Crazy Video: The Gnarliest Waves Ever Surfed

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Alright, the phrase "gnarliest ever surfed" is probably up for debate depending on where in the world one has surfed. Where I live, Mavricks has the gnarliest. But one glimpse at this video and I'll put money down that you'll agree these are some history waves for modern surfers.

I have been writing up a storm about green(er) tech at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. I needed a break from the man-made stuff and wanted to re-charge with something about the beauty and power of nature. This video fits the bill.

It is extraordinary, and it reminds us of the incredible strength, enduring strength, the ocean has over us. We are changing it almost beyond recognition, yet here it is, giving humans a beating.

This was shot by Chris Bryan on Aug 27, 2011 during the Billabong Pro waiting period is what many are calling the "biggest and gnarliest" Teahupoo ever ridden. According to the blurb on Mpora, "The French Navy labeled this day a double code red prohibiting and threatening to arrest anyone that entered the water. Kelly Slater described the day by saying 'witnessing this was a draining feeling being terrified for other people's lives all day long, it's life or death. Letting go of that rope one time can change your life and not many people will ever experience that in their life.'"

Happy Friday. Enjoy. (And be glad you aren't surfing these waves.)

Crazy Video: The Gnarliest Waves Ever Surfed
If you didn't respect the ocean before, this will tell you why you should.

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