This is the reason why surfing will make its debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
With waves like these, Japan proves it has what it takes to surprise surfers from all corners of the globe.
On October 23, 2017, Typhoon Lan, also known as Typhoon Paolo, hit Sendai, a coastal city located in the Tohoku region.
Local riders were blessed with perfect 15-to-20-foot barrels exploding in front of rocky cliffs. Despite some closeout bombs, and few scary wipeouts, the session was worth it, and no one got hurt.
Watch how Kan Watanabe, Takayuki Ishizaki, and Keito Matsuoka deal with pressure when the triangular rice balls approach in the horizon.