c Surfing What happens when a south swell and the world's biggest stand-up paddle event collide? Absolute chaos. Check out highlights from the 2014 Battle of the Paddle. The North Pacific big-wave season officially got underway this weekend as Mavericks roared to life with 20-foot sets and plenty of would-be heroes willing to tempt fate. From dishwasher to prodigal talent in anything from two feet to 20, Maui's Matt Meola is making a lot of moves these days. With a massive south swell hitting Fiji, Olympic ski icon Julia Mancuso tempts fate in thundering Cloudbreak. The ASP World Title scenarios are here, and going into the Moche Rip Curl Pro Portugal it's Medina's to lose, but Slater, Fanning, Parkinson and Florence still have a chance. For Hawaii's Mark Healey, a spot on "Big Wave Hellmen" was more than a chance to chase surf; it was an opportunity to show what really makes him tick. It's been said that the one having the most fun is the best surfer in the water, and based on Vans' surf team roster, they're having a pretty good time. Putting the fun back in surfing, the Vans team is keeping the stoke alive. After earning himself a big wave world title earlier this year, Grant "Twiggy" Baker edged out Shane Dorian to win the "Big Wave Hellmen" Challenge. Brandon Graham sits down with the Big Wave Hellmen and discuss paddle vs. versus tow-in surfing. Proving that he is very much the man to beat on the ASP World Tour, John John Florence kept up his winning ways with a convincing victory at the Quiksilver Pro France. John John Florence earns a statement-making win at the Quik Pro and Tyler Wright gets into world title contention with a win at the Roxy Pro. The ASP's run through France has had no shortage of intrigue. With a huge win in Portugal, her third of the season, Stephanie Gilmore has taken control of the race for the ASP Women's World Title.
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