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The online gallery of big surf that we posted on the Tribune’s site last week featured multiple shots of the Wedge, the famous, white-knuckled surf spot in Newport Beach. Looking through those photos reminded me of something I read about John Wayne while doing research for a story on the Madonna Inn, where Wayne was a frequent visitor.

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Hey all,

I'm tinkering with building a website that would help connect local shapers & surfers and would love some market research help. Could y'all spare less than 5 minutes to take this survey?

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“First of all, I’d like to say (an the ASP are going to fine me) ‘cuz I don’t want to be a part of this dumb f***ing wannabe tennis tour. All these pro surfers want to be tennis players. They want to do a halfway cutoff. How the f*** is somebody who’s not even competing against our caliber of surfers ahead of 100 of us on the one world ratings. They’ve never been here.

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Chinstrap penguins of the South Sandwich Islands escape high surf on a large blue-ice iceberg near Candlemas Island. Chinstrap penguins, also known as “Stonecracker Penguins” for their harsh calls, are some of the most abundant creatures of the Antarctic, with a count of about 7.5 million breeding pairs.

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Although the vast majority of surfers will never suffer a two- to three-wave hold down or stare down a 20-footer, we’ve all felt a sense of panic as we scramble to the surface. Needless to say, we could all benefit from learning to hold our breath longer. To keep your lungs inflated, we talked to Mark Healey, a man who credits his lung capacity to saving his life on more than one occasion.

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Right on schedule, Hurricane Katia promises to deliver great surf for the Quiksilver Pro in New York this week. The first two weeks of September historically have been the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season and 2011 is no exception. Increasing surf from Katia has already begun to arrive at the event site in Long Beach, Long Island, and will continue to build on Wednesday and Thursday.

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No hooks, just a ball of spiderwebs. But not just any web, one that is uniquely strong enough to tangle and hold itself within a needlefish’s mouth, which is too narrow and strong to be hooked.

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Yuta Sezutsu is a tal­ented Japan­ese surfer. His smooth style and grace­ful noserides have been get­ting atten­tion at Joel Tudor’s Duct Tape Invi­ta­tion­als and in the new Mikey DeTem­ple film, Sight and Sound. We spoke with Yuta to learn more.

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Rant - Irene [video]

Some footage of Irene in Montauk

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Glass Beach, Fort Bragg was once called “The Dumps” because it was at the bottom of the cliff where everyone threw their trash until about 1967. Glass beach has been cleaned up, and now all that’s left from the trash is a reflective coating of beach glass, and the occasional car battery.

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A law student has survived a shark attack in Puerto Rico after being bitten during a late night swim with friends.

Lydia Strunk, 27, was on holiday in the Caribbean island when the six-foot long tiger shark bit into her leg, severing nerves and tendons and causing massive blood loss.

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