In an effort to formalize the methods by which wave heights are determined for the Red Bull Big Wave Awards -- the XXL category specifically -- researchers at the World Surf League's WaveCo are collaborating with researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego in La Jolla and the University of Southern California, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in Los Angeles.

How Science Determines Who Surfed The Biggest Wave
Precise scientific calculations were used to decide which woman surfed the biggest wave of 2020 -- Maya Gabeira or Justine Dupont.

The first phase of this collaboration has involved bringing some basic scientific methods of image analysis to help discern the winner of the 2020 Women's cbdMD XXL Biggest Wave Award.

To view the complete analysis, please click here to read the final report.

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