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.
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 chasing one swell from Maui to Northern California, Jason Murray finds what he's looking for in Mexico.
Gudauskas brothers, Jamie Mitchell, Dylan Graves, Maya Gabeira, and Rusty Long lead charge at Todos Santos in Mexico
Sion Milosky remembered at 2011 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards as XX wins Ride of the Year honors and XX takes Biggest Wave prize.
Jacob Trette and Sion Milosky serve as a reminder of the stakes as we prepare for the 2011 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards.
Big swells a big letdown for big-wave contests
With giant swell coming, could the Eddie, the Jay and Todos all run?
La Vaca Gigante IV big-wave event set to run in Spain on Monday.
Purple blob in the North Pacific talk of town in Internet land.
Talking big-wave boards with the master craftsman.
Tourists love Cabo San Lucas. Travelers love rural Baja.
Video recap from this weekend's Mexican big-wave fiesta.
Hawaiian nutcase rides away with final big-wave title of the winter.
Sizing up the final big-wave contest of the season.
Greg Long, Shane Dorian and an all-star cast head south of the border for yet another big-wave adventure.