Friday, June 7, 2019

Big Wave Riding- The Science Behind the Ride

Waimea Bay, Hawaii

Waimea Bay is nestled on the north shore of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands and is a legendary spot for big wave surfing. Here, surfers flock to the Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational to watch the world’s best surfers tackle big waves reaching up to 60 feet!
Whoa! How is a wave that big created? Let’s start with the basics. Currents…..

What is a current?

A large movement of water going in one direction is a current. Currents can be either temporary (surface currents) or long-lasting (deep ocean/ocean floor).
Did you know? Long-lasting currents shape the Earth’s global climate patterns by moving heat around the world.

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