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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