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Jamie Sterling crowned Big Wave World Champion

Updated: May 2, 2011, 4:14 PM ET
By Jake Howard

In 1990 Hawaii's Ronnie Burns lost his life in a motorcycle accident in the hills behind Velzyland. Cut from similar cloth as the late Sion Milosky, Burns was an inspirational local talent, and an emerging star on a more global level. A role model for hard-scrabble groms like Mark Healey and Jamie Sterling, his act at Sunset, Pipeline and more infamous North Shore reefs provided them with something to strive for. Before his death, Burns and Sterling's mom had been dating, and he'd stepped ...

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