Hawaii’s Pipeline is the wave by which all others waves are measured. It’s statistically the deadliest wave on earth and reputably the most intimidating. Pipeline is one-of-a-kind, but just barely.

Mexico’s Puerto Escondido is nicknamed the Mexi-Pipe and for good reason. The wave throws with more intensity than an actual grenade. It has stolen the lives of many dedicated watermen. It’s a volatile, sometimes unpredictable sandbar and most big wave pros will tell you it’s more challenging than Pipe.

On July 5 and 6, the swell of the year smashed right into Puerto and Red Bull was there to capture it.