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.
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.
From dishwasher to prodigal talent in anything from two feet to 20, Maui's Matt Meola is making a lot of moves these days.
With a massive south swell hitting Fiji, Olympic ski icon Julia Mancuso tempts fate in thundering Cloudbreak.
The ASP World Title scenarios are here, and going into the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal it's Medina's to lose, but Slater, Fanning, Parkinson and Florence still have a chance.
For Hawaii's Mark Healey, a spot on "Big Wave Hellmen" was more than a chance to chase surf; it was an opportunity to show what really makes him tick.