Big wave surfing is a discipline within surfing where experienced surfers paddle into or are towed onto waves which are at least 20 feet (6.2 m) high, on browse boards referred to as “guns” or towboards. Sizes of the board had to effectively surf these waves differ by the size of the wave as well as the technique the surfer uses to reach the wave. A bigger, longer board permits a rider to paddle fast enough to capture the wave and has the benefit of being more stable, however it likewise restricts maneuverability and browsing speed. The present world No. 1 big wave rider is Makua Rothman.
In 1992, huge wave surfers such as Laird Hamilton and Darrick Doerner introduced a cross over sport called tow-in surfing. While numerous riders still take part in both sports, they stay really distinct activities. This type of surfing involves being towed into massive waves by jet ski, allowing for the speed needed to successfully ride. Tow in surfing also transformed board size, permitting surfers to sell their unwieldy 12 ft. boards in favor of light, 7 feet boards that permitted more speed and much easier maneuverability in waves over 30 ft. By the end of the 1990s, tow in browsing enabled surfers to ride waves exceeding 50 ft.