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Santa Cruz Surfer Finishes On Top At 'Titans Of Mavericks' Competition

Ben Margot / AP

Ben Wilkinson, left, surfs beside Greg Long who wipes out on a giant wave during the third heat of the Mavericks surfing contest Friday, Feb. 12, in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Ben Margot / AP

The big-wave surfing competition along the northern California coast, the "Titans of Mavericks" is over for this year.

The one-day, invitation-only competition, held at the legendary Mavericks surf break near Half Moon Bay, started with 24 surfers Friday at 8 a.m. 

Nic Lamb, from Santa Cruz, won this year's event, with Travis Payne of Pacifica finishing second and Greg Long of San Clemente, taking third place. 

Long did win the $10,000 prize for the "Peet’s Coffee Boldest Drop."


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Nic Lamb of Santa Cruz won the 2016 Titans of Mavericks big wave surf competition at Half Moon Bay, Calif. After climbing aboard a boat following the final, Lamb said he was "over the moon" about winning the event.    Red Bull TV / Courtesy

While the waves weren't epic, the six finalists dropped into some 15 to 18 foot waves during the afternoon final.

The final group of six big wave surfers catching waves off the coast of Northern California included 49-year-old Carlos Burle of Brazil.

The competition is held when the surf is expected to be huge, between Nov. 1 and March 31. The event was cancelled due to lack of high surf in 2015, 2012, 2011 and 2009.

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