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, a year later Greg Long returned 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.
It's game on in Northern California as Torrey Meister wins a unique rendition of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic and the Maverick's Invitational opens its waiting period.
Summer isn't over until you say it is. For Greg Long and a fortunate crew in Puerto Escondido, Mexico, the warm water and south swells just keep coming
A hardcore waterman in the purest sense, Rusty Long spends south swell season posted up in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. And life is good.
Thanks to a sizable south swell and some high-grade conditions, Greg Long and a heady crew score down at Mexico's Puerto Escondido.
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.
After a brutal wipeout at Cortes Bank almost took his life earlier this year, a reflective Greg Long has won the 2012/13 Big Wave World Title.