‘Over the Falls”
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Monster Waves at Mavericks

‘Over the Falls”
Mike Brumet goes “over the falls” while riding a huge wave during the first heat of the Mavericks Surf Competition in Half Moon Bay. (AP)
2 on 1 Wave
Carlos Burle, left, and Ion Banner ride a wave during the first heat of the Mavericks Surf Competition. The break at Mavericks is billed as the “Most Dangerous Wave on the Planet.” (AP)
Backing Off
Surfers back off a wave during the first heat of the Mavericks Surf Competition. Every winter, top surfers from Brazil, Australia, Hawaii and the mainland United States descend on the once-secret surf spot to tempt fate. (AP)
Shane Desmond
Shane Desmond rides a huge wave during the first heat of the Mavericks Surf Competition, where 50-foot tall waves can pin a surfer down on the sea floor. (AP)
Brock Little
Brock Little, right, rides a wave during the first heat of the Mavericks Surf Competition in Half Moon Bay. At left is Ion Banner. Others competing this year include Carlos Burle, Brazil’s most famous big-wave rider, and Australian standouts Tony Ray and Ross Clarke-Jones. (AP)
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