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A Big Wave Surfing History

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Ken Bradshaw, Outer Log Cabins

Photograph By Tom Servais

At approximately 10 a.m. on Jan. 28, 1998, Ken Bradshaw was towed into an 85-foot wave at Outer Log Cabins on the north shore of Oahu. At the time it was the biggest wave anybody had ever ridden, and even today, more than 15 years later, it's still a beast. Tow surfing was still new and barriers were being smashed left and right, but Bradshaw's wave, which caught him and the other tow teams off guard, forced the collective surf world to ponder what was possible.