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Biggest Paddle In Waves of the Year, Billabong XXL Nominees

The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards makes the extra effort to recognize five of the biggest paddle-in waves of the year in honor of the sheer man power required to take on nature’s beasts. Mark Healey (HAW), Aaron Gold (HAW), and Mark Mathews (AUS) all braved Maui’s giant known as Pe’ahi or ‘Jaws’, and are all in contention for the award. Big Wave World Tour Champion Grant Baker’s ride at Sunset in South Africa, and lastly Shawn Dollar’s ride at Mavericks also both have the chance to earn $20,000 in prize money. Dollar is the current holder for the Guinness Record Largest Wave Ridden (Paddle-In).

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The bucket list of surf spots

It’s only a matter of time before we’re pushing daisies, and you certainly don’t want go without surfing the best waves you possibly could, right? So with mortality in mind, here are five surf spots around the globe that you should hit before that big barrel in the sky.

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5 points to debate for going Indo vs Euro Staycation

So many surf trips, so little time… surfeuropemag.com ponders the yings and yangs of an Indo safari vs a Euro excursion.
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Surfing Stereotypes

“Stereotypes, they’re sensual, cultural weapons. That’s the way that we attack people. At an artistic level, stereotypes are terrible writing.” Junot Diaz.

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Humpback whales go for a surf at Pipeline

Mother and calf catch a set wave at the iconic spot on Oahu’s North Shore; rare event is photographed by J.T. Gray

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When Surfing Sucks

The Onshore Puff
Following a 6am wake up, a two hour drive, a three hundred yard beach run, just as you put on your legrope you feel the slight puff of a new onshore. You ignore it and hope it goes away. It doesn’t.

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North Korea is a Surfing Paradise

There are few places on earth which surfers have failed to infiltrate, but this isolated militaristic state is one of them. North Korea has 1,550 miles of wave rich coastline, the vast majority of which is army controlled and strictly off limits for the few foreign tourists who are granted a visa.

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Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards Nominees Topped by Historic Swells in Europe and Hawaii

The nominees have been revealed for the 2014 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, and – as expected – the focus is on the huge swells that hammered the European and Hawaiian coastlines and splashed big wave surfing across mainstream headlines worldwide.

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Kelly Slater Splits from Quiksilver

In a move tantamount to Michael Jordan splitting with Nike or David Beckham leaving Adidas, Kelly Slater has announced he parted ways with Quiksilver, his sponsor of 23 years.

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Which surfing world records are left in the sea?

You might not want to tackle ‘biggest wave,’ but plenty of tamer options remain beatable

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