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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.

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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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Hanalei Bay Closed After Shark Attack
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Hanalei Bay Closed After Shark Attack

Hanalei Bay Closed After Shark Attack

Three teenage fishermen were fishing in Hanalei Bay, Hawaii Monday afternoon when they heard cries for help coming from the water nearby. Tommy Hamai and his friends, Kea Dwight and Chas Weimar, raced their boat out to the source of the commotion and discovered a surfer floating in the bloodied waters.  RELATED: Fisherman Fatally Attacked by Shark Off Of Réunion Island. According to Khon 2 News, the victim had been surfing in the “The Bowl” when a 13-foot tiger shark bit him. Once he was

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VIDEO: What it’s Like to Photograph Thunderous Tahitian Waves Underwater
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VIDEO: What it’s Like to Photograph Thunderous Tahitian Waves Underwater

VIDEO: What it’s Like to Photograph Thunderous Tahitian Waves Underwater

Forging a career as an underwater surf photographer is, to put it lightly, a daunting task. RELATED: See showtimes, buy tickets for our tour If you want to photograph the best breaks in the world up close and personal, the job requires an immense amount of physical dedication. Shooters are required to constantly balance against hellish currents while swimming with bulky camera gear in hand and regularly have to wear one (or two) waves on the head as a price for their art. And now, with

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Video: World’s Largest Surf Park Under Construction in South Korea
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Video: World’s Largest Surf Park Under Construction in South Korea

Video: World’s Largest Surf Park Under Construction in South Korea

While wave pools might not have the natural beauty of a beach, there's definitely something to be said for guaranteed top-notch waves.  Several have been built in the past few years, and still more are under construction.  However, none of them compare to the project currently underway in South Korea.  Daewon Plus Construction and Wavegarden are going all in on the man-made-paradise thing, building a $2.3 billion artificial island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula.  Turtle Island will