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Peter Mel wins at 30-foot Pico Alto

Updated: August 12, 2011, 5:28 PM ET
By Jake Howard | ESPN Action Sports

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In very contestable 30-foot surf -- assuming that "contestable" and "30-foot surf" aren't a contradiction in terms -- the Billabong Pico Alto went off today in Peru. In an international final it was Maverick's veteran Peter Mel edging out underground Australian charger Ben Wilkinson (who incidentally winters in Half Moon Bay).

"Conditions grew all day like we expected," ...

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