big-wave surfboard

Type of surfboard designed for waves roughly 10 feet or larger, although "big- wave board" often refers to equipment used for huge outer-limits surf. Until the early 1990s brought the development of tow-in surfing—where the rider gets pulled into the wave from behind a personal watercraft—big-wave boards were essentially longer and more streamlined versions of regular surfboards. The finless hot curl design, invented in 1937, is sometimes noted as the first big-wave surfboard. Teenage surfer ...