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.

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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.

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Tyler Fox.

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Tyler Fox again.

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More Fox.

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Peter Mel.

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Colin Dwyer.

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Carlos Burle.

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Colin Dwyer.

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Dwyer.

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Spectators.

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Ryan Seelbach.

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Nic Lamb.

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Ben Wilkinson.

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Tyler Fox.

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Shane Dorian, left, and Ben Wilkinson, right.

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