Some surf photographers make a name for themselves shooting the A-list pros, but for Newport Beach's Robbie Crawford capturing unique angles is the primary motivator.
Witness the biggest waves and surfers' best moments from the Big Wave Hellmen series.
With Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina both out early at the Rip Curl Pro, Mick Fanning took full advantage, grabbing a win and moving the world title race to Pipeline.
The first swells of the season have started to bombard the North Shore of Oahu, and those lucky enough to be on the island have scored.
During a free surf session in Peniche, Portugal, 42-year-old Kelly Slater uses the offshore wind to his advantage and lands the first double rotation of his career.
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.