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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.

The world's greatest surf may have just built the world's greatest man-made wave. Kelly Slater, 11x world champion, has just dropped a brand new video with his company, Kelly Slater Wave Company, that shows him surfing the wave his company built.

He speaks a bit about it in the video, but ver few details are given. It essentially looks like a set-up like the WaveGarden, but is much bigger and much hollower. He states that it's the greatest man-made wave ever, and from the looks of the barrels he's getting, it very well may be.

Stay tuned for more on this, but this changes the surf realm forever—which Kelly has continuously done for a while.

Martin "McFly" Winkler is a pro skier from Austria, but he also loves to surf. So he decided to combine the two a bit by taking an old surfboard for some deep powder runs, and it looks fun as all hell! Now that winter is here, we're surely gonna be trying this one out soon!

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.

Wakeskater Brian Grubb has tackled everything from icebergs to the Erie Canal to the Eighth Wonder of the World. So when we tell you he just wakeskated the Ancient Cleopatra Pool in Hierapolis, Denizli you really shouldn't be all that surprised—except when you watch it and realize he yet again has outdone himself.

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

For East Coast surfers, fall is what we put up with the week, and even month-long, flat spells of summer for. The thrill of seeing storm systems spin off the West Coast of Africa and trying to make predictions of where it will go and where the spot will be. Plus, the water is still balmy before the freeze of the Atlantic winter sets in.

We've had a good run on the East Coast already, and we hope everyone has been getting some of their own. Check out some highlights below, and send in your photos and videos of how you scored this fall on the East Coast to Network A Submit.

Thumbnail photo: Tad Mask / @TadMask

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.