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Laborious weekend

As summer came to a close this Labor Day weekend the Pacific unloaded

Updated: September 6, 2011, 3:41 PM ET
By Kimball Taylor | ESPN.com

"Egos and boards were breaking everywhere," said San Diego's Chris Patterson. He'd been working in Los Angeles when the pre-Labor Day freight train arrived. Sneaking out to some LA County pointbreaks that normally thrive on northwest swells Patterson found surfers on the bricks, tangled in rocks and boards in pieces. The swell that brought glory to the WCT event in Tahiti a week earlier played rope-a-dope in California. Long lulls were punctuated by sets of nearly a dozen waves. This ...

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