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Width to Win

Shorter, wider boards are the call in small V.B. surf

Updated: August 26, 2012, 11:16 AM ET
By Jon Coen | ESPN Action Sports

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Those on the hot sand in Virginia Beach today need to thank Al Merrick and Dane Reynolds. (Or maybe Robert Weiner and Adam Virs, whichever you choose.) We need to thank Slater and even Tom Curren -- anyone really, whose had the insight to understand that wider and shorter is better in small waves.

The 2012 Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships presented by Vans has been the little contest that could. Facing a forecast that ...

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