While I might not be a surfer, I sure do love waves. And I am loving this footage of the incredible waves at Banzai pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. These beautiful and unique movies were shot by Eric Sherman who used a flying drone to get the unique aerial perspective. Usually, all we ever get to see are surfers flying down the face of the wave. In these shots you can see the entire life cycle of the wave from curl to crash.
Each winter, atmospheric storms in the North Pacific churn the ocean sending huge waves southward. When these energetic waves reach the shallow reefs of Oahu’s North Shore, they steepen so fast that wave crest over takes the wave trough creating the beautiful curls seen in the video above. Oceanographers can even predict when these waves occur, combining theoretical surface wave physics and atmospheric data to create the NOAA WaveWatch II Model. Wavewatch was originally developed for ships traversing the oceans. Surfers have also adopted this technology, but instead of avoiding these waves, they actively hunt them out. Because when science can help surfers find that truly perfect wave, it sure is a beautiful thing.