Big Wave Surfer Rides 50ft Giants



Image: Minnie Vuong / Xvolution Media

Jeff Rowley rides Jaws for the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year, January 2012 (1)

“Like trying to catch and ride a Tyrannosaurus Rex with your bare hands – the best thrill, but you’re so glad to be alive!” That’s how big wave surfer Jeff Rowley describes paddling into and trying to ride a gigantic wave at the legendary “Jaws” Peahi reef break, off the island of Maui, Hawaii.


Image: Minnie Vuong / Xvolution Media

Jeff Rowley rides Jaws for the Billabong XXL Ride of the Year, January 2012 (2)

Rowley’s analogy of a T-Rex rodeo could very well apply to big wave surfing in general. In this extreme form of an already pretty intense sport, the surfers take on waves that would have the rest of us scurrying off the beach at the mere sight of them. Take the 50-foot monster Rowley recently surfed at Jaws, earning him a place on the Big Wave World Tour for 2012.

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