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After the salt spray settles

Reflecting on the impact that the Mavericks Contest will have on surfing.

Updated: February 17, 2010, 11:58 AM ET
By Jason Murray

Cost of last minute airplane ticket to SFO: $245.

Fine for violating NOAA's idiotic policy against using jet-skis in the sanctuary: $500.

One hour of helicopter time to bring you the aerial perspective: $550.

Dropping some cameras and lenses into the ocean: $9,925.

Documenting the biggest waves ever ridden in a contest from air, land and sea: Priceless!

22 feet, 17 seconds and glassy. Enough said, well almost. After months ...

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