Grant "Twiggy" Baker had to rebound after losing a sponsor but found success in doubling down on big waves.
When it comes to big-wave surfing, you can forget fortune and glory. For guys like Ryan Hipwood, just making ends meet is a challenge.
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.
For Hawaii's Mark Healey, a spot on "Big Wave Hellmen" was more than a chance to chase surf; it was an opportunity to show what really makes him tick.
After earning himself a big wave world title earlier this year, Grant "Twiggy" Baker edged out Shane Dorian to win the "Big Wave Hellmen" Challenge.
Shane Dorian left the world tour to chase perfect surf. A decade after making that decision, he has no regrets.
After a 10-year stint on the ASP World Tour, Shane Dorian walked away from pro surfing to chase big waves in 2003. Today, at 42, he is one of the hardest chargers in the world.
Star of "Big Wave Hellmen" and one of the most accomplished surfers on the planet, Greg Long talks about paddling out at Cortes Bank and where life goes from here.
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.