The reign of Maui's Jaws as the biggest, baddest break in the big wave world continued as yet another groundbreaking January day changed big wave surfing one more time, producing four out of five nominees for the XXL title. A new Guinness Book world record was set with the announcement of tow-surfing pioneer Pete Cabrinha's successful ride of a left-breaking Pe'ahi wave measuring an incredible 70 feet on the face - worth a cool $70,000 in cash.
2004 marked the launch of the Monster Tube category, with Tahitian Malik Joyeux deservedly winning with a mindbending barrel at his home break of Teahupoo. Maverick's brought Monster Paddle bragging rights to California thanks to a late, great Zach Wormhoudt drop while young Greg Long made his first of many trips to the XXL podium to collect Best Performance honors.
Winning photo - Erik Aeder