For big-wave surfers, there's no greater thrill than looking at a wall of water and saying, "Yeah, I can ride that."

But make no mistake: Wading into the world's biggest surf spots requires decades of experience, nerves of steel, and accepting the very real possibility that your next wave could very well be your last if you're not careful.

These 10 surfing hotspots are arguably the craziest—and deadliest—places on the planet to catch a wave. If you're an expert wave rider, add a few of these to your bucket list. Just want to see some epic photos of monster waves and/or one of the ocean's apex predators? That's cool, too.