Big Wave Surfing

Big wave surfing is a high-risk sport in which experienced surfers paddle into or are towed onto waves which are at least 6.2 metres high, on surf boards known as "guns" or towboards.
The size of the surf board needed to successfully surf these waves vary by the size of the wave as well as the technique the surfer uses to reach the wave.
A larger, longer board enables the surfer to paddle fast enough to catch the wave and has the advantage of being more stable, but larger boards are less maneuverable and can be slower.
In 1992, a variant of the sport, called tow-in surfing, was introduced. While many riders still participate in both sports, they are very distinct activities.
Tow-in surfing involves being towed into massive waves by jet ski, allowing for the speed needed to successfully ride. Tow-in surfing also revolutionized board size. Instead of surfing with the traditional 3.5 metre boards, Tow-in surfers use shorter, lighter boards of around 2 metres. This allows for more speed and easier maneuverability in waves that often reach over 10 metres in height.
By the end of the 1990s, tow-in surfing allowed surfers to ride waves in excess of 15 metres in height.

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