The Banzai Pipeline, or simply "Pipeline" or "Pipe," is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on O'ahu's North Shore. A reef break is an area in the ocean where waves start to break once they reach the shallows of a reef.
Ghost Tree. Pebble Beach, California Sharks, hidden boulders and frigid temperatures haunt the appropriately named Ghost Tree break in Northern California. When a giant swell arrives, waves reach up to 80 feet high and 20 feet wide. Carlos Burle at Ghost Tree. Photo: Greg Browning. WSL Cortes Bank. Cortes Bank, Calif.
In December 2017, Titans of Maverick, renamed the Mavericks Challenge, became part of World Surf League's Big Wave Tour. The Mavericks Challenge ran from January 3, 2018 through February 28, 2018. The list of big wave surfers competing can be found on the World Surf League web site.
Tasmanian photographer Stuart Gibson has captured some incredible footage of surfers tackling one of the most intimidating waves on the planet. Shipstern Bluff, off south-east coast of Tasmania, is considered challenging enough to ride for the likes of world champions Kelly Slater and Andy Irons. Photographing it isn’t easy either.
Dungeons, Cape Town, South Africa Now an official stop on the Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), Dungeons has long been a choice destination for big wave chargers. Besides hold-downs, frigid temperatures and daunting heights, the area is known for great white sharks that patrol nearby Seal Island looking for dinner.
Big wave surfing is a discipline within surfing in which experienced surfers paddle into or are towed onto waves which are at least 20 feet (6.2 m) high, on surf boards known as "guns" or towboards. Sizes of the board needed to successfully surf these waves vary by the size of the wave as well as the technique the surfer uses to reach the wave.