c Surfing On the final day of the contest's waiting period, a healthy 10-foot swell at Sydney's Cape Solander kicked the Red Bull Cape Fear event into overdrive for 16 of the world's most talented, big-wave surfers. When Hurricane Marie formed off the coast of Mexico and tracked into Southern California's swell window surfers knew the waves were going to be big, but what happened in Malibu was unprecedented. The swell was no secret, and when it arrived on cue for the final of the Billabong Pro Tahiti, Gabriel Medina stepped up and beat Kelly Slater in the heaviest contest of the 2014 ASP season. The surf for the ASP World Tour's Billabong Pro Tahiti was expected to be massive. And indeed it was. Here are the highlights of the world's best surfers in epic conditions. With his statement-making win, Michael Dunphy brings the East Coast Surfing Championship title back to Virginia Beach for the first time in 33 years. Posted up at the "End of the Road" in Tahiti for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, the surf's turned on, and some of the world's best surfers are shining brightest without a jersey on. The opening rounds of the Billabong Pro Tahiti have been blessed with some classic conditions, but judging by the forecast, it's only going to get better. Sure the surf at Teahupoo was perfect for Rounds 1 and 2 at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, but there was no shortage of epic wipeouts, either. What do East Coasters have to look forward to on the elite-level pro surfing tour? Not much, but Right Coast talent may be on the rise. At the halfway point of the ASP World Tour season, Gabriel Medina leads the pack going into Tahiti. But there's a whole crew hot on his heels, including 11-time world champ Kelly Slater. Twenty-year-old San Clemente surfer Kolohe Andino has landed many high-profile sponsorships, including one with VISA. Here's a behind the scenes look of a commercial shoot at Teahupoo leading up to the Billabong Pro Tahiti. North Shore big-wave charger Mark Healey shares a glimpse of his life under water: spear fishing, swimming with bull sharks and just plain being at home in the ocean. He's one of the gnarliest watermen in the world, yet for some reason Maui's Kai Lenny doesn't get his due. Maybe it's because he's such a nice guy?
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