On the final day of the contest's waiting period, a healthy 10-foot swell at Sydney's Cape Solander kicked the Red Bull Cape Fear event into overdrive for 16 of the world's most talented, big-wave surfers.
When Hurricane Marie formed off the coast of Mexico and tracked into Southern California's swell window surfers knew the waves were going to be big, but what happened in Malibu was unprecedented.
The surf for the ASP World Tour's Billabong Pro Tahiti was expected to be massive. And indeed it was. Here are the highlights of the world's best surfers in epic conditions.
Posted up at the "End of the Road" in Tahiti for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the surf's turned on, and some of the world's best surfers are shining brightest without a jersey on.
Sure the surf at Teahupoo was perfect for Rounds 1 and 2 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but there was no shortage of epic wipeouts, either.