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The semis saw an increase in the surf and many of the usual suspects were charging toward the final while other BWWT newcomers battled for the remaining slots. The standouts of the round were Gabriel Villaran, Jamie Sterling, Greg Long, Ben Wilkinson, Joao De Macedo, and Aaron Ungerleider. The final started at 4:15 pm with only 1 and 1/2 hours sunlight remaining. The final saw the largest and most critical waves of the day. Jamie Sterling stepped it up and collected two excellent scores, a 9 (best wave doubled) and 8.5 to receive a total of 26.5 out of 30. "I'm stoked to have won. I love the wave… That's why I'm here. To surf against world-class surfers at a world-class wave is just icing on the cake." Said Jamie Sterling.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Aaron Ungerleider also heralding from the North Shore of Hawaii on what could easily be a peaky Mavericks number.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
The A-framing reef allowed competitors to split the peak and maximize scoring potential with big drops and long walls. Round 1 standouts included Gabriel Villaran, Grant Washburn, Ben Wilkinson and Ben Andrews (pictured).© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Greg Long relaxed as ever.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Jamie Sterling bottom turning his big wave sled like a standard thruster.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
The South Reef Bomb exhibition was a close battle between Nic Lamb and Rusty Long. Both exchanged many great waves in the 30ft face range but at the awards ceremony the surfers and fans gave the nod to Rusty Long (pictured).© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Rusty Long and Ben Andrews splitting the peak.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Jeff Denholme probably doesn't want to be lauded for paddling a big wave event with only one traditional arm, but we're impressed Jeff.© 2014 Brian Overfelt
Welcome to the winners' podium. The cream of February lies before you in four spectacular Atlantic sessions, big barrels being the theme.
The symbiosis of surfer and winter. The Astray Collective and Finisterre bring you a short narrated by Matt Smith and produced by Mickey Smith
Local Canarian, Lazi Ruedegger, finds some golden moments between the storms.
Nelscott Reef will today host the fifth stop of the Big Wave World Tour, kicking off with a women's superheat.
The European Association of Surfing Doctors announces its third annual conference, to be held at Mullaghmore on September 9.