With over 300 videos published to date, it’s difficult to decide which 10 videos define the essence of The Surf Channel Television Network the best. In this case, we are going to let the view count speak for itself.
From worst wipeout compilations, short films, and athlete features, to travel destinations and world record breaking waves, here is the Top 10 Most Viewed Videos on The Surf Channel YouTube:
#1- Worst Wipeouts! Billabong XXL 2013 Epic Fails
Description: The Billabong XXL panel narrowed down the best wipeouts of the 2012 big wave surfing season. Watch as Brett Burcher, Joao de Macedo, Tom Dosland, Axi Muniain and Chris Shanahan (winner) get rocked by some of the biggest waves in the world.
#2- Storm Surfers | How Heavy is a Big Wave?
Description: An incredible amount of water threatens the life of a big wave surfer, with just the lip of some breaks weighing more than 300 small cars. Australian Storm Surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll charge some of the heaviest waves on the planet. In this clip, they break down the mathematical details on how heavy big waves actually are when athletes take them on the head.
#3- Most Dangerous Wave in the World Featuring Nic Lamb
Description: Professional big wave surfer, Nic Lamb, sits down with The Surf Channel to talk about one of the most dangerous breaks in the world. Mavericks, in Half Moon Bay, California, attracts the most dedicated big wave surfers to her unforgiving swells every year. Lamb describes his fear of the ocean and just what keeps him coming back for more!
#4- Movie: Little Victories, A California Surf Film
Description: ‘Little Victories’ is a 30-minute surf film by Perry Gershkow about venturing all along the California coastline in search of wave variety, terrain, and creating little victories along the way. Perry, an action sports filmmaker from Marin county, gathered his buds and hit the California coast starting in Santa Cruz heading north.
#5- 100ft World Record Wave, Garrett Mcnamara Surfing Nazare, Portugal
Description: WaveJet athlete and big wave world record breaker, Garrett McNamara (HAW), sits down with The Surf Channel Television Network to explain the monster waves that Portugal’s Nazaré creates, including his scrutinized 100ft wave caught in January of 2013.
#6- Dangers of Surfing Pipeline Featuring Shaun Tomson
Description: Shaun Tomson sits down to explain the risk and reward of surfing one of the world’s most famous waves known as, Pipeline. Located on Oahu’s North Shore, Pipeline serves as the proving grounds for most up and coming athletes.
#7- Pipeline Rescues | North Shore Lifeguards
Description: Located on the North Shore of Oahu, the famous winter surf break known as Pipeline serves as the proving grounds for only the most skilled surfers in the world. With razor-sharp coral reef, hidden caves, and heavy conditions, Pipeline is recognized as one of the most dangerous waves, and much respect is given to the athletes that brave the fast, steep drops.
#8- Local Style: Best Surf Breaks in Bali, Indonesia
Description: Bukit Peninsula in Bali is one of the most iconic surf destinations in the world. There are a number of breaks that line the coastline and each has it’s own characteristics…one has more barrels, one breaks left and right, and another is the perfect beginner’s beach break. Good stuff to know if you’ve never surfed it.
#9- Storm Surfers: Maya Gabeira & Paul Morgan
Description: “Maya Gabeira is probably the most courageous woman surfer on earth!” -Ross Clarke-Jones. Big Wave Surfer Maya Gabeira from Brazil describes the support she receives as one of the few female big wave chargers on the planet. At 26 years old, Paul Morgan catches up with the Storm Surfers to describe his lifestyle as both a carpenter and big wave surfer.
#10- Storm Surfers: Near Death Wipeout at Cow Bombie
Description: A hold down in big wave surf takes extraordinary mental strength in order to survive. When over 1 million pounds of water moving 60 miles/hour is landing on top of your body, it only seems natural for the human mind to panic. For Australian Storm Surfers Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll, using a specific strategy to force the mind into a peaceful place helps to avoid panicking, which can lead to death.