The 25 Best Adventure Photos of the Past 25 Years

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Laird Hamilton Conquers Jaws
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Laird Hamilton Conquers Jaws

The Shot: Laird Hamilton surfs Peʻahi, otherwise known as Jaws, on the north shore of Maui in Hawaii for the 2004 documentary Riding Giants.

The Photographer: Erik Aeder

The Full Story: After some early success directing and producing for television, pro skateboarder and surfer Stacy Peralta tasked himself with producing a documentary film that attempted to answer the question “Why do people choose to devote their lives to riding big waves?” The result, Riding Giants, traces the evolution of big-wave surfing through three men: Greg Noll, Jeff Clark, and Laird Hamilton, and is considered a breakthrough documentary for elevating public consciousness about the sport of big-wave surfing.

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