The intense life of big wave surfers

April 1, 2013 | Surfing
Big wave surfing: a regular day at the office

"Peaking - A Big Wave Surfer's Perspective" is a new, six-part original series featuring six different athletes at six different waves and document the intense 72-hour window around major swell events.

The first episode features former Big Wave World Champion, Jamie Sterling, at the 2013 Mavericks Invitational.

The word "challenge" doesn't quite cover what it is to surf Mavericks. Out there in the cold juice of Half Moon Bay in Northern California, taking on a crushing black mountain that wants to put you down deep.

Jamie Sterling gets his thrills from places like that. He recently competed in the Mavericks Invitational, held in a swell that was questionable as far as contestability goes.

Regardless, the butterflies came swooping and the boat ride out always means a quickened pulse, no matter what. "Peaking" puts you right next to the former Big Wave World Champion as he experiences Mavericks and the range of emotion that comes with competing at a big wave event.

"Peaking - A Big Wave Surfer's Perspective" series aims to paint a very stripped down, very honest portrait of who these athletes are and the emotions they go through as they prepare to do the extraordinary surfing stunts.

Also, discover the best big wave surfers of all time.

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