Hurricane waves: high winds, large waves | Photo: Creative Commons/Dennis Bernhard

Big wave surfers are storm chasers. They travel the world in search of the largest swells. But what exactly are hurricane-generated waves?

Science tells us that the barometric pressure in the eye of the hurricane is lower than the pressure some distance from the eye. Hurricanes are also known as tropical cyclones because they form primarily in the tropics. Asians call them typhoons.

High wind speeds associated with hurricanes are able to produce extreme waves. When water rises from the eye of the hurricane and gets influenced by winds, currents and tides, a storm surge is in the making.

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Ricardo dos Santos, Puerto Rico: don't worry, everything's going to be fine

Welcome to the most spectacular unsuccessful rides of the year 2014, also known as wipeouts. Whether at El Buey or Puerto Escondido, many surfers suffered the wrath of Neptune and Poseidon.

The judging panel of the 2015 Billabong XXL Awards will have plenty of work to do. At least, when it comes to analyzing hideous wipeouts. And Latin America has been particularly spicy in this field.

El Buey is one of the heaviest waves in Chile. The spot located near Arica has claimed a large collection of surfboards over the past few months. Ask Gabriel Villaran and Marcos Monteiro.

 

 


Puerto Escondido is breaking bones and boards forever, but the Mexican Pipeline has been particularly dangerous this year. Hold your breath, and imagine yourself riding and falling off these monsters. The victims were Anastasia Ashley, Gabriel Villaran, Billy Kemper, Andres Flores, Ricardo dos Santos, and Gary Hughes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Feeling scared? Relax and learn how to survive a huge wipeout.

Hendo: it's true, it's real, it's an hoverboard

The world's first real hoverboard has been successfully tested. Discover how Hendo will revolutionize the way you train rotations, spins and reverses in surfing.

When Tony Hawk introduced us HUVr, the ultimate "fake" hoverboard, we dared to dream. Now, the dream has become a reality. Yes, there's an high-tech skateboard without wheels ready to hit the skateboard parks of the world.

The Hendo hoverboard rides about one inch off the ground. The prototype is real and it works. It is not a matter of defying gravity; it's pure science instead. As your weight transfers to the board, you feel a light springy bounce, and you're immediately bouncing on air.

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