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.
What happens when a south swell and the world's biggest stand-up paddle event collide? Absolute chaos. Check out highlights from the 2014 Battle of the Paddle.
The North Pacific big-wave season officially got underway this weekend as Mavericks roared to life with 20-foot sets and plenty of would-be heroes willing to tempt fate.