It is this attitude that has made Sebastian Steudtner go far. At 16, he left his native city of Nuremberg to learn how to surf in Hawaii. At 19, he decided to become a big wave surfer. In 2010, he won the Big Wave Awards for the first time in the “Biggest Wave” category as the first and only German surfer to win such an honour. In 2015, he did it again. Now, he could win the prestigious award for a third time. Yet, Steudtner isn’t one to settle down; he has set his eyes on the next, the overarching target: the world record, which is currently held by his American colleague Garrett McNamara, who in 2013 rode a 24-meter-wave.