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The semis saw an increase in the surf and many of the usual suspects were charging toward the final while other BWWT newcomers battled for the remaining slots. The standouts of the round were Gabriel Villaran, Jamie Sterling, Greg Long, Ben Wilkinson, Joao De Macedo, and Aaron Ungerleider. The final started at 4:15 pm with only 1 and 1/2 hours sunlight remaining. The final saw the largest and most critical waves of the day. Jamie Sterling stepped it up and collected two excellent scores, a 9 (best wave doubled) and 8.5 to receive a total of 26.5 out of 30. "I'm stoked to have won. I love the wave… That's why I'm here. To surf against world-class surfers at a world-class wave is just icing on the cake." Said Jamie Sterling.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Aaron Ungerleider also heralding from the North Shore of Hawaii on what could easily be a peaky Mavericks number.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
The A-framing reef allowed competitors to split the peak and maximize scoring potential with big drops and long walls. Round 1 standouts included Gabriel Villaran, Grant Washburn, Ben Wilkinson and Ben Andrews (pictured).© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Greg Long relaxed as ever.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Jamie Sterling bottom turning his big wave sled like a standard thruster.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
The South Reef Bomb exhibition was a close battle between Nic Lamb and Rusty Long. Both exchanged many great waves in the 30ft face range but at the awards ceremony the surfers and fans gave the nod to Rusty Long (pictured).© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Rusty Long and Ben Andrews splitting the peak.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Jeff Denholme probably doesn't want to be lauded for paddling a big wave event with only one traditional arm, but we're impressed Jeff.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Pick a solid swell, make the treacherous paddle, avoid the fang-like rocks on the inside, and you could score some of the longest rights of your life.
If Jack Kerouac surfed he would have chewed his beatnik leg off to get on this trip. Desert Point to Shipstern and everything in between.
Not all winter is cold, even if the country is in danger of washing away there will be surfers lapping up the storms
Those two imposters, triumph and disaster, go hand in hand in the sport of bodyboarding, especially for those hellmen who push the boundaries of what is surfable.
From Europe to the West Coast of the States Alex Botelho had one hell of a season