U.S. surfer Lakey Peterson is carried up the beach after claiming victory in a World Surf League event in Australia in March. The league says it will start paying the same prize money to men and women.
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Australia's Julian Wilson cuts back on a wave during his heat against Michel Bourez on day 5 of last year's Margaret River Pro Surfing Competition.
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Bruce Brown, seen in 1963, attempts to balance a mounted camera on his board while catching a wave. The man behind the seminal 1966 surfing documentary The Endless Summer died Sunday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif., at the age of 80.
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Sabah Abu Ghanim (right), began surfing at age 5 in the Mediterranean off the coast of the Gaza Strip. She was taught by her father, Rajab Abu Ghanim (left). But now that she's 17 and has graduated from high school, Sabah's parents have arranged a marriage and told her it's time to quit surfing. Here, father and daughter pose at home with a secondhand surfboard Rajab bought for the the family.
It took a team of delighted friends and family to help Florida engineer Matt Bellina (center) get back on his surfboard this summer after his severe spinal injury. The result? "I feel like I'm home," Bellina said.
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They're not just surfing for fun. Youngsters in Cape Town's Waves for Change are facing mental health problems. With the help of a surfing mentor and a counselor, they can learn how to cope.
A team from Honolulu, which included Jamie O'Brien of Hawaii's North Shore, won this week's surfing competition, held on one of the world's two biggest tidal bores, located in Hangzhou, China. The other is in the Amazon.
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John Hernandez of Kailua, Hawaii, who owns John's Fresh Fish, is shown on Thursday. In the background at right is a container ship owned by Matson Navigation Co. A pipe maintained by the company cracked and caused the molasses spill.