Sweet Sixteen Photo Gallery

Benji Weatherley finds a NorCal wedge to take flight from. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Benji Weatherley finds a NorCal wedge to take flight from. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Kahea Hart gets high and tight on the North Shore of Oahu. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Kahea Hart gets high and tight on the North Shore of Oahu. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Newport Beach's Brightton "Bones" Brandenburger enjoying the fruits of an early season south swell in his hometown. Photo: Steindler

Newport Beach's Brightton "Bones" Brandenburger enjoying the fruits of an early season south swell in his hometown. Photo: Steindler

With a sand dredging boat providing an industrial looking backdrop, Tim Curran does one of his textbook frontside airs in Oceanside. Photo: Checky

With a sand dredging boat providing an industrial looking backdrop, Tim Curran does one of his textbook frontside airs in Oceanside. Photo: Checky

With back-to-back-to-back swells pounding Maui in December and January, Honolua Bay saw one of the most epic winter's in recent memory. Dean Morrison samples. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

With back-to-back-to-back swells pounding Maui in December and January, Honolua Bay saw one of the most epic winter's in recent memory. Dean Morrison samples. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Nathan Fletcher and the Wedge are a match made in a very shallow and sandy heaven. Photo:English

Nathan Fletcher and the Wedge are a match made in a very shallow and sandy heaven. Photo: jackenglishphotography.com

Like a true pro, New Jersey's Sam Hammer picked a board to match the water color and nailed the shot. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Like a true pro, New Jersey's Sam Hammer picked a board to match the water color and nailed the shot. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Josh Kerr gets as deep as humanly possible at the Box in Western Australia. Photo: Jones

Josh Kerr gets as deep as humanly possible at the Box in Western Australia. Photo: Jones

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World traveler Mike Losness at home in San Clemente. Photo: jackenglishphotography.com

World traveler Mike Losness at home in San Clemente. Photo: jackenglishphotography.com

Makuakai Rothman at Ehukai Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Makuakai Rothman at Ehukai Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Tahiti's Michel Bourez keeping the power surfing torch lit on the North Shore. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Tahiti's Michel Bourez keeping the power surfing torch lit on the North Shore. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Part time Mexican resident Todd Morcom at one Latin America's pounding black sand beachbreaks. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Part time Mexican resident Todd Morcom at one Latin America's many pounding black sand beachbreaks. Photo: Noyle/SPL

The peak known as "Carmelita's" at Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido has one of the most iconic backdrops in surfing. Photo: Nelly/SPL

The peak known as "Carmelita's" at Playa Zicatela in Puerto Escondido has one of the most iconic backdrops in surfing. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Sunny Garcia eyes the hammer at Waimea Bay during last year's Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Sunny Garcia eyes the hammer at Waimea Bay during last year's Quiksilver In Memory Of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational. Photo: Noyle/SPL

Far away from the warm water of his native Puerto Rico, Brian Toth pulls in at Nelly's go-to barrel spot in NorCal. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Far away from the warm water of his native Puerto Rico, Brian Toth pulls in at Nelly's go-to barrel spot in NorCal. Photo: Nelly/SPL

Unidentified wave dancer in New South Wales, Australia. Photo: Jones

Unidentified wave dancer in New South Wales, Australia. Photo: Jones