World of Warcraft

WOW or World of
Warcraft is one of the most played and highly interactive multiplayer games
which are being played online through role-playing. This addiction was released
in the year 2004 by the innovative mindset of Blizzard Entertainment. World of
Warcraft is the fourth game which had been released in the series of the Warcraft
fantasy universe. After a time period of four years when the Blizzard
Entertainment released Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, WOW was released. On a
very special day i.e. on the 10th anniversary of Warcraft franchise,
there was an announcement made regarding the release of the World of Warcraft.

In the game of
World of Warcraft, the players explore the landscapes; interact with various
other non-players, complete quests and fight with the numerous monsters. There
is a need to pay a subscription fee through the debit or the credit card which
helps in purchasing a token of WOW. There is also a trial account if the
individuals do not pay any subscription fees. With this trial account, players
can reach a maximum to level 20 with a number of locked features.

There are
various servers from which the player is needed to select one that comprises of
normal, PvP, RP and RP-PvP. The World of Warcraft is a game of science fiction,
steampunk and fantasy which is based on alien worlds, spaceships, time travel,
horror monsters, werewolves, zombies, dragons and the gryphons. World of
Warcraft is one of the most mesmerizing games which have developed a huge
addiction for its players. People spend long hours in playing as the game and
its interacting platform fetched the attention of millions of gamers. So, to
manage a control over the long hours of playing, there is also a parental
controlling system which sets out limits on the playing time for the children.
There can be set a fixed weekly or daily limit.

To get the most
in-depth glimpse of World of Warcraft you need have a look on the Stream Shift
TV as it is one of platforms which offer streaming videos and audios. In the
world of television, the digital transformation adopted by Stream Shift TV is
at the top of the list when it comes to media content. Stream Shift TV is one
of the busiest platforms which offers a live 24/7 channel featuring sports,
games and many other activities. Stream Shift TV offers MMO video game World of
Warcraft which has posed an unimaginable impact on the lives of the players.

There are almost
10 million people which have their eyes on the various programs, audios and
videos at Stream Shift TV. People have an addiction of spending long hours on
the TV channel. There has been reviewed a number of gamers, psychologists,
players, game designers, professional baseball players, critics, comedians and
many other people. There was conducted a research for almost 500 hours by the
Stream Shift TV by taking trips across the country. There has been an
increasing and extending online virtual world which has millions of players of
several MOM games. The World of Warcraft is the king of the virtual games as
when the people start the game, they tend to develop a character and name it
which plays at their place in the virtual world. In the survey, people have
admitted that they play WOW for long hours ranging from a period of 5 hours a
day to 12 hours non-stop. Even there are people who play the game for two days
straight and even do not sleep.

an important aspect of these online virtual games and high interaction in the
World of Warcraft was the forming of relations. In order to facilitate and
enable the interactions in the computerized digital world, there is a virtual
identity been created for assuming a particular online presence. In the World
of Warcraft, similarly, the players use several parameters for creating the
virtual avatars or identities through which they tend to present themselves in
front of other players and the gaming world. In addition to the virtual
identities, there are significant aspects such as the naming of a profile,
graphical and textual info pertaining to the players. The players share the
real-life information with other players on the gaming platform regarding their
real life which results in high level of integration among their virtual
presence beyond the characters they are playing. there is a complex process while
creating the character for oneself as there are immense choices available for
the people and thus people can develop an unimaginable identity for themselves
and can self-present themselves to the virtual world.

It is also very
much significant that to have an in-depth understanding of the virtual presence
as there is encountered interactions by the means of virtual spaces and thus
there develop social relations in the everyday lives. It has been highlighted
in the research that there develops unique relationships among the individuals
which help them in cultivating the sense of self and also support in connecting
with other users in a number of ways. With the help of these virtual identities
and connecting with other players, the individuals tend to reconstruct and
redefine themselves in the notion of identity offering the players with a completely
new form of existence. The people have realized they have undergone a complete
transformation when they have developed a social interaction while playing
World of Warcraft.

virtual world of World of Warcraft has a 3D stimulated environment which helps
the players in developing interactions both in the virtual and the real life.
There develops a number of social relationships where people also date someone
and has personal associations. It also offers a platform to collaborate,
interact and deal in leisure and business related activities other than the
personal relations. In the virtual world friendship developed in the World of
Warcraft is defined as a user who invites another player for becoming friends
by the feature of in-world friendship where another player accepts this
invitation. It develops the network of the individuals. There are people who
are suffering from squat social circle or no social life. In that case, it has
been so cherishing to develop a social circle in this virtual world created
through World of Warcraft.

The game
programs a number of quests which can be completed by groups by becoming friends
on the virtual portal of the game. This friendship allows them to easily
communicate and collaborate in real life. The virtual develops in a real
friendship through online communication in the chat rooms. It has also been
realized by many players that such virtual associations have developed their
well-being and decrease the feeling of isolation as they have shared their
emotions and experiences with their virtual partners. Some people have a
relationship of even 5 months or 7 months with their gaming partners in real
life. It seems to be fun, an innovative way and extremely adventuring and
exciting for the people to play the World of Warcraft. People experienced
negativity and difficulty in their lives and have started playing the game
where they realized they can be something and have a more improved life.

You never feel
alone as there are millions of players at a single point of time, this resulted
in a strong social atmosphere where people make friends, globalize, interact
with each other at global platform. World of Warcraft have eradicated the borders
and have given the players to interact on international platforms. In the
world, there are a number of people who are ex number of difficulties due to
their disabilities. Their physical disability disallows them to build a good
social life and perform well. But when those people played the World of
Warcraft have felt much better as this offered them a good company and a better
social atmosphere where they can interact with other players. In the survey, an
interview was done with a girl being socially disconnected due to her accident
and this resulted in discontinue of her studies. The brain injury and the
various side effects of the medications resulted in loss of memory and other disability.
Then she started playing World of Warcraft. The MMO game not helped her out
from depression but also gave her a new social circle where she can make
friends, develop associations and have friends. The people go out with their
characters and develop an entirely different personality for themselves A
number of players found the World of Warcraft as one of the most interesting
phenomenon which gives numerous advantages to them. The people who lack certain
communication skills fail to develop a relationship with the people. The virtual
world helps them out to develop strong relations without any need of strong
communication skills.

The World of
Warcraft has given the online games a huge business and higher revenues. There
was a nine year business plan of the game which possessed high risk. But today
almost 20 million people play World of Warcraft and have become a huge addition
for them to play on regular basis. From the overall market of the MOM games,
World of Warcraft alone holds a total of sixty percent of the market share. The
exact number of people playing or involved in the game is still cannot be
reported because of the huge and unpredictable Asian market. There is a huge
following of approximately twenty to thirty million individuals across the
world. Even there are restaurants, cafes and other places where there is a set
up for playing the game. There is around a business of 40 million dollar of the
game which is exceeding every year by seventeen percent.

The online and
virtual game of World of Warcraft has huge online process which will continue
for years and years. As there is a subscription fee need to be paid by the
players and with a regular monthly fee. The players decide the pay as per their
affordability and the requirements of the game with some or more features. The
best feature of World of Warcraft is that it maintains all the performance of
its players for a longer time frame. It enables the players to join back after
a long break without losing their achievements. There is no loss of money even
when the players come back after months. It is a revolutionary game which
attracts millions of gamers and gives the gaming industry with huge financial
investments and the developers with high revenues. There is approx. a 15 dollar
subscription fees. Thus there is gained millions of dollars from the players as
the subscription and monthly fees. This results in a huge business and
lucrative market growth of virtual online games.

There is no end
to such games as in the World of Warcraft, the players are needed to clear the
various quests and once they complete these quests, there are accomplishments
received by them. The game had attained a huge level of popularity in just a few
years and has engaged m millions of players with it. there are feedbacks taken
from the players and the developers bring several new characters from time to
time which enhances the interest of the players and developed their interest in
the game. It is 3D amuse game which not only fetches the attention of players as
a virtual game but also gives them an immense level of satisfaction while playing
the game. The felt wow once they start playing the game and overwhelmed with
the virtual characters by sitting on the driver seat and surrounded by a
feeling of a car. The technology has raised the bars and offers improved satisfaction
top its players. World of Warcraft had attained steep growth in past few years
as people enjoy playing it over any other thing. Once you start playing the
game, there are new gears. By completing eth quests, then stats gets improved.
It is one of the means for people to remain enthusiastic as they post the
pictures on daily basis on several social media platforms to gain recognition. It
offers the players a feeling of recognition as people and other players notice
you when you clear several levels of the game and get accomplishments.

In the research, there was also interviewed a
basketball player who has his own studio named 38 studios and have worked hard
for launching a MMO. It is being so interesting that people from different fields
are indulging themselves in it. The total timeline for the developers is three
to five years. By having an interaction with the game developers, it is known
that, it is just like a Hollywood movie where there is selection of characters,
a plot am a timeline to develop the complete game. The people cherish the game
as well as the friendship they have gained online. There is also a real life
effect which is there because of the virtual lives. And it is almost impossible
to break out this chain and quit playing. It is similar to a trap which once
indulges you then it is next to impossible to get it out from the same. There
are thousands of people who have its serious addiction and play it like addicts
affecting their real lives. The children who cannot play the video games play
the World of Warcraft as their favorite time consuming activity. The people
used to wear its costumes and play the game as an addiction. There is huge fan
following of the games from different parts of the world.

Among the
various other internet applications and the virtual games, World of Warcraft
have received highest popularity in terms of client base and revenues. The
World of Warcraft has managed itself in building up a substantial client base
as its players over the years with estimations placing the virtual accounts
across the world for approximately more than a billion. At the similar point of
time, there has been anticipated a 100 percent growth in the next few years. Such
continuously increasing revenues, investments and market share have robust
economic potential which is much interesting for the marketers. The game of
World of Warcraft has given new insights to the players’ identities and
characteristics. It also presents several opportunities to the game developers
with fertile grounds for experimenting innovative technologies and tools aiming
towards the increased sales and marketing efforts. There are a number of
various businesses which have gained huge recognition in the virtual world. Stream
Shift TV has developed videos restating the views of the players, gamers,
developers, psychologist and various other people indulged in the World of Warcraft.
It is the game which has transformed the real lives of the people into the
virtual lives. There are developed virtual consumers identity and also virtual
behaviour through the game which is really impossible to break down and come
back to the real lives.

When at many
places the anniversary of World of Warcraft is celebrated with immense celebrations
and happiness, there are places where it is a time for actual reflection. The
virtual online games are great as they are fun, exciting and adventurous which
are made for our enjoyment. But when in the research, it was seen that various
psychologists as well as the researchers still have diverse views in respect
to the addiction done by these virtual games. There is an ongoing debate with
no specific outcome that these video games are vigorous and healthy or threat
to the human lives. It is still a question across the world. The World of
Warcraft possesses high addictive potential and is we structure to fetch the
attention of the individuals. The players invest a huge amount of time in playing
due to the peer pressure of completing several levels as well as for improving
the stats through continuous completion of the quests. It has controlled the real
life of the clients and is impacting them in several ways.

There are
several examples of the people suffering from a number of difficulties as they
have become addicted to the game. There are a number of messed up stories of
real lives of the people where the World of Warcraft impacts children,
teenagers, adults, parents and all other individuals. The things in the real
life started getting weird as people use to live more in their virtual lives
and have separated a much from their responsibilities and the real world. in last
five years, there has been published a number of stories on several media
where it has been described how people are suffering an increased level of exhaustion
by playing the World of Warcraft for endless hours of 50 hours straight. There
are numerous cases which have been identified as the side effect or the
negative impact of the game and its addiction.

Seen from the
reflection perspectives of the game of World of Warcraft, it has said by the
people that it such their lives all the time which means that it had destroyed
the peace of their real lives, as the players tend to lose themselves in the
World of war raft and their own world is shaken up by running away from their real
lives. Seen from the perspectives of children, it has been realized that it has
a direct impact upon the studies of the children as they lose their focus from
the studies and develop their interest in playing the games. It is one of the major
issues identified by the parents whose children are playing the World of War on
daily basis. It has also been seen that the teenagers are the one which is
much impacted by such games and their virtual world. The teens have resulted in
performing crimes of killing their parents when they have been stopped from playing
the games. In the game of World of Warcraft, there are developed feelings of
people killing each other. This results in gaining the inheritance or features
of the characters playing by them in the game. The children and teenager do
harmful acts which is one of the worst reflections of the addiction of such

The next impact
caused in the real lives of the people is that the individuals lost their lot
of time in playing the game for long hours. There is high manipulation of time because
of the time exhausted by playing the game. The people have a number of
responsibilities in their real lives which they are required to fulfil to have
a successful and happy life. But due to getting involved in the virtual world
of World of Warcraft, they get disconnected from all these activities and
responsibilities. The patients develop a distance from their children as they
are not able to provide time to their infants and children due to getting busy
in playing the virtual games. This not only impacts the relationship but also
the growth of the infants. Another major impact of these games realized is that
people developed relationship issues and result into separation as either of
the partner is much involved in the game and has no much time left to give to
the relationship. By playing the virtual games and in the continuous
interactions performed in the World of Warcraft, the people develop social
relationships with other players and their gaming partners. This resulted in
issues in their personal lives as it indicates much involvement with the
virtual partners which many a time turns into the real life relationships.

Another major
negative result of reflection explained by the psychologist and the people suffering
from various addiction issues is that there is complete wastage of time as
people tend to lose their interest in the outer world. They are not aware of
the things happening in their surroundings as they are completely indulged in
the game only. Instead of being updated about the surrounding or current
affairs or the necessary things, they tend to exhaust their time in playing the
World of Warcraft. This time can be used in much better and productive work but
due to the high level of addiction caused by the game there is a loss of time as
well as energy. There are presently 10 million people who are currently
exhausting their precious time in playing the World of Warcraft and losing
their interest in other important tasks. It is also seen that there also
develops greed by paling the game as people once started clearing the quests
and reaching next level, they use to play it again for getting accomplishments
and reaching higher levels. It is just like a never ending competition where
millions of players compete with themselves and the developers kept on adding
levels in the game to attain continuous revenues.

The psychologists
believe that it is necessary for the people to come out from the virtual world
and act in real. The World of Warcraft has developed such a mesmerizing virtual
world which stops the people from getting out and loses their attention in the
game. There is a direct impact of the World of Warcraft on the lives of the
clients as there comes a phase when players started neglecting their real lives
and responsibilities because of getting much involved in their virtual
characters. And this is one of the major reasons behind the continuous
deteriorating lives of the millions of people. There are elements such as fiction
and other attention seeking things which stop the individuals from losing their
interest. There are people who are suffering from various syndromes, people who
have lost their relatives, loved ones and children because of this game. The
children destroying their career and the teenagers destroying their future. The
continuously increasing craze for the World of Warcraft is much seen as a
threat to the peace of lives of the people at some point of time.

Seen from the
overall perspectives, it has been seen that the World of Warcraft is a much interesting
and powerful game which has the power to fetch the attention of millions of
players and give them a platform to interact, communicate, play, experience,
enjoy and live a completely different life. It is not only the adverse impact
but only the addictions which have those reverse reflections. In the research,
it has been analyzed that people enjoy playing the game and have gained much
confidence by creating their identity in this virtual world of millions of
people. It is highly motivating for the people suffering from disabilities,
difficulties in real life, experiencing failures or are suffering from
depression. these games give the human mind a tendency to involve in various
other activities which gives them a feeling of relaxation and reduces their
level of stress, anxiety and tension. The characters in the game and the
accomplishments, the completion of various quests are the achievements which
give high pleasure to the players and they can sense winning. as well as
another most beneficial aspect of the World of Warcraft is its social
atmosphere as here people are interacting with global; regions. This gives a
chance to interact with people with different tastes and personalities. It
offers a social platform to develop virtual friendships and relations with
people. The people can come out from isolation and can create a big social
circle with anonymous friends. So, is true that the World of Warcraft can soon
make a history and win the hearts of billions of people in the coming few years.
While playing the game, it is just needed to understand the thin life
difference between the passion for the game and the addiction to the game. When
the individuals play the game with a passion then they can maintain a good
balance between their real lives and the virtual lives. And if this resulted in
addiction then they can completely ruin their real lives and inner peace. World
of Warcraft is leading the gaming market and has high popularity in both the
terms of the client base and extending global reach. The developers are working
hard to give its clients with more innovative and technologically updated
features so that they can experience more fun, adventure and amusement.

Big Wave Surfing

Monster waves are some of
the best waves to ride but they are very dangerous to ride in because of how
monstrous they are and a simple mistake can have very bad consequences. That is
why big waves need to have experienced surfers riding them. But let us see what
big wave surfing really is.


Surfing is riding the
forward side of a wave to be taken to the shore by means of a surfboard and in
which the surfer is either standing on or lying down on it. The most preferred
option is to stand as it gives the surfer more control on the movement of the
surfboard. The surfer will usually be parallel to the beach as they try to ride
out the wave before it dies out or they fall off as the wave heads to the

The most common form of
surfing is by standing on the board. But there are other forms of surfing that
are commonly done. Other forms of surfing is when the surfer is lying on the
board, is in a drop knee stance, or knee boarding where the surfer is using a
buoyant and is on their knees as the buoyant is being towed by a motor boat. But
there is a type of surfing that is thought of as the purest form of surfing and
it is using the body as the surfboard. This works in the sense that the surfer
will surf without the help of a surfboard but is using the body to ride out a
wave. And as unique and dangerous as it sounds, it is a very common feature
practiced in most of the surfing areas all around the world.

First historical recording
of surfing was in 1769 when James Cook arrived in Tahiti. In 1907 a land Baron
in California vacationed in Hawaii and saw teenage boys surfing and decided to
introduce the activity to California. But it was George Fleeth who revived it
by creating the now commonly used long board that made surfing such a hit in
California. He would show off his skills twice a day to the excited hoteliers
of Hotel Redondo. It wasn’t until 1975 that surfing competitions began and
Margo Oberg was the first female professional surfer to participate in. The
international Surfers Association estimates that there are 20 to 25 million
surfers and the industry itself is worth over $15 million.

There are different forms
of surfing

1. Surf

This is when the surfer is
ride the front part of a moving wave to surf the water. The surfer will pad out
towards a wave using hands and then turn the back towards the wave. The surfer
will then wait for the wave to take over so that the surfer can now stand on
the board and let the wave to take them to the shore. Surf boards vary in size
with beginners using soft boards which are among the big sized boards but offer
more stability. But with experience surfers tend to go with small sized boards
but it is not all that necessary. Surfing can be done at any age as long as the
surfer knows how to swim. It is easy to learn and really fun to try out.

2. Windsurf

Combines both surfing and
sailing and can take place in an ocean, lake or a fjord. The wind surfing gear
is made of a surfboard that has a sail and enables the surfer to use the wind
effectively to propel them. The sail size ranges from 2.5 m2 to 12m2.
Experienced surfers will use small sails and boards especially when there are
strong winds. All ages can learn to wind surf easily but in light winds and in
areas that have shallow waters and have enclosed bays for safety.

3. Kitesurf

This is a sport that
combines different elements of surfing into one, from wakeboarding, surfing, windsurfing
to paragliding. The surfer will use a large controllable kite that is powered
by the wind to surf across the water using a small surfboard. More experienced
kite surfers will tend to opt for stronger winds in order to surf. New kite
surfers have got utilize small weaker winds to be safer. The best place to
learn kite surfing is in small enclosed areas that have shallow waters. Having
previous knowledge of surfing is good though it is not necessary. Kite surfing
will usually take a longer period to learn as compared to other forms of

4. SUP

This means a Stand Up
Paddle. It is an off ramp of surfing and has its origins in Hawaii. The surfer
usually has a large board and a one bladed paddle to be used to paddle out to
see to get to a wave. The surfer has to stand up the whole time. The sense
behind for this is so that the surfer can be able to get to waves that are
harder to reach using hands to wade out to sea to catch a wave. It was named
the fastest growing water sport activity for surfers who love big waves. SUP
can also be enjoyed on calm waters like lakes, fjords or rivers. This then
becomes the perfect water sport for every single person and age.

Understanding how wave
energy forms to create massive waves is what will guide you to face the biggest
waves and enjoy big wave surfing to the fullest.

Waves are usually generated
by winds which are created by low pressure systems found mostly in coastal
areas. Another way waves can be formed is through an earthquake at the bottom
of the ocean but these rarely occur though when they do, they end up being very
destructive. They are commonly known to form Tsunamis.

So when the wind blows adjacently
to the top of the ocean, wave energies are created. These energies will then travel on the ocean
and start creating swells. This is even possible because there are no obstacles
like land in the open ocean. When the swells become more and more organized
depending on the strengths of the wind, then they end up forming waves. There
are types of swells that are created:

Ground Swells – They are
developed from stormy conditions and very strong winds in the open ocean. The
energy of the wave will depend on how strong the storm is and the stronger it
is, the more powerful the swell will get. The energy of the now created swell
can be as deep as 1000 feet and thus will be travel for thousands of miles
without losing energy.

Wind swells – This are
created by wind currents and are much closer to the shore. Therefore they will
not be deep enough and will not produce strong waves.

After the swells are
created, the waves will start travelling outwards form the central point of the
storm. These swells will continue until the ocean floor begins to shallow up.
This will force the swell to slow down and release the energy that was stored
in it. This energy will eventually form into a breaking wave. The wave will
then head for shallower waters because now the swell isn’t moving as fast on
shallow waters as it deep on deeper waters. The way in which the swell breaks
from underneath and bends horizontally is commonly referred to as Refraction.
The refraction of the wave will depend on the depth of the sea floor and the
characteristics of the landscape in which it is travelling in. There are two types
of wave refractions when you are in a surf spot.

Concave Refractions – This
one is formed when the swell travels over a raised ground contour at the floor
of the ocean and around the contour the waters are deeper. When the swell
breaks and forms a wave, the wave will have an upside down shape look of a bowl
with the center of the wave raised up. This is called the peak of the wave. The
way the wave is outlined in the horizon is what gives it the name “concave
wave”. These types of waves are powerful enough and excellent to be ridden from
the left or right of the center part of the wave.

Convex Refractions –This
type of wave is formed when the swell meets a headland that has deep waters at
the floor of the ocean and the incoming wave will seem to move away from the
center as it heads to the shore line. Therefore, the wave will be more spread
out and seem like it is efocusing’ itself. Thus it gets the name “convex
wave” because of the center looks like the shape of a bowl. The wave will not be
as strong as concave waves but it will last for a longer period.

In order for a swell to
form a wave, there needs to be a break in the ocean to transform all that
energy into a big wave. There are a number of breaks that help in creating a

1. Beach Breaks

These are waves that break
over a sand bottom. The sand at the bottom of the ocean will usually shift from
time to time thus the waves formed at these breaks will neither be of the same
quality or the same shape but will always be changing. The sand banks can stay
in the same position for months or can change in just a number of days or
weeks. Because of these inconsistencies, the waves could be very powerful at
times and also short and very gentle in others. Because of these
characteristics, such beaches are good for new surfers to learn how to surf.

2. Reef Breaks

These are waves that break
over a rock or reef bottom. Therefore the waves formed at these locations are
always consistent throughout the year and will only depend on the energy of the
swell. Because of this consistency, the waves from these breaks are some of the
biggest and most powerful waves formed. But the biggest threat to any surfer is
not the wave itself but the coral reefs found below. Coral reefs are usually found
near the shallow parts of the ocean and are very near the surface and can thuscause serious injury to any surfer who is not careful. A cut
from these reefs can make a wound become infected if not treaded carefully.
Thus it is not best for new beginners to venture out and try them. Indonesia
has some of the biggest waves that break over reefs. These places are Teahupoo,
Cloudbreak and Pipeline.

3. Point Break

These are waves that break
on a part of the land that shoots out. They hit the stretch of land at a
perpendicular angle that causes the wave to break around and along the section
of the land instead of going directly around it. The waves that form from these
breaks are usually longer than those formed from beach and reef breaks. Epic
waves are formed when the swell comes from just the right direction and wraps
around these points. Point breaks are the best places for which intermediaries
can surf and to perfect their maneuvers and better their skills in surfing
because of how long and predictable the wave is. They will also help the surfer
to better predict the pace of the wave and read the movement of the wave.

4. River mouth Waves

Similar to beach break,
they are formed by rivers which deposit sand into sand bars that are already
well defined and with which the waves will peel in a neat fashion. They are
really rare and thus very wonderful to ride them.

Now when swells meet these
breaks they will form different waves that are dependent on a number of
conditions like the size and direction of the swell, the currents, the tides
and how strong the winds are. Out of these conditions different kinds of waves
are formed when they meet these breaks.

1. Closeouts.

These are waves that break
all at once instead of continuously peeling. They will create a lot of white water
and thus they cannot be relied upon when it comes to surfing because they have
no clean face.

2. Crumbly

They are produced by a
floor that has a gradual contour and therefore they are not hollow, fast or
very steep because they break gently. And since they are not powerful they tend
to be a bit mushy and are ideal for beginner surfers to try out.

3. Reforms

These are waves that will
break out and then die down again because they hit deep waters and then reform
again. These types of waves are only found in areas that have varying depths.
Advanced surfers usually leave the wave before it goes to deeper ends leaving
inexperienced surfers to continue with the reform.

4. Tubing

When swells in deeper
waters hit shallow waters, the waves formed become hollow and look more like
barrels which are also known as plunging waves. These types of waves are what
experienced surfers love to ride and beginner surfers should be far away from
them because of how dangerous they can get.

5. Double ups

These are formed by different
waves that will meet up and their peak and low points align together. When they
combine they form an extra powerful and a much larger wave. Because they are two
waves joining together, the hollow created by this massive wave is much bigger
and therefore become much more dangerous when they break. Even every
experienced surfers have a tough time trying to ride and tame such waves.

Now for a wave to be
considered a big wave, it has to be atleast 20 feet high. Boards for which the
surfer is going to ride the wave will usually vary in size depending on how
high and big the wave is going to be and the technique for which the surfer is
going to use when riding the wave. Longer, larger boards allow for faster
paddling and are more stable but they also limit maneuverability and the speed
for which the surfer is going to go with. But to even get close to such types
of big waves, surfers have to be towed to the wave by a jet ski so that they
can quickly reach the wave before it dies out.

Now, riding big waves is
very fantastic and offers a thrill that can only be gained by riding such
monstrosities. But with great reward there is an even greater risk involved and
big wave surfing has some really big risks attached to it.

In a wave wipeout, where
the surfer falls into the water mid wave surfing, the waves can push the surfer
20 to 50 feet below water. And in while still being pushed down the surfer will
be spinning around because of the current created by the wave. Now the surfer
would have about 20 seconds to regain their balance and decipher how to go up
before another wave comes and hits them.

The pressure at those
depths is strong enough to rapture anyone’s eardrums.

The currents that are created
by such waves can crush someone into reefs,
rocks or the bottom of the sea and get them seriously injured which may result
to even death.

The surfer can also be held
under water for long periods of time because by multiple consecutive currents
of the wave and surviving such currents is extremely difficult.

These risks are known to
have killed experienced and professional surfers like Mark Foo in 1994. Donnie
Solomon died a year later, Todd Chesser died in February 14th 1997
and Malik Joyeux died in December 2nd 2005. There have been a number
of other notable deaths and other experienced surfers but never went

So what got them killed?
Some it was just by bad luck and some it was by sheer human error. These are
some of the mistakes that some surfers make that lead them at times to trouble

1 Panicking

One of the biggest reasons
most people drown is actually believing that they will drown. This will
ultimately lead them to panicking a lot and use a lot of excessive energy and
thus ultimately the body will give in and let go. Yes it difficult to be calm
and stay in control but that is exactly every surfer in that situation ought to
be. So one of the best ways for which one can be able to maintain control is to
visualize other things and situations at that will distract them what is happening
around them. This will help in reducing
the levels of anxiety. This is what makes the best survive in such a situation
because they understand how important it is to harness their mental state.

2. Wishing of being

Big waves can be very terrifying
at first sight and therefore it will feel like it is too much to handle and the
best a surfer can do is to watch for a while until they are more confident to
venture out into the waves. Therefore
the surfer will have to fully understand what they are going to put themselves
through because this is a giant leap forward and that is going to be a very
scary feeling. And that is something that every surfer will have to go through
when facing such kind of big waves. They just need to have the passion and the
drive for it in order to be able to face it. But the best part is that in that
moment is when someone feels most alive.

3. Pulling Vests

Vests can become a life
saver when in such situations because they will automatically lift up a surfer
after falling from a wave. Safety vests can easily be pulled using a string
while the surfer is falling and this will help them save the energy while
underwater and the current is passing by. There are times though when the
current is so strong that the pull pad is shot inside the wetsuit but atleast
even is such situations a surfer will be able to get out alive. An example of
the benefits of wearing a vest was when Aaron Gold fell from a 12 foot wave and
ended up passing under water. Had he worn the vest that would not have been the
case. Waves that range from 12 feet to 30 feet can easily take someone’s life.

4. Not enough grasp

When riding waves, the most
important aspect is how stable a surfer is while riding the wave. When a surfer
is riding the wave, everything becomes amplified and thus the surfer has a
higher chance of even feeling the instability of a board. So if the board does
not have enough grasp, the surfer can and will easily fall off because now the
board feels very slippery and unstable. Therefore the board and the conditions
need to be right and comfortable or the consequences of falling off a board
could end up being drastic.

5. Not committed

The problem with some
surfers is not reading or completely assuming a big wave. There is a point in
which when riding a wave a surfer knows it is time to pull out of riding the
wave. Because you can either catch a big wave or the wave catches you. so even
before a surfer can head out at sea to catch a wave, they have to have a plan A
and plan B. Plan A is to make completely ride the wave and plan B is to pull
out of riding the wave because the wave can reach a point of no return. So the
surfer has to be 100% fully committed to know when to pull which trigger.

6. Losing confidence

The best a surfer can do is
having trust in the ability to survive a big wave. Because confidence makes
everything crystal clear. But if the surfer is to lose confidence even for a
few minutes, mistakes are bound to be made and the end result could end up
being catastrophic. There are so many factors that have to be considered when
riding a wave that there ought to be no time to start being in self doubt.
Therefore the surfer need to be confident enough to that the wave will ride
through but being conscience enough to know the best time to pull out of a wave
before things get out of control.

7. Being over confident

Now when a surfer is able
to handle a number of waves, there is a feeling of knowing that they can handle
any wave. But this could end up being a big mistake because even the best
surfers out there know the importance of gauging the environment for which the
wave forms. So if a surfer is new to a place, the best they can do is to first
and foremost watch the other surfers and know who they are, where they sit, how
they approach the wave to get to know the feel of the place. And when they
begin to surf, they first have to test the waters before they can dive in. so
respect nature and it will respect you.

So you have seen the risks
involved with surfing and the common mistakes made by surfers but there are
some things that you would need to know about surfing.

1. Some of the biggest
waves have been gone to height of over 80 feet high. But these measurements are
not scientifically accurate as they cannot be truly measured though it still
doesn’t mean it’s impossible to measure them.

2. The falls can feel like
being hit by a truck because of the impact and effects of the fall. Small waves
actually are harder to come out of because they will hold you down longer. You
will get disoriented because of the intense impact and your body will feel like
it is under a lot of pressure. And it will be very confusing to know if you are
doing somersaults or are upside down.

3. If it is to face big
waves you need not have fear because fear can easily grip you but also the
thrill of the ride is really amazing.

4. Jet skis are at times
needed to get to a big wave. This is because big waves can travel at high
speeds and therefore a jet ski will get you to a wave much faster that using
your own hands.

5. Big wave boards that
need to be towed are usually heavier and shorter and measure about 5ft, 11in
wide and 2in thick. They will weigh about 12kg so that they can remain afloat
in the sea water. Paddle boards are 10ft long, 22in wide and 4in thick for more

6. If you are to fall into
the water, you need to learn how to hold you breathe because wipeouts can last
for about 10 – 40 seconds.

7. If you want to try the
big wave, the best you can do is to get a mentor. They will help and guide you
to be better at surfing.

8. The sole way to ride
such a big wave is to go to one. Thus you need to know areas that are prone to
offer big waves.

9. The sensation of riding
a big wave is the best you can ever get. Because unlike other adrenaline rushed
sports, surfing big waves is very calming because of how fluid it is when
riding the waves and everything feels like it is in slow motion as you ride it.

The best places for which
you can get to surf big waves are experience are;

Australia: Western
Australia, Tasmania and South Wales

United States: California
and the Pacific Islands

Europe: England, France,
Ireland and Portugal

Latin America: Chile,
Mexico and Peru

Caribbean: Puerto Rico

Africa: South Africa

The greatest waves ever

1. Garret McNamara who rode
a 78 foot tall wave in Nazare, Portugal, one of the biggest waves ever to have
surfed. He was acknowledged in the Guinness book of records.

2. Carlos Burle who rode an
estimated 100 foot wave but it is yet to be confirmed. He also rode an 80 foot
wave while trying to save his friend Maya Gabeira who wanted to ride the
biggest wave a woman has ever ridden. She ended up in hospital because she
nearly drowned. But it was a 68 foot tall wave that led him to be awarded a
Wave Award that comes with a $50,000 reward plus a new Nissan SUV.

3. Shawn Dollar who rode a
61 foot tall wave in Cortes Bank, California.

For this and more information
about surfing big waves, watch The Big Swell, a documentary about surfing on
Stream Shift TV.