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Mike Parsons surfs Cotez Banks

July 29, 2008

Well, we’ve done a trilogy of articles on surfing but here’s Mike Parston’s actually surfing Cortes Bank back in January – thanks to frompalmdale : by the way you don’t have to watch the whole 5 minutes unless you want to listen to Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Californication’ all the way to the end – it’s kinda cool – but I reckon Mike is surfing for about 1minute 10 seconds. However, imagine the buzz you get from surfing a wave of this magnitude – an extreme buzz you could say – well done Mike!

We have subsequently been advised that this is almost definitely NOT Cortes Bank as no-one wears just a spring suit at when surfing there as it only breaks during California’s winter months and no helicopter shots have been taken of Cortes Bank as it is too far out. The wave is more likely to be Peahi (Jaws) in Maui…

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3 comments

  1. […] The Ergophobia Blog wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt Well, we’ve done a trilogy of articles on surfing but here’s Mike Parston’s actually surfing Cortes Bank back in January – thanks to frompalmdale : by the way you don’t have to watch the whole 5 minutes unless you want to listen to Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Californication’ all the way to the end – it’s kinda cool – but I reckon Mike is surfing for about 1minute 10 seconds. However, imagine the buzz you get from surfing a wave of this magnitude – an extreme buzz you could say – well done Mike! […]


  2. This is one of the most popular big wave video on Youtube. However, no one has ever had it right as far as naming the surfer or the place. Some even go as far as to say it is a fake.

    Well, this is indeed Mile Parsons. But is it at Cortez Bank? Definitely not! Why? First of all, no one wears just a spring suit at Cortez Bank which breaks during the cold California winter months. And has any session at Cortez Bank been filmed by helipcoter so far? Not as I’ve heard of. It would require going there with a boat big enough to carry a helipad.

    And finally, it breaks more like Peahi (Jaws) in Maui where helicopter shots are very common, and where surfers don’t have to wear full-suits, and therefore never do.


    • Always nice to be corrected. Thanks a lot.



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