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Pororoca the world's longest wave


Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

Pororoca: the taker of lives and breaker of dreams.

Soon my little friend soon. Well a March/April in the near future. I have to go soon as the “Pororoca is no longer a secret spoken about in hushed tones by the elite few that have only heard of it by word of mouth. It seems that with the proliferation of information and easy travel everyone is jumping on the band wagon and soon it will be another theme park experience. In preperation I have been spending hours surfing the Web, XBox game thumbing and walking along the Thames at low tide.The “Pororoca.”In the local tongue the name means “huge noise” and “killer” at the same time. The Pororoca is born of the conflict between the great Amazon River and the unalterable surge of the Atlantic Ocean itself. The destructive power it brings with it to this already harsh environment is chilling. It is truly a monster: the taker of lives and breaker of dreams.

From Wiki:
The pororoca is a tidal bore up to 4 meters high that travels upstream the Amazon River. Its name comes from the indigenous Tupi language, where it translates into "great destructive noise". It occurs at the mouth of the river where river water meets the Atlantic Ocean. The phenomenon is best seen in February and March, where waves up to 4 meters rolling for up to 35 minutes have been observed.The wave has become popular with surfers. Since 1999, an annual championship has been held in São Domingos do Capim. However, surfing the Pororoca is especially dangerous, as the water contains numerous deadly animals, such as the piranha and the candiru.

Read more at http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=29&art_id=qw1077350222339B241

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