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Too big to be true: Aaron Gold rides one of the biggest waves ever paddled

The big wave surfing boys have – once again – raised the bar. And Aaron Gold has just ridden the biggest wave ever paddled at Jaws/Peahi, in Maui. The iconic Hawaiian surf break has been on fire. And with El Niño kicking in, some of the world’s best big-wave warriors are scoring big time. January 15th was a special day for Aaron Gold. The legends were all out there paddling for glory. Shane Dorian, Albee Layer, Danilo Couto, Kai Lenny, Pedro Calado, Francisco Porcella, DK and Ian Walsh, and even Brad Domke in surfboard mode. But destiny had plans for another man.

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The 2016 Todos Santos Challenge expects 40-foot waves

The 2016 Todos Santos Challenge has green light. The Mexican competition gets underway on Sunday, January 17th. The organization believes that the third event of the 2015/2016 Big Wave Tour will get underway with a projected 30-foot-plus swell and favorable winds. Twenty-four athletes are now traveling to Baja California. “Having ran events in Chile and Maui so far, the Big Wave Tour has already produced exceptional moments. We’re looking forward to more fireworks come Sunday in Mexico,” says Peter Mel, Big Wave Commissioner at World Surf League.

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Kelly Slater launches surfboard company Slater Designs

Kelly Slater will launch his own surfboard company. The 11-time world surfing champion has named it Slater Designs. The world of surfing saw his new logo for the first time in Round 1 of the 2015 Billabong Pipeline Masters. Slater rode a 5’10” Banana model shaped by Greg Webber, which featured the new Slater Designs sticker. The Floridian will launch his brand new surfboard company in the Surf Expo 2016, in Orlando, but Slater’s planks will only hit the mass market by April.

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Mavericks nearly kills Garrett McNamara

Garrett McNamara has nearly survived a heavy wipeout at Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, in Northern California.
The Hawaiian big wave surfer paddled into one of the biggest Mavericks waves of all time, air-dropped it, rode it for a couple of seconds and then and fell into the abyss about halfway down the face of the giant. McNamara, 48, bodysurfed the remaining part of the wave until getting caught by the massive whitewater avalanche. The Guinness World Record holder was immediately rescued and pulled out of the water by a jet ski. “It was literally one of the worst wipeouts I’ve seen in big wave surfing in a long time. It set the tone for the day and things never really got better after that. GMAC was taken to the hospital with a dislocated shoulder. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him for a quick and speedy recovery,” wrote Frank Quirarte.

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Bethany Hamilton rides the biggest wave of her life at Jaws

Bethany Hamilton has ridden 40-foot waves at Jaws, in Hawaii, seven months after giving birth to her son Tobias.
Twelve years after losing her left arm in a tiger shark attack at Tunnels Beach, Kauai, Hamilton says he caught the biggest wave of her life and career in Peahi’s infamous surf break. The 25-year-old surf star was towed into huge waves, as her husband and father watched from a boat. It was not her debut at Jaws. Bethany Hamilton surfed a single wave here when she was just 18.

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Honolulu Mayor Proclaims Carissa Moore Day

Carissa became the World Champion at age 18. Then four years later, at the age of 23, she locked in her third World Title. The 23-year-old is not only a decorated athlete, but an inspirational mentor to girls and young women around the world. “Carissa walks in the footsteps of folks like Rell Sunn and Duke Kahanamoku, and gives back to the community through her style of leadership,” said Caldwell. “They live in our hearts through love and aloha and I believe Carissa carries that same spirit.” quoted from hawaiinewsnow.com.

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