From early days pioneering Waimea Bay and Pipeline, to breaking barriers at places like Jaws and Maverick's, surfers have been tempting fate in giant surf for well over 60 years.
In order to shoot big-wave surfing, one must have patience, solid forecasts, flexibility and cash on hand to travel on short notice to chase the world's largest waves.
After suffering some serious career setbacks, Grant "Twiggy" Baker refocused and forced his way to the top of the big-wave surfing game.
From Maui to Nazare, Half Moon Bay to Teahupoo, 2014 was a good year for big-wave surfing. Look no further than the winning waves for proof.
For 11 years and counting Ian Walsh has played host to the Menehune Mayhem kids' contest on Maui, and somehow it just keeps getting better.
As lineups everywhere around the world grow more impacted with surfers, some are looking as far south as Antarctica for a few empty waves.
Big-wave legend Laird Hamilton has deemed Maya Gabeira unfit to ride the wave that threw her in Portugal. Problem is, he didn't give viewers the full story
Big-wave surfing has reached a historic new level, but the equipment is still in developmental phases. Kala Alexander, Dave Wassel and Mark Healey break it down.
Two years after the "Code Red" day, Teahupoo once again captured everyone's attention as a large, sustained southern hemi swell drew some of the world's best big-wave surfers.
Big wave surfing legend, and Mt. Bachelor local, Gerry Lopez has created a course filled with wave-like features for a snowboard contest like nothing you've ever seen
On Dec. 21, 2012 Santa Cruz's Shawn Dollar rode what's been measured in at 61 feet -- enough for a new world record and the XXL Awards' "Biggest Wave" title.
From underground Maverick's charger to bonafide big-wave surf star, for Shawn Dollar success has come on his terms.
Shawn Dollar rides a world record 61-foot wave, Shane Dorian takes "Ride of the Year" honors at the 2013 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards.
From Ireland to Maui, Cortes Bank to Cloudbreak, the nominees for the 2013 Billabong XXL Awards have been announced, and they're nothing short of impressive.