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With the conditions much bigger than previous rounds the decision was made to use a jet ski assist system to make sure competitors could make the most of the 30 minute heats, the Peurto Lifeguards did an amazing job keeping the riders in the right place whilst dodging massive sets. Jeff Hubbard was in the right place at the right time and used his trademark aerial attack to put himself ahead for the majority of the 40 minute final. Hardy took his time and picked out a peeling right, a spin under the lip and a big roll to finish put him neck and neck with Hubb with eight minutes on the clock. It all came down to who would get one good wave to finish the job, Hubb was in position for a big bumpy right and managed to launch a clean invert and land it smoothly on the face for the winning score.© 2014 IBA/Sasha Specker
Jared Houston arrived early in Peurto to prepare for the event and acclimatise to the conditions, writing in his blog at the start of August he said: "I want to put it all on the line and not hold back, surf to my strengths and hold on for dear life!" This attitude won him a place in the quarterfinals and a chance to surf some of the heaviest beachbreak waves in the world with only Frenchman Pierre-Louis Costes and a couple of jet ski riding lifeguards for company. Unfortunately for Jared he couldn't find the waves and with a minute left in his heat he put on a show for the hundreds of spectators on the beach and on-line, pulling into a huge closeout set. Knowing what he was in for he raised a triumphant claim and scored a 3 for effort but failed to progress.© 2014 IBA/Sasha Specker
Kepa finds himself in a land of perpetual dancing and broad smiles.
Pick a solid swell, make the treacherous paddle, avoid the fang-like rocks on the inside, and you could score some of the longest rights of your life.
If Jack Kerouac surfed he would have chewed his beatnik leg off to get on this trip. Desert Point to Shipstern and everything in between.
Not all winter is cold, even if the country is in danger of washing away there will be surfers lapping up the storms
Those two imposters, triumph and disaster, go hand in hand in the sport of bodyboarding, especially for those hellmen who push the boundaries of what is surfable.