The 2017 Red Bull Heavy Water was the type of event that’s difficult to properly describe using words. With a punishing northwest swell bringing waves in excess of 15-feet to Ocean Beach, watching the world’s best male paddlers attempt to manage these conditions was nothing short of extraordinary. But like I said, words just don’t do it justice.

To give you a better sense of what it looked like out there, we gathered the most mind-boggling, eye-popping photos into one epic gallery. So quit reading this and get to flipping through photos of the craziest SUP race we’ve ever seen.


Full recap and results from the 2017 Red Bull Heavy Water.

Watch: Thrills and (lots) of Spills from the 2017 Red Bull Heavy Water.