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Dorian's game-changing gizmo

Shane Dorian invents life-saving device for big-wave surfing

Updated: June 3, 2011, 6:49 PM ET
By Kimball Taylor

On Feb. 14, 2010, the day after that season's stellar Maverick's event, Shane Dorian paddled out from Pillar Point and took the beating of his life. In perfect position for a freakishly big set bearing down on the lineup, he spun from the pack and stroked into an estimated 40 feet of wave face. It was something he'd been doing with Úlan for two days -- at one point he even completed one of the most legit barrel rides ever witnessed at Maverick's. But, mid-face, a stair step developed ...

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