Some 150km off San Diego is a 20km long underwater mountain range known as the Cortes Bank. Treacherous for shipping, but in prime place to create mountainous surf, the Cortes Bank became the focus in the search for the 100 foot wave.
Big wave legends like Mike Parsons and Brad Gerlach came close, and although it produced surf in the giant range the magic one hundred footer has not be ridden yet.
Logistics mean that it is rarely ridden. The wind needs to be totally calm and it’s an overnight trip on a boat to get there. But get it just right, with no wind and it has the potential to break all records for the biggest wave ever ridden.