In order to film the best big-wave riders in the world slide down monster swells, you have to have flexibility, bravado, a big budget and a little bit of insanity.
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.
Hard-traveling surf photographer Chris Burkard puts 10 years on the road into one book. His latest release, "Distant Shores," will take you to some of the world's most far-flung wave zones.
Hours after the birth of his daughter Hawaii's Makua Rothman jumped on a plane to Peru to compete in heavy 30-foot surf. Inspired, he came away with the biggest win of his career.
Winning the Emmy for Best Sports Documentary Series, "Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau" and ESPN's "30 For 30" ride wave of success.
After suffering some serious career setbacks, Grant "Twiggy" Baker refocused and forced his way to the top of the big-wave surfing game.
It was yet another epic year of surf celebrated at the annual XXL Global Big Wave Awards, and stealing the show was none other than Greg Long and Grant Baker.
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.
The ASP announce they will take ownership of XXL Global Big Wave Awards.
With the biggest result of his career, Alex Gray has won the fifth stop of the 2014 Big Wave World Tour, the Dive N' Surf Oregon Pro at Nelscott Reef.
"Hell and High Water," an upcoming ABC adventure series detailing the pursuit of riding the world's biggest waves, is an opportunity producer Paul Taublieb has been preparing for all his life.
Over the last few weeks, every big-wave spot from Hawaii to California saw some of the best swells in recent memory, and some lucky surfers found the right spots.
After nearly drowning at Cortes Bank, an infamous big-wave break 100 miles off the California coast, Greg Long returned a year later to ride flawless 20-foot waves.
After starting the week surfing Jaws on Maui, then rushing Maverick's on the West Coast, Greg Long capped a 96-hour big-wave adventure with a purposeful session at Cortes Bank.
Putting in a dominant performance at the Northern California big-wave spot, Grant "Twiggy" Baker claims his second Maverick's Invitational title.
With 40-foot surf in the forecast for Jan. 24, the Maverick's Invitational will be off the charts, and the warm up sessions aren't too bad either.