Surfing: Reef’s Shawn Dollar Paddles Into 61 Foot World Record Wave

shawn dollar cortes bank

In case you didn’t hear the wave heard ’round the world, let us turn it up a notch for ya. Our Reef sales rep – that’s right, our sales rep – just took the Billabong XXL Big Wave Award for surfing the biggest wave of the year. He also paddled into this 61-foot monster, earning the Pacifico Paddle Award and setting the new world record for the largest wave ever successfully paddled into.

Cortes Bank is located 100 miles off the coast of San Diego. Massive ocean swells break on the bank, and if you pay close attention to the weather patterns and can a way there, you can score some of the largest waves in the world. That’s just what Shawn did on December 21, 2012, when he paddled into this beast:

“That wave was the biggest, craziest ride I’ve ever had,” Dollar explained. ” To be a 100 miles out to see and to catch an open ocean swell that is 60′ + is unreal.  Everything came together for me and I’m so stoked that I had the opportunity to be there.  That ride was by far the longest most difficult wave I’ve ever surfed.  It was also the most rewarding ride of my life.”

Shawn Dollar XXL paddle wave
Congratulations, Shawn. Don’t spend it all in one place.

Check out our selection of Reef Men’s SandalsReef Women’s Sandals and Reef Kid’s Sandals, in stock at Tahoe Mountain Sports thanks to Mr. Dollar.

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