Heavy Water

Go in search of the epicenter of summer soul and you'll eventually wind up at Hanalei Bay, in Kauai, Hawaii. Among this tight-knit community of surfers, the days revolve around the sun, the wind, and one of the most revered waves on the planet. "Hanalei Bay is a spiritual place," says local big-wave rider Titus Nihi Kinimaka.

"To some people, this life is a calling." In the pages that follow, we honor that calling with an exclusive portfolio of champions, icons, beauties, and young phenoms from the legendary Hanalei scene.

View Robert Maxwell's Hawaii surfers photo gallery.  

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