Waimea, Hawaii

Noah Johnson, Kohl Christensen and Ibon Amatrian ride a wave during the first round of the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP012802" title="Quiksilver Incorporated" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/quiksilver-incorporated-ORCRP012802.topic">Quiksilver</a> in Memory of Eddie Aikau Competition big wave surfing contest. Thousands of spectators and surfers are flocked to Hawaii's beaches to see some of the largest waves in the state in half a decade.

( Photo by Kent Nishimura / Getty Images / December 8, 2009 )

Noah Johnson, Kohl Christensen and Ibon Amatrian ride a wave during the first round of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Competition big wave surfing contest. Thousands of spectators and surfers are flocked to Hawaii's beaches to see some of the largest waves in the state in half a decade.

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