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Historic swells crushed the Fiji shoreline in 2012 as the big wave surfers did everything they could to get in the way.     Photo: Fred Pompermayer

Fiji's Biggest Wave

A swell for the history books

I had been monitoring the swells in Fiji for a few years, when, in June 2012, the conditions aligned and I could tell the waves were going to be massive. The swell built during the day and the wind dropped, then switched offshore.

It was a lucky day for the big wave surfers who'd come from all over the world and rode the best conditions Cloudbreak had ever seen. I was fortunate to score a jet ski and was able to position myself in the best spot to capture Reef McIntosh as he stormed through a gigantic barrel.

TOOLS: Canon 1D Mark III, 70-200mm f/4L, 1/1000 second, f/4. ISO 320

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