Peaking: Jamie Sterling

Follow Jamie for 72 hours leading up to, during and after the 2013 GoPro Mavericks Invitational.

The word 'challenge' doesn't quite cover what it is to surf Mavericks. Out there in the cold juice of Half Moon Bay in Northern California, taking on a crushing black mountain that wants to put you down deep. Jamie Sterling gets his thrills from places like that. He recently competed in the GoPro Mavericks Invitational, held in a swell that was questionable as far as contestability goes. Regardless, the butterflies came swooping and the boat ride out always means a quickened pulse, no matter what. "Peaking" puts you right next to the former Big Wave World Champion as he experiences Mavericks and the range of emotion that comes with competing at a big wave event.

"Peaking - A Big Wave Surfer's Perspective" is a new, six-part original series from RedBull.com/Surfing that will feature six different athletes at six different waves and document the intense 72-hour window around major swell events. The series is meant to paint a very stripped down, very honest portrait of who these athletes are and the emotions they go through as they prepare to do the extraordinary.