It’s arbitrary, really. The quest to find, and ride, a 100-foot wave. Why not 90 feet? Why not 110 feet? The idea of a 30-foot wave was out of the question some 60-years ago, then the line became 40-feet. For decades, 40-feet was the limit of what a surfer could handle. Then, the advent of tow-in surfing, with personal watercraft whipping surfers into wave too big and fast to paddle into threw the door open to the biggest waves the planet can produce. That seems to be roughly 100 feet, though it’s nearly impossible to accurately measure a wave’s true height. Regardless, there is a small group of people whose lives are built around finding and surfing the biggest waves on earth. This is their story.


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