What If You Tried to Surf a Tsunami?

What If You Tried to Surf a Tsunami?

There’s something approaching from the distance that you can’t stop. It can completely destroy cities and kill tens of thousands of people. It looks like another big wave at first, but as it gets closer, you can see it’s not just big. It’s HUGE! It’s a tsunami. You should probably run away from it, but instead, we’re going to surf it. Seriously? This can’t be good. Well, we better get started. The biggest wave that someone has surfed on was 24.4 meters tall (80 feet). Tsunamis can be around this height but for our purposes let’s go a little bigger and say ours is 30 meters tall (100 feet). But if you do want to surf on a tsunami – and we don’t recommend you do it , you’ll most likely have to travel to Japan or the Philippines. This is because they’re located in the Ring of Fire, an area in the Pacific Ocean where
tsunamis are most likely to occur. But wait, how do tsunamis occur anyways? Tsunamis are different from the usual waves caused by wind and tides. Tsunamis form due to volcanic activity, but most often after an
earthquake occurs in the ocean. If an earthquake happens in the sea that’s 6.5 or higher on the Richter scale, you can expect a tsunami to come heading for land. This massive wave will start deep in the ocean and build its way up to the coastline, quickly gaining speed and power. Experts say that a tsunami can move up to 800 km/h (497 mph) as it reaches the shore, so be prepared for a wave as fast a passenger jet. And although tsunamis start
as small bumps deep in the ocean, as they reach shallower water they become much more massive. So how would you surf on this thing? Let’s hope you have a friend
that’s just as daring as you. Because the wave is moving so fast, you’d need your friend to drive
up the wave on a jet ski while you hitch a ride on the back. If you manage to get to the top, you’ll quickly realize that this wave is completely different from any other wave you’ve surfed before. That’s because tsunami waves don’t break as opposed to regular waves created by wind. A breaking wave curves and cascades onto itself, making it the perfect wall for your surfboard. But generally speaking, a tsunami doesn’t have this quality. Apart from the massive size, and the incredible speed of the tsunami, surfing on it would be nearly impossible because there wouldn’t be much for your board to grip onto. But you’re up here now, so what do you do? Well, your best bet is to really only hold on for your
dear life and hope for the best. Let’s be real here; there’s no way you’re going to
be able to surf on this monster. You’ll quickly be hurled towards whatever
coast the tsunami decides to bring you to. And you probably won’t just land on the beach either. You could be several hundred meters or even kilometers inland. It could hurl you against the side of a bus, or into a building. And after the tsunami brings you there that won’t be all that happens. After it tosses you inland, the waves will pull you right back out into the ocean. Now it’s not only you in the tsunami. Other people, cars, and even entire parts of buildings
will all be forced into the ocean, causing even more destruction
as they slosh through the tsunami’s path. You may think it’s over now, but that isn’t the case. A tsunami isn’t just one massive wave; it’s multiple waves. A tsunami can last for up to an hour. With waves up to 30 meters (100 feet) continually hitting the coast while
destroying cities and killing people. So once you lose your surfboard, you’d be in the water with everything else, being pushed back and forth
from the coast and back out to the sea. You’d keep doing this until you inevitably drown or die from getting hit by debris. So although surfing a tsunami
would make for a pretty gnarly story, maybe we should stick to regular breakers for now. One person who might be a
contender to tame a tsunami would be legendary Big Wave Surfer Laird Hamilton. I gotta admit, I didn’t know much about big wave surfers
until I listened to his book “Liferider” on Audible. But he’s one of the icons of the sport, and you get a real insight into what goes on in the mind of
someone who’s not afraid to tackle enormous challenges. Audible is where so many
inspiring voices and compelling stories open listeners up to new
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slash What If to sign up, or text (WhatIf) to 500-500. Even if you were to try to surf a tsunami, and somehow survived, you could be pretty badly hurt and in a lot of pain. But what if you couldn’t feel pain? Then you could probably do it! But we’ll leave that story, for another, WHAT IF.

Antonio Breitenberg

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100 thoughts on “What If You Tried to Surf a Tsunami?

  1. RainBowPizzaOnSpace says:

    In other country they surf a wave.

    Here in Russia we surf a tsunami

  2. annam ganeshkarthik says:

    What if all the youngster's in the world stop breathing for 30 seconds everyday, will the level of oxygen on earth increases?

  3. m_m says:

    Just imagine those who died by being swallowed by a tsunami…

  4. A Breckenridge says:

    What if u eat a train ?

  5. Godzilla Boy88 says:


  6. Nicole Wafa says:

    Ummmm Philippines dont get tsunami tho

  7. tkn says:

    Imagine surfing the top of a Tsunami while its destroying a city, Its like a front row seat of the chaos.

  8. Elite Wraith says:

    If you could not feel pain you would still be injured

  9. Hokage Arriola says:

    I thought it was a gillete ad at first glance

  10. kristy davies says:

    hears about the tsunami’s in other places
    Me living in Australia: MUAHAHAHAHAHA

  11. t r i n i t y says:

    i think my clubpenguin would kill it, she can surf very well with her tricks 😳🙈

  12. Red Byte says:

    30 meters tall like nazareth waves?

  13. SweetCupcake10Gaming :3 says:

    Umm ok i was not expecting my country to be mentioned in this video… Hi Philippians

    Jk I know it's Filipinos not Philippians

  14. Sam Shx says:

    News: Tsunami is about to reach coast.
    Me: call my friends "get your surf boards ready".

  15. Angelo Ray Fabrig says:

    are you an idiot the philippines don't often get earthquakes in the sea -_-///

  16. Tech Gaming says:

    people who take safe countries for granted

  17. LA LA says:

    Your gonna die end of story

  18. Mugdho , says:

    Next time we are gonna see through the cyclone's eye

  19. JackFox Surfs says:


  20. Javier Pena says:

    Oh COME ON!!
    what if all women had bulldog faces… Don't think about it, don't sing about it, don't think about singing about it, JUST DO IT!!…. please. My second time requesting this.
    Javier RULES!!

  21. Dylan cole says:

    You would die.

  22. nutmeg says:

    did you know that you couldn’t surf a tsunami as it has no face

  23. Jason Whitehead says:

    Chuck norris would just punch thatwave back out to sea

  24. StOrM pUbG says:

    Next video:what if you fly a kite in a cyclone

  25. Yesha Patel says:

    I think about if a tsunam hit when I was at beach tand it give me anxiety. 😂

  26. DDsurprem says:

    Um I can't even swim🤡

  27. Luzty GT says:

    What if the NEW WORLD ORDER happenned

  28. I love sauce says:

    On no I'm Filipino 😭😭

  29. Kyren Lacaden says:


  30. shajeela elliyas says:

    Is this video about what is a tsunami

  31. Shakib Ishfaq says:

    Do we survive any of these 'what if' scenarios are?

  32. I don't know says:

    What if people started using umbrella in sandstorms??


  33. tyraverde j says:

    These videos can be addictive no joke

  34. Ervin Trgo RL18 says:

    Only one who can surf a tsunami is Scooby doo and thats a fact!

  35. Trang Võ says:

    Hey What If! Make What If IOS, Android and PC games will be deleted?

  36. SmiteMAster101 says:

    I think you would just drown actually

  37. Transit games says:

    What if we poured water on a Neutron star?

  38. I know I have a 5 head says:

    Welcome to my biggest fear

    Tsunamis by the way

  39. LIL zjgruby says:

    What Film 0:40

  40. Reign Drops says:

    I’ll be going down, down down down down down down

    To the ring of fireee

    It’s a burning flame

  41. Budderboy _Playz says:

    I’ll survive easy I’ll just drink a water breathing potion

  42. Blivys :D says:

    Lol the thumbnail isn’t a title wave

  43. Lina's_Creation says:

    The Video: What if you Tried to Surf a Tsunami?
    Me without watching the video yet: You'll die

  44. oof says:

    So this video is like promoting audible???? Right?

  45. Jaxx Grooves says:

    You didn’t really answer the question

  46. N-PabLiTo says:

    You die. That’s the end of it.

  47. The Booster says:

    What if humans could regrow limbs

  48. WADA dude GT says:

    Theres no tsunami in philippines

  49. NO_YOU_DONT_ KNOW_ME says:

    1:24 DUDE I LIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES!(but we don’t have tsunamis tho😐)

  50. Noori Saba says:

    Simple words
    What if: what if you surf a tsunami
    Me: let's pray to God for the people who attempt to try this💀💀☠☠

  51. tanner south says:

    NEXT VIDEO: What if we nuke a hurricane?!

  52. Experience Yoga says:

    Could you work on a video on what if Planck's constant becomes 1?

  53. purple midnight says:

    Imagin going on a airaplane to another contry and your home contury gets a tsunami

  54. Cosmickat Studios says:

    What if humans lay eggs

  55. Mymanpepe Sanchez says:

    If you tried then you have the biggest balls of metal

  56. Mymanpepe Sanchez says:

    Next video:what if a bee whent up ur butt hole

  57. Lauren Geary says:

    What if Jurassic park became real?

  58. naturallydr yo says:

    I absolutely love catastrophic films. Does anyone know the titles of the movies in the intro? Thanks.

  59. The Great Venzanity says:

    What about scuba diving under while there’s tsunami?

  60. brandon bilodeau says:

    What if you could hear 2.4 ghz

  61. gamer knife says:

    Did I just heard Philippines?? HECK YEEEAH

  62. Grim Coldzz says:

    I’m sorry I’m 12 and even I know surfing a tsunami would be a death ticket

  63. eliza wooden says:

    florida man: am i a joke to you?

  64. EL Dinamita says:

    You can bodyboard on a tsunami


    I'd probably be the dumbass that would lay on my body bord on the beach and try ride the tsunami and die.

  66. EbK Slimey_God says:

    Can we fry an egg in a volcano?

  67. WE NZ says:

    my brain in 3 am :

  68. JEFFRY SUSILO says:

    Everybody gone surfin' surfin U.S.A

  69. Le froq sportif says:

    It hard to watch because this is literally my biggest fear. Why do i think about this like everyday?

  70. Bir b says:

    Crackheads: So your challenging me?

  71. IT'S ME NENE says:

    Am i the only one who had anxiety by just watching the tsunami.

  72. DJC BROS says:

    Is it just me or the tsunami hitting the buildings feels satisfying?

  73. Ant Wan says:

    What if, what if died

  74. Xenomorph Queen says:

    Thank God South Africa doesn't experience tsunamis as well as the rest of Africa.

  75. davide ronchin says:

    Chuck Norris would surf it with closed eyes

  76. Mayya 2005 says:

    Tsunami or Txunamy ??🤔

  77. Roxii says:

    this gives me anxiety in a whole nother level😰

  78. Wanting Shen says:

    probably Mr beasts next video

  79. Evie N says:

    I have cymophobia (fear of waves) and my anxiety went “📈” really quickly😬

  80. Lala Papa says:

    What if you try to drink a tsunami

  81. gamer player55 says:

    What is these videos where realistic

  82. kaden jiron says:

    My friends dad surfed a hurricane and a tsunami

  83. Carlos Ortiz says:

    In a tsunami my goldfish will star flexing on me after all the times I took him out his bowl

  84. Edin Mehmedi says:

    I subbed and liked 👍🏼

  85. Curlie Hair says:

    ❤️❤️ So since Miami don’t know why

  86. Zoeee Mooreee says:

    at 3:19 i panicked 💀

  87. Jacob Gabriel Bolivar says:

    What if you surf a land slide

  88. Trandom 11 says:

    What if Tsunami tried to surf you

  89. Space Aaron says:

    Not alot of people says our country phillipines

  90. Dylan Wong says:

    My kyogre knows surf i have no worries

  91. cool santi jayden says:

    In the Philippines, we don't experience tsunami only Japan and Indonesia

  92. Supermia30 says:

    Answer: You would die!

  93. 1ronSights says:

    I hope you know tsunamis are only 5–10 feet tall..

  94. Smyth Gaming says:

    Im from the philiphines on mindanao luzon is not the safe part on philiphines

  95. AVENIEW GT says:

    What if megalodon still life

  96. OG Gaming says:

    what if I become a chicken will you eat my egg?

  97. Mr. Nugget says:

    Hvem er norske?🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴🇳🇴 kommmenter

  98. A's family Mankato says:

    Wait I know how to stop this

    LEts NuKE iT

    Yea it's one of the video the video name is what if we nuked a hurricane

  99. David Banda says:

    What if everyone smoked weed?

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