Modern big wave surfing requires a knowledge  JAN 13 2008

Modern big wave surfing requires a knowledge of oceanography and wave dynamics...and quick wits out on the water.

After committing to a wave, the surfer must confront the sheer tonnage of hurtling water and hit a 10-foot-wide slot of the best spot to launch a ride with pinpoint timing, a maneuver that Washburn has described as akin to "trying to place a Dixie cup on the horn of a charging rhino."

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