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Big Wave Surfers Take On Monster Waves At 2014 Mavericks Contest

Thousands of people descended on Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday to watch 24 of the world's best big wave surfers compete. The surfers braved 40-foot faces before Grant “Twiggy” Baker of South Africa was crowned winner.

Posted on January 24, 2014, at 7:09 p.m. ET

Peter Mel rides a wave during the second heat of round one of Mavericks Invitational on January 24. in Half Moon Bay, California.
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Peter Mel rides a wave during the second heat of round one of Mavericks Invitational on January 24. in Half Moon Bay, California.

Tyler Fox.
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Tyler Fox.

Tyler Fox again.
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Tyler Fox again.

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Peter Mel.
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Peter Mel.

Colin Dwyer.
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Colin Dwyer.

Carlos Burle.
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Carlos Burle.

Colin Dwyer.
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Colin Dwyer.

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Dwyer.
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Dwyer.

Spectators.
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Spectators.

Ryan Seelbach.
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Ryan Seelbach.

Nic Lamb.
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Nic Lamb.

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Ben Wilkinson.
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Ben Wilkinson.

Tyler Fox.
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Tyler Fox.

Shane Dorian, left, and Ben Wilkinson, right.
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Shane Dorian, left, and Ben Wilkinson, right.

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