Surfing a bore

Posted: August 20, 2007 in Uncategorized
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Is surfing a bore? Not when you are surfing a bore. Here is a clip of some guys surfing the Amazonian Pororoca, which I assume is Portuguese for Bore.

The longest waves ever surfed was the Amazonian Pororoca in 2006 by Serginho Laus where he covered a distance of 10km without proning or touching his board (approx 6 miles).
There are reports that Steve King did a longer distance on the River Severn in April 2006 ,at over 7 miles. Back in the early sixties I met some guys down in St Ives, Cornwall and they were telling us how they had surfed the Severn Bore. They got a lot of media attention for that time, local newspapers, surfer magazines, etc. We met up with them a year or so later and asked if they were still surfing the bore, and they said they had passed on it because so many people were doing it now that as the river narrowed more and more surfers were wiping out on the banks. Over and above that you have the bridges to contend with, it’s not that they are low, it the water is high.

  1. Charlie says:

    Pororoca is a native word that roughly translates to “great destructive noise”. Check out my blog for more info!

  2. Sabrina says:

    Steve King’s ride was sensationalised by the newspapers and later rejected by the BSA and Guiness since the actual distance he rode was controversial and probably not as far as Sergio Laus’ official world record which still stands.

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