Largest Wave in 20 Years Wipes Out Lineup March 17 2014, 0 Comments
Every surfer makes this decision, usually a few times per session: OK, I see I’m caught inside. Do I sprint-paddle out to sea, trying to make it over the top before the wave breaks in front of me? Or do I try to survive right here, getting my butt kicked in heavy whitewater?
If you go for it, but miscalculate, you just used up your breath & energy sprinting, only to put yourself in the worst possible spot. If you stay put, you might have more energy to fight the battle but could bear the brunt of the full force of the ocean on the head.
Mark Healy found himself facing the biggest wave on the biggest day in 20 years at Tavarua’s legendary Cloudbreak. Not too many individual waves become famous. But this one did.
According to witnesses, this particular wave actually rearranged refrigerator sized boulders on the reef, sending them flying on impact. To hear Mark describe it sends chills down your spine.
This winter on the north shore we reunited Mark with this historic moment in the form of a 20x30 print on metal so he could remember that day forever. Photographer Tom Servais hand delivered it and was kind enough to take this snap of Mark with the actual board in the image. It's truly amazing that both are still in one piece.