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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
Welcome to the plateau. It's where we gather to watch Yago Dora soar above our heads.
These are the fortunate few. Many epic sessions have fallen by the wayside, victims to our ruthless monthly culls, but the results are wondrous to behold.
Patagonia is a challenging lover, said the English novelist, Bruce Chatwin. It haunts you, it bewitches you, it wraps you in its arms and does not let you go.
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