Making the call to pull the trigger on running modern big wave surf contests with A-grade webcast infrastructure is unbelievably difficult and stressful because the wheels have to start moving long before you can be totally certain of how big the swell will be and exactly when it will arrive. (We at the Big Wave Tour live with this anxiety intimately and almost daily.) But even if Waimea Bay didn’t have a full day of XXL waves last week, it did have some proper bombs. And in that situation, Luke Shepardson Would Go. Photo by John Weaver/Freesurf Magazine.