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In advance of the 2011-2012 Mavericks surf season, a newly-unified group of surfers organizing this year's contest announced today that Jeff Clark would return as contest director.

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Orange chopper doing low passes for an hour as police and fire swarmed the lots. No body was recovered as far as we could see.

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Champion surfer Mathieu Schiller was killed in a frenzied shark attack that lasted less than 30 seconds after he was dragged from his surfboard on Bouncan Canot beach, on the French island of Réunion.

The 32-year-old was believed to have been attacked by a man-eating tiger shark that swam off afterwards.

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A group of surfers, business owners and community leaders have united to bring peace back into the lineup at Mavericks and stability to the renowned big wave surfing event. The group, with Mavericks pioneer Jeff Clark as Contest Director, is re-organizing the event as the Mavericks Big Wave Invitational.

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The beauty of narcissism is that is allows you relate to almost anything because everything reminds you of you. And by “you” I mean “me.” No surprise then that the video above (personally passed along to us via the kind folks at Esquire) brought to mind an issue I’ve had with wetsuits for the past couple of years.

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Friday would have been the 118th birday of Hungarian physiologist Albert Szent-Györgyi, the man who discovered vitamin C in 1930. Winning a Nobel Prize for his research in 1937, Szent-Györgyi is most notably credited as being the man who found the cure for scurvy.

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I'm planning a month long trip in December to Mexico or central America and wanted to know if anyone knew of any solid spanish schools next to a good break. I have been to tamrindo and backpacker around montanita in Ecuador and am looking to avoid the gringo party vibe since I want to immerse myself on the language as well as find some swell.

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Call me an old fart but I sure dig the flowing grace of Tudor much more than the slashing ripping aerials of the top pros.

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I had an early copy of this book, which provided the background for my cover quote. The book content and layout improved since then, which is saying something since it was already excellent. Regardless, this is a must-have book for any committed surfer (particularly those who travel). It covers everything you could imagine surfing health related.

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What's really goin'on.

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In barrier shattering news, Carissa Moore has been awarded wildcards into the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa and the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach. The 2011 ASP Women's World Champion will be competing alongside 200 of the world's most talented men. Both events are jewels in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series that takes place on the North Shore of Oahu every year.

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