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New HBO Series on the Group of Teenagers Who Revolutionized Surfing

Sometime during the late 1980’s in a small house behind Pipeline, Hawaii, back when Kelly Slater had a full head of hair and aerials were still a far-off concept, a group of the world’s most influential surfers lived like brothers, partied like animals and ultimately altered the notion of what it means to be a surfer. The motley crew of teenagers, which included Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Benji Weatherley, Kalani Robb, Ross Williams, Taylor Steele and Pat O’Connell, came from all walks of life - some from broken homes, a few with established surfing careers, others who were just looking for a group of kids they could live with and depend on. They charged together, challenged each other, and mourned as a family when some didn't make it back to shore alive. They didn't know it at the time, but they changed the sport of surfing forever.

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Filmmakers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist have compiled two and a half years worth of filming, tens of thousands of hours of footage, and never before seen interviews to create Momentum Generation, an HBO Sports production set to air Tuesday, December 11th at 10 P.M. We’re pumped, the surf world is pumped, and you should be too.

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Video: Surfer and Jetskier Narrowly Escape Disaster at Nazaré
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Video: Surfer and Jetskier Narrowly Escape Disaster at Nazaré

Video: Surfer and Jetskier Narrowly Escape Disaster at Nazaré

Surfing at Nazaré is a risky proposition, but the jetskiers responsible for towing surfers into waves can usually get them to safety post-wipeout. Sometimes things can get dicey, though, as seen in this video from Pedro Miranda.  Related: Jamie O'Brien Has a Close Call at Pipeline The clip shows 51-year-old big wave surfer Salvador Villas Boas taking a massive wipeout in one of Nazare's most dangerous zones. Seeing Salvador in a perilous situation, veteran jetski driver Ramon Laureano came

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Video: Jamie O’Brien Has a Close Call at Pipeline

Video: Jamie O’Brien Has a Close Call at Pipeline

Jamie O'Brien has surfed Pipeline as much as just about anybody, but his recent wipeout proves that even pros need to stay on their guard. It was a solid day at the break, with manageable four-to-six foot high barrels. Unfortunately, Mr. O'Brien's day at the beach was cut short after slammed his head into either his board or the reef during a fall.  Related: Nathan Florence Gets Barreled on the North Shore After several seconds underwater, O'Brien's float suit brought him to the surface. From

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Video: Surfing A Buttery-Smooth Storm Swell

Video: Surfing A Buttery-Smooth Storm Swell

This GoPro Award-winning video comes to us from four-time kitesurfing world champion Keahi De Aboitiz, who clearly is a pretty good normal surfer as well. He catches a beautiful right-hander during the storm swell from Cyclone Oma earlier this year. Somehow, he manages to dodge several people in the lineup for a 70-second ride.  Related: Surfer and Jetskier Narrowly Escape Disaster at Nazare De Aboitiz's camera comes equipped with GoPro's newest HyperSmooth technology, but the wave and his