Even for the most skilled surfers, Teahupo'o presents an otherworldly challenge.

The village, on the southwest coast of the Pacific Island of Tahiti, is known for its gigantic waves that can span anywhere from seven to 21 feet tall. The waves are so humongous, in fact, that they are sometimes referred to as the heaviest in the world.

If that doesn't sound imposing enough, Teahupo'o roughly translates to "place of skulls" in English.

Recently a group of elite surfers, including Raimana Van Bastolaer, Maya Gabeira and Carlos Burle, tried their luck at the dangerous waters. The resulting rides are equally amazing and breathtaking.

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