Stephan Figueiredo: after the sun comes rain

If you dream of surfing The Wedge in a classic day, you've got to be prepared for salt and pepper. In other words, don't wear a leash.

If there's a special wave in the world, then you can't miss The Wedge, at Newport Beach, California. It's the one we want, and the one we fear. But let's not talk about broken bones. Let's just dream.

And that was precisely what Stephan Figueiredo did. The relatively unknown pro surfer from Brazil had always dreamed of tasting the Newport beast. After one month in California, the swell was coming his way.

"I've wanted to surf this wave forever. Ever since I first saw a picture of it in a magazine. That huge triangle breaking. Knowing that it was right on the sand, dangerous," explains Figueiredo.

"But I've never had the opportunity. It's a fast wave. It's hard to read. That's what attracts me to it the most. That's why I want to surf this wave."

Top Stories

Umm Suqeim Beach, also known as Sunset Beach, is the home of surfing in Dubai. Here's why and how the Emirati surf break became a swell magnet in the region.

AllWaves is a new wave pool technology from Belgium that allows surfing on an artificial lake, thus bringing surfing experiences closer to enthusiasts and landlocked surfers.

Welcome to "The End of the Road," one of the nicknames for the Paris 2024 Olympic surfing venue, Teahupoo.

There is a big difference and many steps between prohibiting and allowing an action or behavior when one faces an extreme or hazardous situation.