Ken Bradshaw

Stories about Ken and Big Wave Surfing

  • Comments From Layne Beachley
    Comments about Ken from the 7x Surfing World Champion

  • A Farewell to Arms
    The progression of tow surfing has been long and slow, beginning in the early '70s and only gaining widespread acceptance in the mid-'90s.

  • Besting The Behemoths
    For the world's premier big-wave surfer, staying on top is all in the training.

  • Condition Black
    Condition Black is the official Hawaiian Civil Defense alert that declares the ocean off limits to everyone. When conditions are black, the ocean is in full roar and tourists and watermen stand side by side in slack-jawed respect.

  • The Knockout Punch
    Twenty years of preparation pay off for Ken Bradshaw as he nails a bottom turn on a solid 35-foot-plus wave at Outer Log Cabins, Oahu, January 28, 1998.

  • Slaying The Giant
    It's a legend now. Surfers call it "Big Wednesday." The day last winter when Ken Bradshaw took on the biggest wave ever ridden on the North Shore.

  • Bradshaw Goes From Houston to Surfing Glory
    During the past 25 years, the Texan turned Hawaiian has been acknowledged as one of the premier big-wave surfers. Now, he is numero uno, the rider of the largest wave in the world.

  • Drive Time
    On January 28, 1998, the day Oahu's outer reefs played host to 35-foot-plus surf, Ken Bradshaw selected a board he'd made over a year before.