Eddie Aikau is a Hawaiian surfing legend who rode (very) big waves in Hawaii. An event is held every year in his memory. The cool thing about this event is that it only happens when the wave measures a minimum of 20-foot from crest to trough.
Wipeout from the Event © Quiksilver/eddie
If you have the bandwidth, download this video of the wipeouts(right click save target as) it has the highlights from the event, it is really cool. More information about the event here.