Big Wave Surfing

"There's no good way of dropping into Jaws on an inner tube."

El Niño has already been extremely giving (or violent, depending upon how you look at it) to the Pacific coastlines this winter. But over the weekend a massive swell lit up every big wave spot from Hawaii to California to Mexico and everywhere in between.

With that, Jaws lit up, the Todos Santos Big Wave Challenge went down, and Waimea Bay was completely shut down. Get caught up on one of the most adrenaline-packed weekends in big wave surfing to ever go down.

Will Skudin may have just ridden the largest wave ever paddled in to at Nazare in Portugal. Now, Nazare has a history of spitting out some of the largest waves the planet has seen, so that's saying a lot. But take a look at the video and you might just agree. What do ya think?

Big wave spot Nazare in Portugal is not for the faint of heart. But it is apparently for playing the violin...

Teacher and surfer Nuno Santos tagged up with Garrett McNamara to get towed into a wave at Nazare while playing "Jingle Bells" on his violin. Who knew that we needed such an awesome thing done?

Tom Lowe enjoyed his first big wave session at Nazare in Portugal the other day, and he somehow walked away unscathed after being taken out by a jet ski. As you can see in the video, Lowe avoids the jet ski initially. But the ski gets taken out by the whitewater and eventually chases Lowe down. As Lowe tells, it basically ran him over and took out his legs.

Lowe was left without a scratch, but the same can't be said of his board...

Consider this an early Christmas present (for you, not for these surfers). History was made at the famed big wave spot Jaws (aka Pe'ahi) off the island of Maui earlier this December when they held the first-ever Pe'ahi Challenge. The first paddle-in surf contest at the treacherous Jaws, it certainly lived up to the hype. And when waves were pushing 60-foot, well you know there was bound to be a wipeouts compilation at some point.

On Sunday, December 6, 2015 history was made at Jaws (also known as Pe'ahi) on the Island of Maui. The first-ever paddle-in surf contest was held at Jaws in 40-60-foot faces for the first Pe'ahi Challenge. For many years Jaws was strictly a tow-in wave, but that's been changing over the last couple of winters.

With his victory, big wave charger Billy Kemper forever ties himself to Jaws and his uncanny ability to be in-tune with everything the spot can dish out. It was a historic day at Jaws that'll go day in big wave infamy. Check out some of the highlights below.

World champion skimboarder Brad Domke has been riding some of the biggest waves in the world without fins for a while now. But just recently he checked another terrifying location off the list while on a skimboard: Nazare.

But was it the scariest wave he's ever ridden on a skimboard? We give you the top 5 in the list below.

Brad Domke continues to do things on a skimboard that one should not be able to do on a skimboard. His latest trick, riding some big waves at Nazare—yes, that Nazare where Maya Gabeira nearly died. Brad Domke, you're scaring us. We fear what you'll do next...

Photo: Pedro Miranda

Almost exactly 2 years after nearly dying at big wave spot Nazare in Portugal, Maya Gabeira has gotten her redemption. The female big wave surfer has been working towards this moment endlessly and has finally found her way back into the lineup at Nazare. And even better, it's now a 2016 XXL Big Wave Awards Ride Of The Year entry.