The Big Wave Tour's Northern Hemisphere season will close February 28. When it does, one man will become a champion among a crowded field of surfers with the skills to take on the world's heaviest waves. The frontrunner -- current BWT No. 1 Makuakai Rothman (HAW) -- stopped by the Dawn Patrol show during the 2014 Billabong Pipe Masters to discuss the results that landed him the lead and launched him into the competitive spotlight.
Rothman had a standout performance at the Billabong Pico Alto event, earning a 9.40 in the Final to secure a victory. He went on to finish second in Spain's Punta Galea Challenge, where massive swell also created the canvas for submissions to the Big Wave Awards.
Read the recent interview about being an underdog and a dad.
Peruse Rothman's IG pics and catch him in deep dad-mode.
Catch Rothman and more chargers on what "Eddie Would Go" means to them.