Hawaiian-Jewish surfing star Makua Rothman appears once again to have ridden the largest recorded wave in the history of the sport, estimated at 100 feet tall.
This took place Saturday at the Jaws surf break on the north shore of the island of Maui in Hawaii. Rothman, 36, first achieved surfing fame for riding a 66-foot tall wave at that spot in 2002.
Rothman has a Jewish father and a Hawaiian mother and comes from Kahuku, Hawaii. Judaism was not a significant part of his life as a child, but he told the San Diego Jewish World in 2009 that he was drawing closer to the faith.
“God is the ocean. God is the air. God is the sun… Every time I’m out there I give thanks,” he said.
He also said that he is friends with Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz, an early Jewish pioneer of the sport who helped popularize it in Israel. Paskowitz brought a young Rothman to Israel for a surfing event that brought Jewish and Arab Israelis together on the waves.
Rothman, who first got on a board when he was 2, has been considered one of the best surfers in the world since he was a teenager. He also is a professional musician who has toured with Matisyahu and the Wailers, Bob Marley’s former backing band.