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Bobby Martinez gets his fins out of the water during a slashing turn in the 1999 U.S. Open of Surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier. Martinez competed in the junior division, placing second, and advanced to the next round. (Allen J. Schaben / LAT)
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Santa Barbara native Bobby Martinez surfs during the 2006 Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia. (Karen Wilson ASP/Getty Images)
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Bobby Martinez rides a wave to claim his ASP Men’s World Tour victory to win the 2006 Billabong Pro Tahiti in Teahupoo. The Billabong Pro is the third stop on the Fosters ASP Men’s and Women’s World Tours and features the top 45 men and 17 women surfers in the world. Tahiti’s Teahupoo produces some of the most dangerous waves and perfect barrels on the planet. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Bobby Martinez, right, celebrates his maiden Fosters ASP Men’s World Tour victory at the 2006 Billabong Pro in Teahupoo, Tahiti. (Pierre Tostee ASP/Getty Images)
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Fifth place winner of the 2006 Billabong Pro, Australian Dean Morrison, rides a wave in Teahupoo. American Bobby Martinez won first place in the competition. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Bobby Martinez of Santa Barbara surfs on his way to his maiden Fosters ASP Men’s World Tour victory in the 2006 Billabong Pro in Teahupoo, Tahiti. (Pierre Tostee ASP/Getty Images)
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Bobby Martinez surfs during round two of the 2006 Globe World Championship Tour Fiji in Tavura Island, Fiji. (Karen Wilson ASP/Getty Images)
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Bobby Martinez competes in round one of the 2006 Billabong Pro in Teahupoo, Tahiti. (Karen Wilson ASP/Getty Images)
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Billabong Pro Tahiti winner Bobby Martinez, right, and runner up Fred Patacchia celebrate their first Association of Surfing Professionals WCT final together. (AFP/Getty Images)
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