With huge waves sometimes in excess of 50 feet (or more!), Hawaii is well known as one of a few places on the planet that hosts Big Wave surf events on some of the most famous beaches in the world. These enormous and imposing waves (and dangerous riptides) require a team of lifeguards specially trained for such extreme conditions. Much like those who pioneered the use of personal watercraft to tow big wave surfers into enormous waves previously impossible to catch, the daring men and women of the HLA were the first to use JetSkis to be able to get into huge surf to rescue people from danger, revolutionizing the capabilities of the lifeguards and making the waters of Hawaii safer in the process. They have become so well known for their skill using JetSkis to gain access to previously inaccessible conditions that they are now sought out to train others in the use of JetSkis for this purpose.