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Sit back and slip open a cold can or make that cup of tea and enjoy a day distilled into 7 plus minutes of heavy water.© 2014 schweitzersports22
Albee Layer spearheads a group of young surfers who are blurring the traditional boundaries separating small and big wave surfing.© 2014 Mike Neal
DK Walsh fresh from his pre-Christmas trip to the Cortez Bank where he played a key role in the rescue of Greg Long taking the plunge above Ben Wilkinson.© 2014 Mike Neal
Kauai's Evan Valiere flays the rails from his 10 to 11 footer.© 2014 Mike Neal
John John flew out with Jamie O'Brien and a few other guys from Oahu and they weren't disappointed.© 2014 Mike Neal
Carlos Burle chasing a giant chandelier.© 2014 Mike Neal
Mike Pietsch on the lesser surfed left.© 2014 Mike Neal
Look at the power on display here for Connor Baxter's ride of day.© 2014 Mike Neal
Jamie O'Brien summed it up "What a great day in Maui to end the year!".© 2014 Mike Neal
John John Florence on another bomb.© 2014 Mike Neal
Ian Walsh on one of the largest set waves.© 2014 Mike Neal
Kai Lenny is another member of the youthful contingent taking big positive strides. Before he left he had this to say: "I am getting some major butterflies i'll admit. This is a beast of a swell about to slam the north shore of Maui. Then the otherside of me can't wait!"© 2014 Mike Neal
Tyler Larronde, son of French big wave rider Michel Larronde, is Maui born and bred thanks to his father's escape from Europe and already has several years of experience out here despite his relative lack of years.© 2014 Mike Neal
Albee Layer surfing with a few of his closest friends.© 2014 Mike Neal
Tyler Larronde again, dragging a positional hand.© 2014 Mike Neal
At one point there were about 50 surfers swarming the peak which makes this lonely drop all the more unusual.© 2014 Mike Neal
Jeff Rowley shares a wave with Nakota Decoit. "What a way to finish the year! Amazing!" said a stoked Rowley.© 2014 Minnie Vuong/ Xvolution Media
As well as balls the size of coconuts Jeff Rowley has the most efficent PR machine in surfing and following a big swell you can count on there being an edit in your inbox the following morning.© 2014 300
Paying the piper is par for the course at Peahi, as Tom Dosland, Maui resident, knows only too well.© 2014 Mike Neal
Dean Morrison charging the critical bowl section.© 2014 Mike Neal
If there are this many people on Maui capable of surfing 30ft Peahi then where do you sit in the hierarchy of surfing talent?© 2014 Mike Neal
Peahi at dawn, a sight to warm the hardest of hearts.© 2014 Mike Neal
Italy has waves and Sardinia has some of the best spots, places you would not believe. Leonardo Fioravanti knows that better than most...
From the Caribbean to Nova Scotia (and maybe even Europe) the forecast is for a medium sized swell to grace your local beach.
Like a lot of the waves in the edit, this one is a grower. Dusty Payne and Yadin Nicol make light work of things you'd sail on by.
Highlight of the day was the 17-year-old brother of local legend Manoa. He blew everyone away.
We break down the reasons why Edouard might be the most interesting storm of the season so far.
Next week we have great looking numbers for Trestles, the Wedge and elsewhere in Southern California.