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Some of the world's best surfers rode the big waves off Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Tuesday. The annual surf competition is one of the more challenging ones: Sharks frequent the area, waves crest at 25 feet, and a ridge of jagged rocks lies between the participants and land.
One competitor torpedoes down a massive wave during the Mavericks Surf Contest. The official contest period runs from Jan. 1 through March 31. The exact date is determined after the contest organizers' meteorology expert predicts when waves will be at their peak. Participants must be ready to hit the beach with only 24 hours' notice.