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Opening Day at Mavericks Gives Hope for Another Big Wave Contest Soon

About an hour south of San Fransisco, down 280 towards Half Moon Bay is a rugged, rocky beach known as Mavericks. For the better part of year, the waves off Mavericks lie dormant and look no different than any other spot you would drive by on the Northern Californian coast. But for a few months during late fall and into the spring, and almost always after a strong winter storm, the waves off Mavericks can reach heights over 60 feet. The best big wave surfers from all over the world flock to the break with their thickest wetsuits and nine-foot guns hoping to catch a few cold-water bombs.

Related: 14-Year-Old Ty Simpson-Kane Turned Heads at Jaws

After an epic start to the big wave season in Portugal and Hawaii, it would be easy to overlook Mavericks this year. But a great opening day last week has turned our attention back to the North American giant, and given us hope that the ocean might cooperate this year to give us another long-awaited Mavs contest!

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Watch: Billy Kemper Wins WSL’s 2018 Jaws Challenge
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Watch: Billy Kemper Wins WSL’s 2018 Jaws Challenge

Watch: Billy Kemper Wins WSL’s 2018 Jaws Challenge

After a dramatic competition, Billy Kemper managed to edge out Kai Lenny, Koa Rothman, Grant Baker, Albee Layer and Tyler Larronde to win WSL's 2018 Jaws Challenge.  The annual event was postponed for a day due to dangerously large waves triggering concerns about the surfers' safety.  After the waves shrunk enough for the event to continue, the competitors managed to put together some impressive rides.  Check out highlights from the finals above.   Related: Matt Meola And Albee Layer Catch

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14-Year-Old Ty Simpson-Kane Turned Heads at Jaws
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14-Year-Old Ty Simpson-Kane Turned Heads at Jaws

14-Year-Old Ty Simpson-Kane Turned Heads at Jaws

When the Big Wave Contest at Jaws got called off on Monday afternoon due to dangerous conditions, 14-year-old prodigy Ty Simpon-Kane headed out into the building surf on the back of Pe’ahi legend Darrick Doerner’s jetski. Using his uncle Kai Lenny’s tow board, the young ripper had a dream day when he got several bombs and one massive barrel over the course of the afternoon.  Related: Billy Kemper Wins WSL's 2018 Jaws Challenge With mentors like those two, not to mention Ian Walsh, it’s

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Andy Irons: Kissed by God Wins Best Doc at Surfer Awards
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Andy Irons: Kissed by God Wins Best Doc at Surfer Awards

Andy Irons: Kissed by God Wins Best Doc at Surfer Awards

TGR is beyond stoked to announce that at the 2018 Surfer Awards won Best Documentary alongside some of surfing's finest films for the year. Film creators Steve Jones, Lyndie Irons, and Enich Harris were on hand alongside Andy's brother Bruce Irons and his parents to accept the award. See the film on tour in a theater near you, including a weeklong run in New York City from December 7-13. is also available in full to rent, download, and stream on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, XBox,