It is a pilgrimage like no other, offering equal parts gore and glory. An island that's as hostile as it is holy. A beachfront where the potential is envisioned, the consequences are real, and the bravest, most bewildering acts on boards of all shapes and sizes manifest in the most pressurized environment imaginable. It's the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. And for at least six weeks every winter, there's no place like it on Earth.