Surfing a never ending wave is like being stuck in a blender of fun

The barrel never ends, or at least that's what it feels like. When you think it's finally going to come crashing down, surfer Benji Brand goes through another water tunnel and keeps going and going. It's like a never ending wave where you can see everything spin around you and you never have to stop. » 7/30/14 9:59pm 7/30/14 9:59pm

Physicists Make Real-Life Tractor Beam From Plain Ol' Water

You don't need to be a beach bum to understand waves: they move objects along with them, pushing boats and swimmers to the shore. There's even a name for it, the Stokes drift model. But for the first time, physicists have figured out how to do the opposite, using waves to bring a floating object backward to the source » 4/09/14 11:00am 4/09/14 11:00am

This Mobile Sauna Will Warm You Up After Surfing A Snowy Beach

Surfing is a thrill but, depending on where and when you hit the waves, it can be cold. Really cold. Like, super cold. And there's only so much a wetsuit can do. So, in lieu of searching for an endless summer, this customized, completely mobile Surf Sauna is ready to warm you up once you emerge from the ocean. » 3/18/14 9:40am 3/18/14 9:40am

Getting hit by a 25-foot wave is like being inside a water tornado

When you get swallowed by the waves of the biggest sea monster in the world (also known as the wonderful ocean), there's not much you can do but protect your head and hope you know which way is up. It's like being trapped inside a water tornado. This footage, captured by pro surfer Mark Healey, shows the exact feeling… » 1/27/14 9:57pm 1/27/14 9:57pm

This Ship Makes Its Own Waves Inside to Remain Stable in Rough Seas

It can take a land lubber quite a while to get their sea legs, so MARINTEK (the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute), working with Norway’s Salt Ship Design, have created a boat that can actively cancel out the rolling motion of the ocean's waves. » 9/06/13 9:20am 9/06/13 9:20am

What Is Light, Anyway?

First you're taught that light is wave. Then you get a little older and your teacher explains that it's actually particles called photons. Wait, which is it then? Particles? Waves? Both? Neither? This video should help explain. » 2/20/13 7:07am 2/20/13 7:07am

Scientists Invent Levitation Method to Create More Effective Drugs

The demonstration in the video may seem like MAGIC! but it's real: scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are employing a levitation machine that uses sound waves to make liquids float and create "more effective pharmaceuticals with fewer side effects." » 9/13/12 12:16pm 9/13/12 12:16pm

Today's Transfixing Google Doodle Celebrates the Magic of Waves

Blame Google if you find yourself staring at your screen, unable to remember what you were about to search for on the Internet. Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 155th birthday of German physicist Heinrich Hertz whose experiments with electromagnetic waves paved the way for the radio—and everything wireless you've… » 2/22/12 9:44am 2/22/12 9:44am

Surfer Shreds Huge Waves With a Jet-Propelled Surfboard

Motorized surfboards are nothing new, but typically we just see some yutz puttering around a glassy lake on them. Bo-ring. But today, finally, their potential is being realized. Check out braver-than-you big wave guru Garrett McNamara using a WaveJet to tame some giant, unfriendly waves. » 12/06/11 10:10am 12/06/11 10:10am

How Not To Bodyboard

If you like seeing guys shred on boogie-boards, this video is not for you. If, on the other hand, you like seeing guys in wigs get absolutely pounded by some raw ocean energy, click play. Tee hee. » 11/20/11 6:51pm 11/20/11 6:51pm

Super Slow Motion Ocean Waves Look Like Delicious Gigantic Jell-O

The Phantom HD Gold, a camera that brings out the life in things by capturing it in super slow motion, was used to film the oh so lovely ocean. Everything takes on a different personality in slow motion: waves look like jello, whitecaps look like cocaine and surfers, well, surfers are always awesome. » 10/27/11 10:00am 10/27/11 10:00am

Surfing Bioluminescent Waves Looks Like a Beautiful Hallucination

The first time I saw waves light up in beautiful colors as they crashed onto the beach I thought someone had slipped me some acid. It's real, though. Bioluminescent phytoplankton cause this spectacular light show, and wow, someone's surfing it. » 10/05/11 1:50pm 10/05/11 1:50pm

The Guys Who Look Forward to Hurricanes

As you're buying plywood, calk, rations, and cowering in fear, some guys are wringing their hands in anticipation. Surfers. Hurricane season is what east coast surfers absolutely live for. » 8/27/11 6:53pm 8/27/11 6:53pm

Wavegarden Engineers the Perfect Wave

Traditional surf pools force large quantities of water over a hump to create their swells. Problem is, waves fall apart the further they travel, making for a less-than-gnarly curl. So the Wavegarden builds a better wave, mechanically. » 7/29/11 12:34pm 7/29/11 12:34pm

Would You Climb Into a Capsule To Escape a Tsunami?

A pair of former Boeing engineers are building an escape pod that would let people ride out the worst of a Tsunami inside a giant ball. The Tsunami capsules could hit the market in two years with a price tag as low as $1000. » 6/29/11 11:12pm 6/29/11 11:12pm

The World's Most Technologically Advanced Surfboard

This surfboard, developed by Pukas and Tecnalia, isn't just beautifully designed. It's also jam-packed with gadgetry. By stowing a gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS, compass, and more on board, it lets surfers measure everything from how fast they took the last wave to how vertical they got. Or in my case, just how hard… » 2/23/11 9:00pm 2/23/11 9:00pm

WaveJet's Motor-Powered, Paddle-Free Sufboard of the Future Launches in…

Wavejet, a low-powered motor system that fits into a traditional-sized surfboard and could change the way surfers catch waves (or at least how quickly), has exited the pipedream phase with a big launch in Orlando. Cue the purist moaning...now! » 1/09/11 5:00pm 1/09/11 5:00pm

How To Photograph Insane Waves

You may not have the guts to try it yourself—I certainly don't—but wave photography as it's done by Clark Little, surfer and photographer extraordinaire, is awe-inspiring. Check out our interview with him to read about his awesome techniques. » 6/12/10 9:00am 6/12/10 9:00am

Video: Surfing Huge Waves at Jaws In Canon 5d Mark II Slow Motion


Last week we saw some big wave activity in the Pacific. Some said the storms would develop some of the biggest waves in decades.* Here's some footage of nut jobs surfing said waves on Jaws, in Maui. » 12/17/09 2:59pm 12/17/09 2:59pm