Surfers make a big splash in these nominees for “Wipeout of the Year” YouTube Screenshot

Surfing is one of those things that comes naturally to some, while it just doesn’t come at all to others. It’s a sport that requires a vast amount of strength, as well as tremendous balance.

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The biggest names in the sport ride waves taller than some buildings, while making it look like it’s no big deal. But every once in a while, even the best of the best bite it. Wipeouts are just part of surfing, some of them can even cause serious damage. Apparently the World Surf League offers up recognition for the “Wipeout of the Year,” with this years nominees highlighted in this video compilation.

After seeing some of these wipeouts, our respect for these athletes has increased tremendously. Just the thought of riding a massive wave and crashing into the water at a high rate of speed sounds nowhere near appealing, but mad props to the fellas that do it.

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