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Killer California Photo Gallery

Shane Dorian nearly met his maker after suffering a two wave hold down on this supersized Mavericks bomb. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Shane Dorian nearly met his maker after suffering a two wave hold down on this supersized Mavericks bomb. Photo: Nelly/SPL
According to photographer Dave Nelson, Shane Dorian lost his balance after hitting the slightest lump in the doubling-up swell, and was held underwater by this wave and the next one before surfacing all dazed... Scary stuff. Photo: Nelly/SPL
According to photographer Dave Nelson, Shane Dorian lost his balance after hitting the slightest lump in the doubling-up swell, and was held underwater by this wave and the next one before surfacing all dazed... Scary stuff. Photo: Nelly/SPL
When Shane Dorian calls it quits and is looking this rattled, you know some serious shit just went down. Photo: Nelly/SPL
When Shane Dorian calls it quits and is looking this rattled, you know some serious shit just went down. Photo: Nelly/SPL
With a sudden surge in the swell, Sunday (2/14) morning was even bigger than the previous day when the Mavericks Surf Contest ran. Expect to see a lot of Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards from this day... Photo: Nelly/SPL
With a sudden surge in the swell, Sunday (2/14) morning was even bigger than the previous day when the Mavericks Surf Contest ran. Expect to see a lot of Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards from this day... Photo: Nelly/SPL
Grant "Twiggy" Baker on what looks like the biggest wave ever paddled into last Sunday at Mavericks. See you at the XXL Awards Twiggy! Photo: Nelly/SPL
Grant "Twiggy" Baker on what looks like the biggest wave ever paddled into last Sunday at Mavericks. See you at the XXL Awards Twiggy! Photo: Nelly/SPL

Not everyone was chasing the biggest waves ever at Mavericks... Jesse Merle Jones in LA. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Not everyone was chasing the biggest waves ever at Mavericks… Jesse Merle Jones in LA. Photo: Noyle/SPL

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Santa Cruz Harbor mouth drawing a crowd. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Santa Cruz Harbor and local ripper Shane Skelton drawing a crowd. Photo: Nelly/SPL
After getting pitched toward the jacks at the Santa Cruz Harbor, Josh Mulcoy apparently hit the bottom with enough force to make him think that he had broken his neck. It was obviously a terrifying moment for one of Santa Cruz's most popular surfers. Hope you're feeling better Mulcoy! Photo: Nelly/SPL
After getting pitched toward the jacks at the Santa Cruz Harbor, Josh Mulcoy apparently hit the bottom with enough force to make him think that he had broken his neck. It was obviously a terrifying moment for one of Santa Cruz's most popular surfers. Hope you're feeling better Mulcoy! Photo: Nelly/SPL
Looking to repeat as "Monster Paddle In Of The Year" winner, San Diego's Derek Dunfee strokes into an absolute bomb at Mavericks. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Looking to repeat as "Monster Paddle In Of The Year" winner, San Diego's Derek Dunfee strokes into an absolute bomb at Mavericks. Photo: Nelly/SPL
Alex Gray stays close to home in LA and gets kegged off his nuts... Gotta love this El Niño stuff! Photo: Nelly/SPL
Alex Gray stays close to home in LA and gets kegged off his nuts... Gotta love this El Niño stuff! Photo: Nelly/SPL
Meanwhile down south in San Diego, this normally packed lineup was nearly empty. Surfed out anyone? Photo" Checky
Meanwhile down south in San Diego, this normally packed lineup was nearly empty. Surfed out anyone? Photo" Checky
Someone needs to tell Taylor Knox that he should be going right to prep for the Quikkie Pro at Snapper... Photo: Checky
Someone needs to tell Taylor Knox that he should be going right to prep for the Quikkie Pro at Snapper... Photo: Checky

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Kauai's Jesse Merle Jones picked one hell of a winter to relocate to California... Photo: Nelly/SPL
Kauai's Jesse Merle Jones picked one hell of a winter to relocate to California... Photo: Nelly/SPL
Damien Hobgood puts on a layback slash clinic for the morning commuters on PCH. Photo: Checky
Damien Hobgood puts on a layback slash clinic for the morning commuters on PCH. Photo: Checky
Taylor Knox's hometown hack. Photo: Checky
Taylor Knox's hometown hack. Photo: Checky
Luke Davis at off-season Trestles. Photo: Steindler
Luke Davis at off-season Trestles. Photo: Steindler
Timmy Curran brings his high-flying act to Oceanside. Photo: Checky
Oxnard's Timmy Curran brings his high-flying act to Oceanside. Photo: Checky
Leaving the long drives to others, Cheyne Magnusson literally rolled out of bed and into the surf from his O'Side pad. Photo: Checky
Leaving the long drives to others, Cheyne Magnusson literally rolled out of bed and into the surf from his O'Side pad. Photo: Checky

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With an assist from some light offshores, Luke Davis tucks into an irie little love cavern at Upper Trestles. Photo: Steindler
With an assist from some light offshores, Luke Davis tucks into an irie little love cavern at Upper Trestles. Photo: Steindler
"Yo Damo! You dropped your wallet, best pick it man!" Photo: Checky
"Yo Damo! You dropped your wallet, best pick it man!" Photo: Checky
With Catalina Island in the background, 2010 ASP World Tour Rookie Nate Yeomans pops off in Newport. Photo: Steindler
With Catalina Island in the background, 2010 ASP World Tour Rookie Nate Yeomans pops off in Newport. Photo: Steindler
Timmy Curran signs off at newly formed sandbar somewhere in San Diego County... Photo: Checky
Timmy Curran signs off at newly formed sandbar somewhere in San Diego County... Photo: Checky