5. Ship Stern Bluff -- Tasman National Park, Australia
If you want to talk about a freaky, heavy, "WTF-was-that?!"-type wave, look no further than Tasmania’s Ship Stern Bluff. About 1,000mi from Antarctica, this frigid break is accessible by boat or after a 45min walk through the Australian bush. The wave itself breaks into huge chunks that punch out of the barrel like Poseidon’s fist as they slam directly into the granite cliffs. How about that for a visual? Oh yeah, and there’re also great whites swimming all over the place.
Wave Watch: Here's something to help you realize how big this bad boy is, from 0:20.