He wanted to be Surfing's Evil Kneivel and was once dropped from a helicopter onto a wave at Outer Pipeline with his board and an oxygen tank in the effort to catch the biggest wave ever ridden. This was in 1985, before the advent of tow-in surfing. The picture from that day became a postcard that sold millions:
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The rest of the Hawaiian Big Wave crew (Ken Bradshaw, Darrick Doerner, etc.) thought he was an idiot and hated him. For one thing, they thought he was full of shit. Doerner once told him to "talk less, surf more". Bradshaw had surfed bigger, including the mythical 85ft monster at Outside Log Cabins that was only witnessed by a few people but all of who said it was the biggest thing they had ever seen surfed.
But as Bohdi put it, "If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love."
That's how Ace Cool did it in the end and nobody can take that away from him.