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Mavericks (Half Moon Bay)

Spot Location: California, Central > Central California > Mavericks (Half Moon Bay)

Date Taken: 30th November 2008. 64067 page views since 12th December 2008.

Big Wave Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
4.5ft 19s 264.59° 4.5ft 13s   4
Clear 58°f
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rambeau28 Dec 31, 2009 Rating: 1

agnus likeeeeee

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Billy Bob.Boe Dec 1, 2009 Rating: 2


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Harv Nov 8, 2009 Rating: 0

What do you think it would cost to get someone to pull into that backdoor closeout??

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millerdr Dec 17, 2009 Rating: 0

guys go left at mavs and it doesnt usually close out. this day is too big to go left though. looks like wipeout is not an option!

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LowercaseJ Nov 11, 2009 Rating: 0

That's not a close out koooook boy!

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foxyfox1988 Jul 31, 2009 Rating: 0

Audacious is the only word that comes to mind. Once a deceptive, gentle ripple personified into a solid metric, mass of water. A beautiful pic, coupled with a potentially deadly wave harvest a somewhat euphoric sense of disbelief................................fair f**ks to the bollo*ks dropping in tho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ricky Woodside Apr 26, 2009 Rating: 0

That is one heavy sick shot. did u shoot from the cliff?

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Ratbag Apr 21, 2009 Rating: -1

Great photo, but Mav's is too cold and too toothy for my likings.

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OB homie Mar 28, 2009 Rating: 1

im pissed how it came sooooo early!! w.e it might go off this 1st week of april, but ugly as hell. Beautiful man, NOR CAL!!!

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dizzyhimself Jan 13, 2009 Rating: 21

that left is all time! full on shadow cast. do they take the lefts at mavs? big ups from an aussie in the philippines!

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the bearded clam Jan 5, 2009 Rating: 1

shadow from the lip. awesome.

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taff Dec 27, 2008 Rating: 0

its the rocks you cant see in this picture that make mavs the place to test yourself.

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J_Cla Feb 1, 2009 Rating: -1

...and sharks, and the hold under... its what makes it one of the most dangerous place in the world.

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J_Cla Dec 26, 2008 Rating: 0

its not florida, its definitely not jersey shore bro... this is mavericks during the end of nov.

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No Rulz Dec 25, 2008 Rating: 2

Wow, its just like The Witterings...big up south coast surfers.

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IS-PR Dec 22, 2008 Rating: -3

OH God..!!! Look That Right, is Bigger than my House.!!!!

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bazza Dec 20, 2008 Rating: 20

Soutie makes my MSW life worth living.......

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kailin Dec 18, 2008 Rating: 2

suck on this lip

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Shorey Dec 18, 2008 Rating: -2

the reform wave doesnt look too bad either

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sqirl Dec 18, 2008 Rating: -1

Enjoy that 20 star swell filling in on the frenchy coast....lucky bastard!

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sqirl Dec 18, 2008 Rating: -1

Ha ha! happy holidays to you too frenchy.

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soutie Dec 18, 2008 Rating: 0

its cocabalulapinahupooo in honalulu. cheers people, off on happy hols. it has been fun, we laughed we cried we shrieked and tore our beards. hope evryone has good health and cheer and plenty waves, even that retarded prick squirl. hahaha

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traboys Dec 17, 2008 Rating: -1

"Surf Banker " shut up! Its not! its Florida...

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Surf Banker Dec 17, 2008 Rating: 1

This is not pipeline or mavericks you fools. This is south New Jersey.

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J_Cla Feb 1, 2009 Rating: -3

your an idiot. end of story.

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J_Cla Feb 1, 2009 Rating: 20

your an idiot. end of story.

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J_Cla Feb 1, 2009 Rating: 2

your an idiot. end of story.

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C*nt! Dec 17, 2008 Rating: -2

Monster or Mushroom?

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hanksplanks Dec 17, 2008 Rating: -1

One of the best pictures of Mav I've ever seen. Thanks. It does look like a perfect "small" wave until you see the guy dropping. Scary and beautiful.

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Phuket Possie Dec 17, 2008 Rating: -4

Perfect look how it spinsssssssssss

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d-peoples-elbow Dec 16, 2008 Rating: 21

Traboys, is that some kind of gender joke?, there is nothing funny about men that look like women! by the looks of things c*nt could be a traboy, inbred at least, he don't be too good at them grammar and spelling if ya "know" what i is meaning "posibily". must be all those monster macroom lips he keeps getting on the head!!

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C*nt! Dec 16, 2008 Rating: -3

Nice one SCR, now everyone knows about the sick uncrowded waves in Macroom. Once know one says anything about the bombs in Bandon we are grand.

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Portpipe Dec 16, 2008 Rating: -4

haha the guys in the first photo on the boat didnt hang around too long.

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sUkya Dec 16, 2008 Rating: 2

fuck me! mavs or not, that's a damn tunnel!!

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grandfield Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 0

The only reason I believe this is mavericks is the lack of jetskis. The mavericks surfers are hard core and I have never seen any other photo of people paddling into waves as big.

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scr Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 5

I surf waves like this in macroom all the time with no one out. Afterwards i like to go hunt some sharks and feed the family. Its great.

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sqirl Dec 15, 2008 Rating: -1

Santa would take the right and get soooo pitted! Traboy...this cant be Dublin...it is a super secret great lakes break.

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morhaw Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 4

i thought this was six foot perfection, until i noticed the guy charging the right, and that it said mav's, now it justs looks scary as being chased by a twenty stone hooker, and her fat mates

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Shorey Dec 15, 2008 Rating: -2

And the bait is cast, who will be the first to bite. That wave looks damn steep.

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traboys Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 0

Im telling you its not mavericks!

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hipmasama Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 1

stop bitchin,you bunch of kooks!! thats probs one of the best shots ive seen of mavericks!

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traboys Dec 15, 2008 Rating: -2

"C*nt!" Hitting me where it hurts! Grow a pair. And stop bullshitting

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grandfield Dec 15, 2008 Rating: -3

i traboys did think before he wrote hahaha, myabe you didnt.

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C*nt! Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 0

Traboys, your real funny. id say that they probibly get more swell in Dublin than you get down in the "sunny" south east. They even get better waves in cork. Maybe you should think before you write. Oh sick photo by the way.

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ed_f242 Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 3

What fresh madness is this? talk of back doooring and duck diving. I shall have this imaged burned into my brain so that when I am suffering a mild hold down and having trouser issues the fear is merely relative

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BrightPhotoGallery Dec 15, 2008 Rating: -2

There was one guy I saw go left that day, he didn't fair well, glad you guys like the photo, we have a bunch from that day up on our website if you want to check out more at www.swellimages.com

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Beads Dec 15, 2008 Rating: -2

I only ever see the rights being taken, does anyone know if the left works? I'm not goofy, just curious ;-)

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Fishside Surfing Guatemala Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 2

Que buenaza!!!!

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trevellyan2182 Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 1

"Dougal, the wave is close up but the people are faaaar away" erm...NOT!

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Binger Photo Dec 15, 2008 Rating: 17

Damnnnnn. When I saw the pic, I was like "Oh, must be some winter east coast barrel" looking at that dirty water, and until opening it, I didn't realize how big it truly was. Nice pic!

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Ronen Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 68

The guys on the shoulder looking back through the barrell thinking, 'someones gotta backdoor that'

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T-bird Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -1

I think I just soiled myself. Holy Mackerel! Look at the barrel on the left hander. Reminds me of the Channel Tunnel!

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ed schlosser Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -3

what the f..k is this?????????????????????????/


SUPERSTOKED Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -2

Jeff Clark is the man, surfing all those years lonewolf. Sick freaking wave.

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goofybwoiii123 Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -1

oh my fuckin god

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traboys Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -6

People This Aint Mavericks! Its Dublin Bay Last week!

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Sunam007 Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 0

Yeah so you can imagine the insane addrenalin rush that surfer is getting !!!!!

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scr Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -1

The reality is we would die if that thing landed on us!

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AnEnglishman Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -6

ps. sex-wax itself doesn't smell good, they put perfume on the wrapper it comes in.... the bastards!! mighty mounds all the way!

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AnEnglishman Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 2

on a wave that big you dont even try and duckdive, you push your board to the side, take a deep breath and swim down!! then wen you've stopped being thrown about so much (you may be 5 or 30 feet from the surface by now) you pull yourself up on your leash, (if that still has a board on the end of it) and you just generally struggle to paddle to the surface befor the next fucker comes to break on you. The End.

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grandfield Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 1

imagine looking way up, knowing your not going to make it over the top, how does one deal with that. i don't ever want to find out

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Baboon Barrels Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 59

Big but easily done though!

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sqirl Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 16

take as deep a breath as possible and begin praying to your god of choice...I prefer to pray to the ten pound four ounce fat little baby jesus!

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nelch Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -3

can someone please tell me: what would you do it you were in a position where you needed to duckdive a beast like that? iv been trying to imagine it and its just a terrifying thought.

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MagicWeedSeed Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 3

FUCK ME!! Thats a jolly nice wave I say old boy. Must big up Jeff Clark here for surfing, (what resembles the devils tounge), that monster on his own everyday, ON HIS OWN!!! can you imagine. nice clean wave

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LostMayhem Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 1

You could fit a house in that thing

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Lord Munster Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 0

nice to see a shot of this wave from the other side. Only for the brave or foolish on that day.

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southcoastbbyyyyyyy Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 0

Fu*k duckdiving that hefty beast

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Surf Berbere Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -1

Perfection for big wave riding, sick picture!

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Shorey Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -1

Large and in charge. thats really hollow going left.

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Shorey Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 0

Thats friggin hollow as hell. How close in does it break to shore?

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Mookmook Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -2


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RedTrianglePictures Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -1

Amazing Photo... if any of you guys live in Northern California this Sunday the Mavericks Exhibit at the San Mateo Museum is going to be on display for the first time please come and show support! Ps nothing like pipe way way way crazier and a bunch colder lets also not forget about the 20 ft white shark chilling outside :)

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colski Dec 14, 2008 Rating: 58

just noticed I spelled sea with a double "e". BUT i still love the ocean!

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colski Dec 14, 2008 Rating: -1

damnation! I love the see!

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pmdarrow Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 0

anybody see the little speck in the foreground? if that's a surfer, he's about to get eaten alive

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Jedi Jon Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 2


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McWicked Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 4

un- believable! - best shot I've ever seen of Mavricks. and those boys are paddling in - not towing - respect!

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waxymaxy Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 4

heavy as bru

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OB homie Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -1

Its' mavericks tho, different than pipe, its heavy and unpredictable most times! great shot anyways man!

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Berryhill Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 0

A shadow cast by a sky scraper.

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Berryhill Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -5

That one must of registered on the Richter scale!

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mozza Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -5

Bet yous some block is deep in on that left!

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Mike Miller Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -2

Looks like satan

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mury Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -2

what a huge shacking barrel on that left, super sicko.

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AnEnglishman Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 5

zwaager how can u tell this is dumping slower than pipe? its a photo you mauron... and no one gets bazzad at mavericks! as much as this backdoor looks pretty hollow and barrelable..

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AnEnglishman Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 1

shut up your from canada,, theres fuk all surf and its an arctic suit all year round for you guys! i never seen mavericks barrel like this and i fawt mavericks was mainly a left.. its pipe but further out to see.

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Adam Ludnow Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -3

awesome pic, i'm just trying to work out how 2 people (at time of posting) could rate it a 1, 5's all the way.

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indojoe Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -2

that is something else

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Sir Surfalot Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -3

Ah, perfectly formed sick left Mavs barrel!!! Never seen it look so clean and perfectly hollow like that...noice!

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nasty Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -3

Dahahaha...HenryG. I think that is the reality of most nay-sayers on this forum.

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henryg Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -13

Pah, that guys a pussy running for the shoulder, I'd be backdooring that beast!! (Either that or I'd be standing on the rocks watching in awe and wondering how people cultivate balls that enormous.)

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zwaager Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 0

this looks nothing like pipe! i dont know where u got that idea from! the only similarity is wave size! pipe dumps faster than this too! if i ever had to guess this place b4 seein the location i would be say mavericks! tho that barrel looks ridable nd i didnt think mavericks had barrels that were ridable, but i guess im wrong! ridiculously sick shot bro! hats off to buddy chargin down the face of that beast! =D

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Rick79 Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 1

Never made a comment on here before, but I have to say this is simply stunning - totally epic. As for the dude taking the drop - Balls Of Steel.

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Vini Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -3

That's beautiful. A bus fits in this barrel, easyly. Great Shot

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lozza Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -1

the left looks incredible

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jfalvey Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 4

a tip o the cap to you sir, a wicked shot of a wicked wave with a wicked little man belting down the side of it.

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sqirl Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -3

unbelievable picture rastarocket the timing and perspective are perfect!

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Cranog_surf Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 4

looks nothing like pipe! brilliant pic :P

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AnEnglishman Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 21

looks like pipe; but dirty

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neoprenejunkie Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 0

FECK !!!!

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39 Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 3

Jeff Clark always used to surf left when he was on his own.Bloody hell!!!!!!!

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Bunyip Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -1

look at the guy charging down, sick wave, sick shot

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GWILL Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -3

that is in the membrane!

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Jayv39 Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 5

Sweet shot, amazing!

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Mark Dec 13, 2008 Rating: 3

That is a great shot, it almost looks do-able until you notice the hell dog charging down the mountainous face.

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Ct Dec 13, 2008 Rating: -3

sick shot

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KILGORE Dec 12, 2008 Rating: 7

Fantastic original angle! Topshot!

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simonv90 Dec 12, 2008 Rating: 1