaiian surfer who looks suspiciously like the dad from Modern Family, has broken the world record for the largest wave ever surfed. At an estimated 90 feet (30 metres), the wave is off Nazaré, Portugal. Here it is:

This video clip from the Guardian has his board-cam and a short interview with him.

To find out more about the science of riding big waves, this is a good ten-minute clip from KQED Quest explains how giant waves are formed at Mavericks.

Riding Giants, about the history of big wave surfing and Laird Hamilton, is great too.

Holiday Post:The Science of Big Waves

I’m off on holiday for a few weeks, so here is a cool video to keep you busy: The Science of Big Wave Surfing, about Mavericks. Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get to paddle into some little Bali beach waves this week!

This video comes from the YouTube channel of KQEDOnDemand, which is a public media service for northern California (kind of like PBS). Anyway, they have a good Science channel, as well as Education and other topics, so have a look.

BIS Students: don’t forget your holiday task here. Due on the first day back.

See you in August!

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