Gotta Watch: Hang ten!
Surfers gather at the Snake River to ride the waves.
November 10th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Hang ten!

Surfing is already considered an extreme sport, but these riders are taking it to a whole new level. Check out one surfer breaking the world record for riding the largest wave, and others who sought out some unusual surfing spots.

Surf’s way, way up – Surfer Garrett McNamara rode a behemoth wave that is believed to be 90 feet tall. He broke the world record for the largest wave ever ridden. He didn’t realize how big it was at the time, but he says, “by the grace of God I made it through." Watch this unbelievable swell.

River Riders – Land-locked surfers from the Northeast gather at the Snake River to ride the river-driven rapids. The advantage: you can ride for long periods of time, lay down for a break, and then get back up. But riding the rapids can be dangerous. See what can happen at three minutes into the video.

Wild goose chase – Canada geese go "surfing" on the Colorado River. This spot on the river was modified to create extra waves for kayakers, but this gaggle of geese took advantage of the opportunity!

Blizzard blast – These hardy riders aren't going to get a little blizzard get in the way of their waves. Watch these Minnesota surfers take a dip in the icy Lake Superior water.

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  1. Grothnar, Troll King

    First!!!! I claim this spot for trolls, troglodytes, and mongoloids everywhere! Unite!! Unite the clans!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawaiiduude

      Charlie don't surf!

      November 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charliedoessurf

      You forgot hydrocephalics

      November 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monk

      I am are an honest troll? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?!

      November 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Surf's way, way up. And so am I....

    November 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monk

      Just sayin man, i see you comment hell of a lot of places. So werd up man, keep it going

      November 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Surfing? Never tried it. Probably wind up killing myself...oh my.....SURFS UP!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hawaii Guy

    Real athletes use boogie boards...

    November 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lurker

    Funny that the surfer himself is the one who claims the world record and everyone in the media buys it without question. The judges of the annual XXL awards are the ones who decide whether there's a world record or not – and that won't happen til the spring. The current ACTUAL world record – recognized by Guinness – was set at the Cortes Bank off California. Maybe this wave will actually break the record, maybe it won't. But you gullible fools at CNN bought Garrett's chest pounding claim hook, line and sinker. Way to go, morons.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Not me at 12:03.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Aquatic life

    The mighty Dolphin and Porpois rule the waves. (google 'surfing dolphins' and be amazed) Even surfers in southern California know that the wise course of action is to 'hang ten' on the beach when these mighty mammals lay claim to the waves. They've been known to attack humans, just as humans fight over whose wave it is. To date, not one surfer has won a fight against mightier mammal over who actually owns the wave, unless that mighty mammal be of his own species.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Utah

      Okay. I get it. This is where you tell me that "locals rule", and that Yuppie insects like me shouldn't be surfing the break, right?

      November 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Aquatic life

    Who's? he he. And who gives a sh!t who posts mindless blab.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. StevensB

    True classification won't come until next spring at the XXL Awards ........ but G-Mac will be in the running .
    Surfing geese are pretty cool !!!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charliedoessurf

      Say it enough times and someone's bound to believe it

      November 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Freedom isn't free

    Wow! There's a lot of angry surf nazis on here today...

    November 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. manilaboy1vic

    Flat here today 🙁 Sunday looks good tho.. ill be at the beach nice and early 🙂

    November 10, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. liberaldooche

    OH GAWD IT'S GLOBAL WARMING, THE SKY IS FALLING, AGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. S-man

    90 feet. Phfft. I surf that or bigger every day. Cowabunga!

    November 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. speedro

    Wyoming and Idaho are in the Northeast? Wow, never knew that....

    November 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Johnny Utah

    Vaya con Dios, Brah

    November 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Let me tell you something. I was in this bureau while you were still popping zits on your funny face and jacking off to the lingerie section of the Sears catalog.

      November 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
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