Stephen Thrasher, Comet Smasher

Tanker Surfing

Monday, September 04, 2006 by Stephen

Tanker wake approaches guy on surfboard

Mark took Ray and me out to the Galveston Bay to try out tanker surfing. This was the first time—the test run—so Ray kept trying until he succeeded since he owned the surfboard and had the most experience surfing. Mark and I will get to try next time.

The keys to tanker surfing are:

  • Get in a long stretch of shallow water next to a busy shipping channel.
  • Wait for a well-laden super tanker.
  • Catch a wave on the inside edge of the wake.
  • Be aware that the wake moves in the same direction as the ship as you figure out where to go to get in front of it.

We went here, but this looks good, too.


At Sep 5, 2006, 1:03:00 PM, Blogger Adam said...

That's pretty incredible. Seems like a lot of work for a wave though. I'm glad you found a hobby.

At Sep 5, 2006, 11:24:00 PM, Blogger stephen said...

I don't know if I'd call one time a hobby. It might be a while until we get back out.

One key I forgot was to go at low tide. You risk running the boat aground, though, especially if you ride over the wake wave. Be careful.


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