© 2016 Robert OToole | Jamie Mitchell from Australia catching a wave during the contest with another contestant scrambling to get out of the way and make it up and over the wave. Sigma 150-600 sports lens, 1/1600 s. f/8 at 270mm, ISO 320, manual mode, Nikon D810. 

The wave at this location breaks on a shallow reef with a deep water channel running alongside it. This channel makes a safe spot for a boat that is really close to the action. It looks a little sketchy since the wave looks so close but when done properly it actually is safe.