Surfing, It's Not Just For Summer Anymore!

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by mztupelo

We all think of the perfect time for surfing to be in the summer, but the fall and winter are actually the best time to get the big waves, waves as big as...100 feet!

On October 28th, history was made off the coast of Portugal. Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle dropping in on an estimated 100 foot wave.

What makes this feat even more daring was that he surfed right after fellow brazilian Maya Gaberia was nearly drowned from her attempt and escaped with her life and a broken ankle.

In 2011, Hawaiian Surfer, Garrett McNamara enter the world records book with surfing a wave in the same spot, that wave was 78 feet.

Seas that are normally bereft of the usual ship traffic due to stormy and unpredictable weather in the fall and winter are now full of thrill seeking surfers, who travel around the globe to find that impossible, elusive (for most) high wave.

Interested in chasing your own big wave? Whether it be at Maverick's in Half Moon Bay, or around the world, the Santa Clara County Library District has books and videos to help in your quest.  Happy Surfing! /Terye

The Wave

The Wave : In Pursuit of The Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean  by Susan Casey

Investigates colossal ship-swallowing rogue waves and the surfers who seek them out.


Swell : A Year of Waves  by Evan Slater

Wave watchers around the world know that no two waves are the same. Yet each and every wave that rises, peaks, and crashes onto the beach is generated by a much larger force originating thousands of miles away

The Voodoo Wave

The Voodoo Wave : Inside a Season of Triumph and Tumult at Maverick's   by Mark Kreidler

Offers an intimate look at the surfers who challenge the fifty-foot waves of Maverick's surf point in California--all in search of the perfect ride.

Step into Liquid

Step Into Liquid  (DVD)

Takes you from the terrifying monstrous waves of Oahu's North Shore to the Texas waters of the Gulf of Mexico (where waves are created by massive oil supertankers) to the shores of Ireland and Rapa Nui. Told trough the voices of legends, pros, and everyday surfers alike.

Riding Giants

Riding Giants (DVD)

From its early Hawaiian roots to its current status as a recreational lifestyle enjoyed worldwide, big wave surfing is given the definitive exploration by acclaimed director Stacy Peralta.



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