Jaws: windsurfers take over | Photo: JP

Jaws is one of the most dangerous big wave spots in the world. The iconic Peahi surf break is usually controlled by a committed crew of surfers but, in January 2015, a handful of windsurfers stormed the liquid giants.

You've got to be one of the most experienced wave windsurfers in the world to accept the Jaws challenge. This wave will not wait for you; these moving mountains will not spare your bones and gear.

Sails are not a dominating force in the Jaws line-up, but things are slowly changing. The first big swell of the year brought fresh new moves and attitudes to the Hawaiian arena. Riders in shortboards were impressed.

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Dorian van Rijsselberge: from Miami to Abu Dhabi | Photo: US Sailing

Dorian van Rijsselberghe and Bryony Shaw triumphed at the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, in Florida.

The Dutch windsurfer held a ten-point lead over Thomas Goyard going into the Medal Race, but a late surge from the Frenchman saw van Rijsselberghe edge it by two points only.

"I had a poor performance in the Medal Race. I'm not super happy with how it went but I did just enough to win. I was lucky because I had enough places already for me to keep in the lead," explained van Rijsselberghe.

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Finn Mullen: slightly pitted at Mullaghmore Head

There's an old question in windsurfing: can windsurfers get barreled? Technically and theoretically, they can. However, the quest has been treacherous and dangerous.

Getting barreled in surfing requires training and wave riding experience. Basically, you can get barreled in waist-high waves. That's it. The problem with windsurfing and barrels is a bit more complex.

First of all, for a windsurfer to get pitted, he/she will need a big wide wave. There's not much secret to it. You simply need a hollow wave that will cover up your mast and sail.

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