Arms outstretched and perfectly poised, a tiny figure rides a wave as tall as a five-storey building.
Surf hero Jay Moriarity took on the might of the Pacific... and won.
His feat him famous. But just a few years later Jay was dead after drowning off the Maldives.
Today the unforgettable ride, nicknamed the Iron Cross, is how he is best remembered.
But that could soon change with the release this year of a Hollywood film about his short but inspirational life.
Filming has just finished Of Men And Mavericks, starring Gerard Butler, around the boardwalks and beaches of Santa Cruz, the Californian surfers’ paradise where Jay is worshipped.
Thousands gather there for an annual paddleboard race in his memory while the most popular bumper sticker on cars cruising its streets is the slogan he inspired: “Live Like Jay!” That photo is posted everywhere.
It’s a legacy that has been fiercely protected by Jay’s widow Kim, who married him less than a year before his death in 2001.
She has always turned away film producers... until now.
“I went through hard times and I wanted to make sure I was in the right frame of mind to look out for Jay’s interests,” she has said.
“In many ways he never did leave us, he’s still here. He’s watching over us, I’m sure about that.
“I’m sure that he has been looking down on this movie and he’s taken a big hand in it from the beginning.”
Stand up paddle boarders are pushing the sport to new levels in big surf. Here’s Kala Alexander paying his dues and reaping the rewards at Waimea Bay. Photos courtesy
She was the New Jersey rocker’s high school sweetheart, and nothing has changed for Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea.
The couple looked as happy as ever as they continue to enjoy a vacation on the island of St.Barts with their children.
Yesterday, mother-of-four Dorothea showed off her trim beach body in a black one-piece swimsuit.
The black scoop plunging swimsuit with drawstring front and halter neck, highlighted the 49-year-old's flat stomach.
The brunette then revealed a low back detail as she sat in the sand with her two sons Jacob Hurley, nine, and Romeo Jon, seven.
When the Bon Jovi frontman wasn’t getting stuck into a spot of paddle boarding, he couldn’t keep his eyes off his gorgeous spouse.
Meanwhile, daughter Stephanie looks set to take after her mother as she has clearly got her good genes.
The 18-year-old looked fit and on form as she stepped out of the water wearing floral bikini bottoms and a black halter neck top.
And it’s no wonder the clan are looking so happy and healthy.
Jon was spotted last week on the island doing push ups against a bench after hiking up a steep hill.
The star has kept his Caribbean escapes topless as he works on his physique.
The images are a stark contrast to the condition he was thought to be in recently, after false rumours spread across the internet that he had died.
Last Tuesday morning, a report on a random WordPress blog, claimed he went into cardiac arrest at the Empress Hotel in his home state of New Jersey and died later in the evening.
Shortly after the rumours surfaced, he tweeted a humorous photograph in response.
With a huge grin on his face, he held up a sign reading: 'Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey - jbj.'