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Big-waves bring big Mavericks wipeouts.

 Big-waves bring big Mavericks wipeouts.

Northern Californian Nic Lamb won the prestigious big-wave surfing contest known as the Titans of Mavericks on
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Lamb, shown here riding a tall wave during the fourth heat of the competition, overcame a
huge wipeout and 23 other surfers. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Travis Payne tamed this giant wave in the finals. Payne took in second place in the event, which is held at the
legendary Mavericks surf break at Half Moon Bay, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of San Francisco.
(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Greg Long, shown navigating a huge wave in the finals, finished third. Long also won the award given for the
most impressive "drop," when a surfer drops through the air from the top of a wave. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Long wiped out on this wave in the third heat as Ben Wilkinson surfed beside him. The Titans of Maverick is a
one-day, invitation-only competition held almost every year between Nov. 1 and March 31 when conditions are
deemed just right. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

This season’s competition was all male, but that could change. The California Coastal Commission told
organizers to plan to include women if they want a permit to hold the event next season. Above, Ken Collins
and Chris Bertish surf a giant wave during the second heat of the competition. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Nic Lamb (above) said, “I’m over the moon,” after winning the event. Waves were breaking at up to
18 feet (5.5 meters) in the morning, but later built up to the 30-foot (9-meter) mark required for the competition.
(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

All photos: Ben Margot / AP


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