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East Coasters are nowhere to be seen at surfing's elite competition level

Updated: July 31, 2011, 11:09 AM ET
By Jon Coen | ESPN Action Sports

The year was 2001 and everything was turned upside down. The 9/11 terrorist attacks had changed the world as we knew it. The ASP season was cut short, but when the year was over, Clifton James Hobgood, of Satellite Beach, Florida, was the World Champ.

Asterisk or not, Florida had another world champ on top of Kelly Slater's (then) six world titles. Hobgood's wonder twin, Damien, was a Top 10 insider. Gulf Coaster Cory Lopez finished 3rd and his brother, Shea, was a regular in ...

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