Surf’s Way Up

With Monster Waves Rolling In, Surfing’s Best Hit Mavericks (Photos)

Record-breaking waves drew adrenaline junkies to California’s Half Moon Bay for the international Mavericks Invitational. A look at the competitors at one of surfing’s top events.

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Tyler Fox flies out of a wave during the second heat of the first round of the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

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Peter Mel catches a wave as Colin Dwyer, below, is near during the second heat of the first round of the Mavericks Invitational. Mel is the defending champion of the event.

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Nic Lamb rides a wave during the third heat of round one,

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Danilo Couto (left) and Peter Mel share a wave during the second heat of round one.

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Ryan Seelbach rides a wave during the second heat of the first round.

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Nic Lamb begins to fall off his board during the third heat of the first round.

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Tyler Fox dips in during the second heat of round one.

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Ben Wilkinson goes tumbling during the third heat of the first round.

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Peter Mel rides a wave during the second heat of round one.

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Peter Mel pushes through during the second heat of round one.

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Colin Dwyer in the second heat of round one.